Konstantyn Napolov & Eke Simons

The Collectors

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Music for piano and percussion, music that can be more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli grand piano, combined with the raw force and timbral structure of a giant set of percussion, and even some electronics here and there.

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Music for piano and percussion, music that can be more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli grand piano, combined with the raw force and timbral structure of a giant set of percussion, and even some electronics here and there.

Jan-Peter de Graaff’s The Bells of St. Clement’s is a work in three movements based on the English nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”. This nursery rhyme plays in important role in the novel “1984” by Orwell. In it, the nursery rhyme is a symbol of the notion that the promise of freedom in a totalitarian society might be another form of oppression, where hope is a terrible illusion.

Yannis Kyriakides’ Once There Was is a suite of pieces based on traditional nursery rhymes as well. Many of these rhymes have dark and historically significant themes, yet are used to foster emotion and cultivate language. In some cases, rhymes were censored to mask the political message that lie within.

In Moritz Eggert’s piece The Collectors, the composer wants to find a way to tell the story of how music is collected, how it consists of sounds and ideas and events that slowly begin to make sense because they are arranged in a certain order. To collect is to try finding meaning in a seemingly disordered world. Eggert has always had the feeling it secretly makes a lot of sense. Both the world and collecting.

Samuel Penderbayne’s Shameless is a short, dense and theatrical work. His primary stimulus for the piece was to find the point where physical instrumental virtuosity combines effectively with theatrical performance.  This can be seen in three main sections: the first is a sort of cat-and-mouse between percussion and piano; the second is a loud and shameless cacophony of yelling, piano clusters and gongs; the final part is a relatively soft and withdrawn meditation that should give the work a surprisingly calm finish.

The Dutch Golden Collection was founded by Konstantyn Napolov to develop percussion instruments, search and create new music languages, extend the repertoire for solo and chamber music, and promote the created contemporary works worldwide. Popularisation of percussion instruments and creating new masterworks is one of the key aims of The Dutch Golden Collection.

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  1. The Bells of St. Clemens: I. Oranges and lemons Jan-Peter de Graaff 8:33
  2. The Bells of St. Clemens: II. The chopper Jan-Peter de Graaff 5:19
  3. The Bells of St. Clemens: III. A place without darkness Jan-Peter de Graaff 3:48
  4. Once There Was: I. On a wall, in a beck Yannis Kyriakides 1:44
  5. Once There Was: II. Here comes a candle Yannis Kyriakides 4:30
  6. Once There Was: III. A garden full of snow Yannis Kyriakides 3:23
  7. Once There Was: IV. Until the sun Yannis Kyriakides 2:59
  8. Once There Was: V. XYZ and ampersand Yannis Kyriakides 1:57
  9. Once There Was: VI. All the birds in the air Yannis Kyriakides 4:49
  10. Once There Was: VII. Black Wool Yannis Kyriakides 1:47
  11. The Collectors Moritz Eggert 27:13
  12. Shameless Samuel Penderbayne 3:41

More information

Label

TRPTK

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Artist(s)

Eke Simons
Konstantyn Napolov

Composer(s)

Eggert, Moritz
Graaff, Jan-Peter de
Kyriakides, Yannis
Penderbayne, Samuel

Recording location(s)

Theater aan het Spui – Grote Zaal, The Hague (NL)

Recording date(s)

July 2018

Recording format

PCM 352.8kHz 32bit

Cat. No.

TTK 0027

Release date

August 19th, 2018

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"Behind every composition is its own story that is being told by Konstantyn Napolov and Eke Simons. They paint fascinating musical landscapes full of subtleties, tension, and sonic atmospheres."

Ruud Jonker, Music Emotion

"Even listening in regular stereo you can’t believe your own ears, let alone when this happens in surround sound. The feeling persists that the musicians are performing in your room. […] In other words, whatever you can say about the music, what is in order here is the highest possible opinion of the artisan profession that is music."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

"The work of Kyriakides stands out in its obscurity, Eggert proposes a good dose of humor."

Merlijn Kerkhof, De Volkskrant

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