CDs by Matthijs Koene
Verso: ‘Chasing Piazzolla’
This is the second CD by Verso (Matthijs Koene, panpipes and Stefan Gerritsen, guitar), presenting an anthology of the duo’s latest hits. All of the pieces on ‘Chasing Piazzolla’ are rooted in folk music, for example the famous ‘Histoire de tango’ by Piazzolla, and the Romanian folk dances by Bartók. Contemporary composers such as Guus Janssen, Nico Huijbregts and Artyom Kim followed in the footsteps of these masters, writing new works that have the potential to become similar classics. Finally, there is also the exceptional ‘Travelling Sonata’ by Roland Dyens, the French master guitarist and composer. He was initially no great fan of the panpipes (to put it mildly), but was eventually very satisfied with his result. In his own words: “only fools never change their minds.”
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The debut album of Verso (Matthijs Koene, panpipes and Stefan Gerritsen, guitar) is the first ever CD consisting entirely of autonomous works for panpipes and guitar. Seven composers were left entirely free to explore the possibilities of this unique combination. The result is an incredibly varied listening experience: modern classical music in cross pollination with fragments of jazz, world music, pop and dance.
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Black Pencil Ensemble: ‘La Volta’
This CD draws inspiration from the unique collection of Thomas Morley: ‘First Book of Consort Lessons’ (1599). These beautiful pavanes, galliards and variations upon folk tunes and dances were the basis for the realisation of our own arrangements, as well as a range of new compositions. With Matthijs Koene – panpipes, Jorge Isaac – recorders, Esra Pehlivanli – viola, Marko Kassl – accordion, and Enric Monfort – percussion.
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Black Pencil Ensemble: ‘Kaiseki’
Kaiseki is inspired by the characteristics of the Japanese Kaiseki cuisine and dining tradition: attention for detail, space and emptiness, avoiding repetition, variation, symmetry, eating noises, and referencing the seasons. On this CD we hear a number of works specially written for Black Pencil, by contemporary composers each with their own distinctive approach. With Matthijs Koene – panpipes, Jorge Isaac – recorders, Esra Pehlivanli – viola, Marko Kassl – accordion, and Enric Monfort – percussion.
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Black Pencil Ensemble: ‘Buffoni’
This is the debut CD of Black Pencil, inspired by the 16th century Italian tradition of Commedia dell’arte. Works by Roderik de Man, Chiel Meijering, Guus Janssen and Nico Huijbregts, complemented by our own arrangements of early music by Gallo, Gastoldi, Pergolesi and Telemann. With Matthijs Koene – panpipes, Jorge Isaac – recorders, Esra Pehlivanli – viola, Marko Kassl – accordion, and Enric Monfort – percussion.
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Roderik de Man: Past & Present Tracks
A double CD featuring compositions by Roderik de Man, written between 1991 and 2011. Matthijs’ contribution is a performance of the work ‘Turbulenza di Protoni’ for panpipes and organ, with organist Pieter van Dijk. Next to this, he also plays on two ensemble tracks: ‘Black Pencil Music’ and ‘Fuerza Interior’, both performed with the Black Pencil Ensemble.
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Daan Manneke: Perfla!
Recordings of organ works by Daan Manneke, performed by Jos van der Kooy, have now been released along with a selection of new works on the double CD ‘Perfla!’. Not only the organ falls under the moniker ‘Blow ye winds!’, but also the panpipes, played by virtuoso Matthijs Koene. Daan Manneke: “Though these works present just a small cross section of my oeuvre, I am nevertheless extremely happy with this selection, as the variety they show gives a good idea of what I have aimed to express through my work over the past years.”
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