Richter: Droplets II

Konstantyn Napolov

TTK 0057

Live from The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam

It’s May 27, 2020, and we are in the final days of the first national lockdown in which concert life in the Netherlands has come to a complete standstill. That afternoon, the world-renowned Grote Zaal of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is completely empty – except for one percussionist. At that moment, Konstantyn Napolov performs, on only one minuscule gong (a Chinese opera gong with a diameter of 13″, to be precise) that was made in Wuhan, a piece by the Dutch composer Christiaan Richter, titled ‘Droplets II’.

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About the album

It’s May 27, 2020, and we are in the final days of the first national lockdown in which concert life in the Netherlands has come to a complete standstill. That afternoon, the world-renowned Grote Zaal of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is completely empty – except for one percussionist. At that moment, Konstantyn Napolov performs, on only one minuscule gong (a Chinese opera gong with a diameter of 13″, to be precise) that was made in Wuhan, a piece by the Dutch composer Christiaan Richter, titled ‘Droplets II’.

A good response to the spirit of the times, one would say – but no, according to the composer, neither the title of the piece nor the choice for an instrument from the place where the virus first appeared have anything to do with the current Covid19-times and all of this is based on coincidence. In fact, the piece Droplets II is part of the Richter’s cycle ‘Droplets’, consisting of four pieces for percussion solo, which was composed in 2017 for Napolov and premiered by him as part of the Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht.

Tracklist

  1. Droplets II Christiaan Richter 12:05

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Artist(s)

Konstantyn Napolov

Composer(s)

Christiaan Richter

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Label

TRPTK Sessions

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

May 27th 2020

Recording location

The Royal Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal
Amsterdam (NL)

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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