The Best of Minimal Piano Music Jeroen van Veen

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Genre: Instrumental

Subgenre: Piano

Artist: Jeroen van Veen

Composer: Philip Glass, John Adams, Yann Tiersen, Erik Satie, Yiruma, Zbigniew Preisner, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi

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  • Philip Glass (1937):
  • 1Opening from Glassworks08:54
  • Metamorphosis:
  • 2Metamorphosis I07:00
  • 3Metamorphosis II06:55
  • 4Metamorphosis III04:22
  • 5Metamorphosis IV05:52
  • 6Metamorphosis V06:06
  • Philip Glass:
  • 7Mad Rush15:12
  • 8The Hours07:13
  • 9Modern Love Waltz04:57
  • 10Truman Show02:10
  • 11Etude XI in C Minor08:29
  • John Adams (1735 - 1926):
  • 12China Gates05:54
  • 13Phrygian Gates28:14
  • 14Aforisme II04:19
  • 15Canto Ostinato, 1st Edition25:38
  • 16The Body of Your Dreams08:40
  • 17On & Off Situation Blues01:53
  • 18Sound01:06
  • Yann Tiersen ( b. 1970):
  • 19Comptine d'un autre été, l'après-Midi02:30
  • 20Le moulin03:34
  • 21La dispute02:13
  • 22Sur le fil05:09
  • 23La valse d'amelie02:35
  • 24Big my Secret03:57
  • 25Lost and Found03:12
  • 26The Heart Asks Pleasure First04:18
  • 27Für Alina18:44
  • 28Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka05:56
  • 29Fratres11:44
  • 30Spiegel im Spiegel09:10
  • 31Bibo no aozora06:36
  • Erik Satie (1866 - 1925):
  • 32Gymnopédie I04:46
  • Gnossiennes:
  • 33Gnossiennes I05:27
  • 34Gnossiennes II02:46
  • 35Gnossiennes III04:05
  • 36Gnossiennes IV04:03
  • Minimal Prelude:
  • 37Minimal Prelude07:40
  • 38Minimal Prelude 18, Lego09:33
  • 39Minimal Prelude 1502:42
  • 40Minimal Prelude 2307:02
  • 41Minimal Prelude 4808:55
  • 42Minimal Prelude 5006:26
  • 43Minimal Prelude 6106:39
  • Erik Satie:
  • 44Piano Concerto, II Movement08:46
  • Yiruma (b. 1978):
  • 45River Flows in You03:30
  • 46May Be03:53
  • 47Kiss the Rain03:52
  • 48Yellow Room03:49
  • 49Destiny of Love03:56
  • Zbigniew Preisner (b. 1955):
  • 50To See More04:34
  • 51The Art of Flying04:18
  • 52A Good Morning Melody05:19
  • 53A Tune a Day04:56
  • 54Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence04:31
  • 55The Sheltering Sky05:12
  • 56Seven Samurai - Ending Theme05:40
  • 57The Last Emperor II05:44
  • 58Thousand Knives05:56
  • Max Richter (b. 1966):
  • 59Andras04:30
  • 60H for New England01:56
  • 61The Family02:41
  • 62Written on the Sky II05:18
  • Ludovico Einaudi (b. 1955):
  • 63Una Mattina, Long Version09:05
  • 64Le onde04:47
  • 65I giorni06:52
  • 66Primavera07:36
  • 67Nuvuole bianche06:33
  • 68Passaggio05:23
  • Seven Days Walking:
  • 69Seven Days Walking: I. Gravity06:37
  • 70Seven Days Walking: II. A Sense of Symmetry02:31
  • 71Seven Days Walking: III. Cold Wind08:43
  • 72Seven Days Walking: IV. Low Mist06:35
  • 73Seven Days Walking: V. The Path of the Fossils10:05
  • 74Seven Days Walking: VI. The Tower03:48
  • Total Runtime07:49:32

Info for The Best of Minimal Piano Music

Highlights from the award-winning, much-praised series of Brilliant Classics recordings by today’s leading champion of minimalist piano repertoire.

The journey towards simplicity so comprehensively charted by Jeroen van Veen’s discography over the past decade begins chronologically with the unique world of Erik Satie. In the quietly unique music of this ever-underrated pioneer lies the seeds of so much that was to come to fruition in the latter half of the last turbulent century. Satie belonged neither to the Impressionists nor the Modernists nor any other school, and it took John Cage and the New York modernists of the 1950s to rediscover him as more than a provocateur or a purveyor of salon trifles.

Yet, at much the same time on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Soviet-era composers were starting to chafe against both the tenets of serialism and also the requirements of the State for neo-Romantic hymns to labour and triumph. Arvo Pärt was reaching for the same destination as the American triumvirate of Adams, Glass and Reich, only from the other end of the stylistic spectrum. The English critic and composer Michael Nyman first used the term ‘Minimalism’ in print, and it stuck. The last 40 years have witnessed an explosion of popularity and wider interest in a world of music that transcends the four-bar sequences and relentless rhythms of pop, while forsaking the ivory tower of modernism, to offer music that speaks to listeners in search of quiet and stillness, music to meditate by as well as music to stir the blood.

And for the last 15 years Jeroen van Veen has recorded much of it in his home studio in the Netherlands, as well as achieving great popular success with performances much farther afield. His recordings have been acclaimed for their nuances of touch as well as their technical command of music demanding formidable reserves of precision and patience. The present collection also includes several new recordings, of Simeon ten Holt and the latest album by Lodovico Einaudi, which sold out houses around the world when the composer toured it last year. This indispensable digest of minimalist piano is the perfect starting point for a new listener but it also holds considerable attractions for seasoned collectors.

Without doubt Jeroen van Veen established himself as “The leading exponent of minimalism today” (Fanfare), “Jeroen van Veen has been a powerhouse in the piano world” (Musicweb). His numerous recordings for Brilliant Classics include works by Glass, Reich, Ten Holt, Pärt, Satie, Tiersen, Einaudi, Preisner and many others.

Based on his vast experience and all-encompassing repertoire Jeroen van Veen himself selected the best, most appealing and representative works, to form “The Best of Minimal Piano Music”: works by Philip Glass, Simeon ten Holt (Canto Ostinato!), John Adams, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman, Arvo Pärt, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Erik Satie and Jeroen van Veen (yes, he is a composer is well), music suitable for multiple purposes: relaxing, working-out, background sound, meditation.

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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