Arvo Pärt Für Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music Jeroen van Veen

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2014

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22.04.2015

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  • Arvo Pärt (1935)
  • 1Für Alina (1976)20:19
  • 2Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka (1977)05:56
  • 3Ukuaru valss (1973, rev. 2010)02:54
  • 4Für Anna Maria No. 1 (2006)01:21
  • 5Für Alina No. 1 (1976)02:41
  • 6Pari intervallo (1976, rev. 2008)05:27
  • 7Hymn to a Great City (1984, rev. 2004)05:09
  • 8Für Anna Maria No. 2 (2006)01:08
  • 9Für Alina No. 2 (1976)03:16
  • 10Fratres (1977, rev. 1980)11:55
  • 11Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)09:09
  • 12I. Der gestiefelte Kater00:44
  • 13II. Rotkäppchen und der Wolf02:15
  • 14III. Schmetterlinge02:06
  • 15IV. Tanz der Entenküken02:35
  • 16Sonatina No. 1- I. Allegro02:33
  • 17Sonatina No. 1- II. Larghetto04:18
  • 18Sonatina No. 1- III. Allegro00:26
  • 19Sonatine No. 2- I. Allegro energico01:53
  • 20Sonatine No. 2- II. Largo02:03
  • 21Sonatine No. 2- III. Allegro01:48
  • 22Partita, Op. 2- I. Toccatina00:51
  • 23Partita, Op. 2- II. Fughetta01:05
  • 24Partita, Op. 2- III. Larghetto03:17
  • 25Partita, Op. 2- IV. Ostinato02:09
  • 26Für Alina No. 3 (1976)23:07
  • Total Runtime02:00:25

Info for Arvo Pärt Für Anna Maria, Complete Piano Music

Jeroen Van Veen has released a series of acclaimed recordings on Brilliant Classics of music by the masters of Minimalism, that 1960s-derived aesthetic in which it is not so much the case that more can be said with less as that less seems to be necessary in an increasingly noisy and chaotic world. The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has never counted himself as among the minimalist number, nor indeed was he schooled in their new traditions, but emerged in the 1960s as an angry and dissonant voice whose musically expressed anger against Communist oppression of his native country could barely be contained within the tumultuous textures of works such as the Third Symphony, but a combination of personal circumstances and aesthetic decisions led him to pare back his style to the world of eerie calm and yet underlying melancholy that has made works such as the Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten such an enduring favourite even among audiences who would not otherwise count themselves as aficionados of the European contemporary music scene. But then Pärt has never fitted into any one stylistic box, and alongside the quiet rapture of Für Alina we may find the student-era tinkling of the intriguing early Dance Pieces, as well as arrangements of classics such as Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel – here interpreted by Dutch cellist Douw Fonda – that seem to preserve their special mood no matter what the instrumental forces; a quality they share with works of Pärt's compositional idol, J.S. Bach.

“Jeroen van Veen’s recording can stand alongside the best from any source, and this set is worthy of high praise in every regard.” (MusicWeb International)

Jeroen van Veen, piano


Jeroen Van Veen
born 1969 started playing the piano at the age of 7. He studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Alwin Bär and Håkon Austbö. In 1993 he passed the Performing Artists' Exam. Van Veen has played with orchestras conducted by Howard Williams, Peter Eötvös, Neal Stulberg and Robert Craft. He has played recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia & the USA. Van Veen attended master classes with Claude Helffer, Hans-Peter & Volker Stenzl and Roberto Szidon. He was invited to several festivals; Reder Piano Festival (1988), Festival der Kunsten in Bad Gleichenberg (1992), Wien Modern (1993), Holland Dance Festival (1998) Lek Art Festival (1996-2007). Van Veen recorded for major Dutch Radio- and Television companies like AVRO, NOS, IKON, NCRV, TROS/Internet, WTBC-TV & Radio (Florida, U.S.A.) and Moscow Television. In 1992, Van Veen recorded his first CD with his brother Maarten as the internationally recognized Piano duo Van Veen. In 1995 Piano duo Van Veen made their debut in the United States. They were prizewinners in the prestigious 4th International Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in Miami, Florida. After this achievement they toured the United States and Canada many times. The documentary "Two Pianos One Passion" (nominated with an Emmy Award 1996) documents them as a duo.

In 1995 Jeroen Van Veen founded the duo Sandra & Jeroen van Veen, a piano duo with Sandra Mol. As such, they mainly perform (minimal) music for multiple pianos by Erik Satie, Douwe Eisenga, Simeon ten Holt and many more. Beside his career as a solo pianist Van Veen also participates in the following ensembles: ‘Piano Ensemble’, ‘The International Piano Quartet’, ‘Piano Mania’, ‘DJ Piano’ and ‘Jeroen van Veen & Friends’.

The various (>80) compositions by Van Veen may be described as ‘Minimal Music’ with different faces, Crossovers to Jazz, Blues, Soundscape, Avant-Garde, Techno, Trance and Pop Music. Currently Mr. Van Veen is director of Van Veen Productions, Chairman of the Simeon ten Holt Foundation, Culemborg Cultural Foundation, Pianomania Foundation and artistic director of several music festivals in Culemborg, Utrecht and Veldhoven. He is active in Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition based in Miami (USA). Over the last 20 years Van Veen recorded more than 100 CDs for several labels Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics, and his own label PIANO. The recording of Les Noces for Koch and Naxos was stated in the New York Times as " the best recording ever". Classics Today on Erik Satie pianoworks four hands, 10 artistic quality, 10 sound quality.

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