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|Louis Andriessen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Susan Bickley|
Louis Andriessen: Writing to Vermeer
Genres: Jazz, Classical
Writing to Vermeer is the sixth Nonesuch release from Louis Andriessen, the most highly regarded contemporary composer working in the Netherlands today, an influential and inconoclastic figure whose work has been presented... more »
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Writing to Vermeer is the sixth Nonesuch release from Louis Andriessen, the most highly regarded contemporary composer working in the Netherlands today, an influential and inconoclastic figure whose work has been presented on stages throughout the world. The multimedia opera contrasts the alluring stillness and warm glow of the domestic scenes painted by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer with the clangorous political, social and economic turmoil or the encroaching outside world during the late 1700's.
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Jeff Abell | Chicago, IL USA | 12/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first discovered the music of Louis Andriessen, I suddenly understood more clearly why so many contemporary composers (esp. those who'd worked with him) sounded the way they did. Andriessen brings a European edge to the repetitive, jazz & rock tinged music we call "Minimal" in the USA. I ran out and bought just about everything available on CD. Listening to this new opera, however, I'm reminded that every composer has a tendency to repeat themselves. While there are some absolutely stunning moments in this piece (especially those that combine music with concrete sound) I also found the all-female voices got taxing about 90 minutes in. An opera, after all, is a theatrical experience, and I bet this piece (with staging and projections by Peter Greenaway) was dazzling to watch. Where the hell's the DVD?"
Pedro D. Luzko | USA | 01/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Powerful piece. I enjoyed the freshness of ideas and the combination of melodic and rhythmic aspects. The citation of medieval themes give the piece a great swing."