Tiersen: Pour Amélie, Piano Music Jeroen van Veen

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Jeroen van Veen

Composer: Yann Pierre Tiersen (1970-)

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  • 1L'après midi02:24
  • 2Comptine d'été No. 202:42
  • 3Comptine d'été No. 302:32
  • 4Le vieux en veut encore01:40
  • 5Toujours la01:24
  • 6Comptine d'été No. 102:22
  • 7La piece vide01:54
  • 8La dispute02:16
  • 9Sur le fil05:15
  • 10Les jours heureux02:20
  • 11La chute06:02
  • 12L'absente03:19
  • 13Le retour01:52
  • 14La valse d'Amélie02:43
  • 15Le moulin03:40
  • 16Le matin02:06
  • 17La plage02:13
  • 18Les retrouvailles02:20
  • 19La jetee01:02
  • 20Tabarly02:46
  • 218 mmm02:25
  • 22Point Zero03:06
  • 23Summer 7803:59
  • 24Coma01:58
  • 25Childhood (1)01:54
  • 26From Prison to Hospital01:23
  • 27Mother01:42
  • 28Watching Lara01:51
  • 29Selling Dishes00:51
  • 30First Rendez-Vous01:33
  • 31The Decant Session00:53
  • 32Lara's Castle02:02
  • 33The Deutsch Mark is Coming01:15
  • 34I Saw Daddy Today02:20
  • 35Birthday Preparations01:45
  • 36Good Bye Lenin05:30
  • 37Childhood (2)02:44
  • 38Letters01:32
  • 39Mother's Journey01:33
  • 40Preparations for the Last TV Fake03:12
  • 41Mother Will Die03:30
  • 42Father is Late01:41
  • 43Father and Mother03:29
  • 44Finding the Money01:32
  • 45Summer 78 (2)04:24
  • Total Runtime01:50:56

Info for Tiersen: Pour Amélie, Piano Music

The maestro of Minimalist piano music has done it again, with an album of gentle melodies and soothing sounds from Yann Tiersen (b.1970) a composer best known outside his native France for the soundtrack to the movie Amélie (2001): the soundtrack sold over 200,000 copies in his homeland, and became Platinum in the US and Germany.

Tiersen’s music helped to make the movie a hit, capturing its bittersweet mix of humour and sadness, and many of the best-known pieces from the soundtrack are included on this new album, such as the Satie-tinged ‘Waltz of Amélie’, but there is much more recent music here which Tiersen wrote in the wake of the film’s success, including extracts from his soundtracks to Goodbye Lenin (2003) and Tabarly (2008), which tells the tragic story of the French sailor Eric Tabarly, who won the Single-Handed Transatlantic Yacht Race twice before drowning in the Irish Sea.

Tiersen’s music is often melancholy and reflective, but there are many lighter and more uptempo numbers on this wide-ranging survey of his output.

French composer Yann Tiersen (born 1970) is one of the most popular and successful film music writers of today. His soulful and melancholic music finds its traces in folk music, French chansons, musette waltzes, street music, but also in the minimalism of Satie, Glass and Nyman.

His international breakthrough came with the music for the French blockbuster “Amélie”. Later followed “Goodbey Lenin” and others.

Dutch pianist, pioneer and champion of Minimalism Jeroen van Veen recorded Tiersen’s most popular melodies, playing the piano in his inimitable way: focussed, serene and hypnotising.

A worthy successor of Van Veen’s successful recordings for Brilliant Classics of piano music by Glass, Pärt, Yiruma and many others.

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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