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Composer
Simeon ten Holt (1923-)
Format
2 CD Jewelcase
Cat. Number
9261
EAN Code
5029365926126

piano
Fred Oldenburg
piano
Irene Russo
piano
Jeroen van Veen
piano
Sandra van Veen

Recorded in 2005, Culemborg by Jeroen van Veen (Van Veen Productions.com)
 
About this release
'My compositions take shape without any predetermined plan and are, as it were, the reflection of a quest for an unknown goal.' Simeon ten Holt

The Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt (b.1923) began his career immersed in the intricacies and innovations of serialism, exploring what he described as 'the semantics of musical language' in an endeavour to expand his musical expression. However, in 1970 he abandoned the complex twelve-note technique that had been the standard since the Second World War, and returned to sounds and patterns that were easier for the ear to understand. In doing so, he created a unique Dutch minimalist style, using simple triads, shifting rhythmic patterns and repetition.

Canto Ostinato, scored for four grand pianos, is the quintessential example of Ten Holt's groundbreaking minimalist style, one of his most well-known and critically-acclaimed compositions. Constructed using short cells that can be repeated an indeterminate number of times by performers, the music is hypnotic and emotionally moving, taking listeners on a journey through musical landscapes.

With an expert performance by Piano Ensemble, a group that includes a number of specialists in minimalism, this recording is authoritative, complex yet accessible, and an essential addition to the collection of anyone interested in minimalism.

Other information:
- Considered one of the best and most successful works of "Minimal Music", the Canto Ostinato by Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt acquired a cult status.
- Performed on four Fazioli Grand Pianos.
- Performances all over the world work their magic power over the audience, hypnotising the listeners in the sequences of repeated phrases, subtly changing textures and unheard sonorities.
- Booklet notes written by the performers and composer.

 
Tracklisting


Ten Holt: Canto Ostinato, Part I


1.
Section 1
03:54
2.
Section 5
04:14
3.
Section 10
05:20
4.
Section 14
08:42
5.
Section 20
08:10
6.
Section 25
07:01
7.
Section 35
05:19
8.
Section 41
07:47
9.
Section 56
03:59
10.
Section 60
01:10
11.
Section 69
04:10
12.
Theme I, Section 74
05:11
13.
Section 78
03:22
14.
Section 83
06:31

Ten Holt: Canto Ostinato, Part II


1.
Section 88 A
07:32
2.
Section 88 B
08:43
3.
Section 88 E
05:47
4.
Section 88 F
08:44
5.
Section 88 C
06:26
6.
Section 89
02:38
7.
Section 91 A
02:42
8.
Section 91 C
04:17
9.
Section 91 E
08:00
10.
Section 92
01:31
11.
Theme II, Section 95
04:58
12.
Section 97
03:50
13.
Section 105
01:43
14.
Section 106
03:07

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