Halo (CD)

Ilonka Kolthof & Ralph van Raat

TTK 0044 CD

 19,95

For this album, I chose six compositions written for the ‘classical’ combination of piccolo and piano, highlighting the piccolo in a wide variety of different guises. It whispers, sings, cries and even screams at times. One moment it revels in virtuoso acrobatics, the next it moans in hushed undertones. The whole gamut of its expressive potential is explored.

About the album

I am convinced that the piccolo has entered a new era. After years of being perceived as just a colour in the orchestra, the time has come for this beautiful little instrument to conquer the stage on its own merit. Despite its negligible size, the piccolo harbours a surprisingly rich palette of sounds. Its powers of expression and outspoken character offer endless opportunities to elevate it into the ranks of solo instruments, equal to the flute, the violin, the piano and so on.

With that in mind, I founded the Dutch Piccolo Project. Its aim is to actively promote the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument and create a repertoire. Close collaboration with a number of Dutch composers has so far resulted in an eclectic collection of new compositions for the piccolo as a solo instrument and in combination with other instruments such as the piano, the harp and percussion. In doing so, its repertoire has expanded substantially.

For this album, I chose six compositions written for the ‘classical’ combination of piccolo and piano, highlighting the piccolo in a wide variety of different guises. It whispers, sings, cries and even screams at times. One moment it revels in virtuoso acrobatics, the next it moans in hushed undertones. The whole gamut of its expressive potential is explored.

The compositions on this recording also demonstrate the variety and remarkable standard of contemporary music in The Netherlands. I therefore carefully selected composers who not only show affinity with the piccolo, but also speak with a unique voice, each showcasing the diversity of musical creativity in my home country.

This album is the beginning of an exciting journey, which definitely will take me to places I haven’t been before. It raises expectations for the future of the instrument I so dearly love.

Tracklist

  1. Anemoon tot wolk: haiku for piccolo and piano Piet-Jan van Rossum 06:13
  2. The last cocktail...: I. Homage to Gershwin Allan Segall 04:23
  3. The last cocktail...: II. Homage to Nancarrow Allan Segall 01:56
  4. The last cocktail...: III. Homage to Messiaen Allan Segall 04:03
  5. Halo Bart Spaan 14:07
  6. Sonata for piccolo and piano: I. Jan Vriend 11:10
  7. Sonata for piccolo and piano: II. Jan Vriend 08:15
  8. Sonata for piccolo and piano: III. Scherzo Jan Vriend 04:53
  9. Sonata for piccolo and piano: IV. Jan Vriend 07:35
  10. Meccanica Jan-Peter de Graaff 08:19
  11. Rickshaw Zip Ned McGowan 09:32

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“Kolthof impresses with alternating brilliant and lyrical play. Pianist Ralph van Raat excels in the demanding keyboard parts.” ★★★★☆

Joep Christenhusz, NRC

“Kolthof whispers impressively with the piccolo” ★★★★☆

Merlijn Kerkhof, de Volkskrant

“It’s remarkable that in chamber music, the piccolo loses its brittleness, and sounds very sweet and sympathetic.”

Jan de Kruijff, Musicalifeiten

Artist(s)

Ilonka Kolthof
Ralph van Raat

Composer(s)

Allan Segall
Bart Spaan
Jan Vriend
Jan-Peter de Graaff
Ned McGowan
Piet-Jan van Rossum

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

20 – 22 August 2019

Recording location

Jurriaanse Zaal
De Doelen
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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