Concerto Métis


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Roland Dyens (1955-2016) was a unique French guitar virtuoso, composer, arranger and improviser who famously always started his own concerts with an improvisation in order to allow the choice of program to develop organically from the moment and the venue. This urge for originality and freedom can be found in all of his music for there is never a dull moment – his entire oeuvre is extremely dynamic. The CD Concerto Métis is a tribute to this unique guitarist/composer and makes it possible for every music lover to get acquainted with his passionate and compelling music.

One of his most important works is the Concerto Métis, for guitar and string orchestra, on this CD performed by Enno Voorhorst with The String Soloists. Both Enno and The String Soloists were deeply drawn to the unique style of Dyens, which seems to belong between works by French composers such as Poulenc or Milhaud and the chansons of Brel or Nougaro. His most famous work, the Tango en Skai, is included here in an uplifting version with string orchestra. Enno Voorhorst made an arrangement for guitar and string orchestra of the second movement of the Concerto en Si which was originally written for guitar orchestra. Together with Roland Dyens, they named it Sérénade and it is presented here for the first time on CD. The solo works on this CD are a selection from his extensive repertoire, including some wonderful, less well-known works that most certainly deserve our attention.

Enno Voorhorst won the first prize at the International Guitar Competition in Hof (Germany) and in 1992 the Dutch Guitar Prize. He played in the important Dutch venues such as Vredenburg and de Anton Philipszaal. He has regularly played in the most prestigious concert halls in Holland and gives concerts and master classes throughout Europe, Asia and America. His two CDs with repertoire from Agustín Barrios Mangoré and his latest CD Bach-Pärt-Desprez earned him international acclaim and received outstanding critics.

The String Soloists is an international dynamic string ensemble based in Amsterdam, comprising 14 string players who perform under the leadership of its concertmaster Janneke van Prooijen and artistic leader Lisa Jacobs. Their approach to making music without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from other chamber orchestras as this commitment demands a uniquely intense involvement from each of the musicians. The composition of the ensemble enables them to play both as ensemble members and as soloists within the group and all of them are active members of the international music scene, both as chamber musicians and as solo players. The String Soloists have performed at most of the prestigious venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.


Concerto Metis - Allegro rubato, allegretto, allegro rubato
Concerto Metis - Andante
Concerto Metis - Allegro giocoso, quasi adagio, allegro vivace
Theme Felin
Lettre a la Seine
Saudade no.1
Saudade no.2
Saudade no.3: Rituel - Danse, Fete et Final
Lettre a Monsieur Messiaen
Tango en Skai

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Acoustic Revive

Digital Converters

Hapi, Merging Technologies

Editing Software



Simplicio 1927 copy Federico Sheppard


Bruel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis


The recording was originally digitized using the dCS 904, which operated at DSD64. 
The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer) in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps.
Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling.
We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.


Tom Peeters

Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters

Recording location

Cunerakerk, Rhenen, The Netherlands on October 23, 24, 25, 2017

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Press reviews

EGTA Magazine NL, nov.2018

Enno Voorhorst is een gitarist bij wie de liefde en de gepassioneerdheid voor de muziek die hij speelt hoorbaar is. In de kalmte die hij waar nodig etaleert en in de onstuimigheid waartoe de muziek van Dyens hem soms uitdaagt. Het Concerto Métis is heerlijk geschreven, zowel voor spelers al voor luisteraars. Spannende ritmes die je te grazen nemen, lyrische melodieën om letterlijk-maar nooit te lang- bij weg te dromen. De balans tussen solist en strijkorkest is mooi en klinkt natuurlijk. == Enno Voorhorst is a guitarist with whom the love and passion for the music he plays is audible. In the calm he shows where necessary and in the turbulence to which the music of Dyens sometimes challenges him. The Concerto Métis is wonderfully written, for both players as listeners.Exciting rhythms that catch you, lyrical melodies to literally -but never to long – dream away on. The balance between soloist and string orchestra is beautiful and sounds natural.

MusicEmotion, april 2020 5 out of 5

“Wat is dít een ongelooflijke fijne CD! Hier ga je werkelijk op het puntje van de stoel zitten van muzikaal genot. Hier ‘klopt’ alles: compositie(s), artistieke prestatie(s), opnametechniek – hulde Tom Peeters als producer en recording engineer – opnamelocatie en mijn openstellen voor hedendaags klassieke muziek.”
“What an incredible fine CD this is! Here you really sit on the edge of the chair of musical pleasure. Here everything is “right”: composition (s), artistic performance (s), recording technique – tribute Tom Peeters as producer and recording engineer – recording location and my opening up to contemporary classical music.”

Classical Guitar, spring 2019

Powerful Dyens, with strings and without. Superb interpretations of popular and less-played works. A CD celebrating the music of one of the greatest guitarists of the last 50 years is indeed something to rejoice in….Enno Voorhorst is a formidable guitarist whose portrait reveals a soul of great strength and depth. He really “gets” Dyens…This is a superb recording featuring playing of the highest order. Definitely in my Top Five for 2018! – 

Gitarre & Laute 5 out of 5

Enno Voorhorst ist mit der Musik von Roland Dyens per Du, das wird einem beim Hören seiner neuesten CD rasch deutlich. Überhaupt findet er leicht Zugang zu den jeweiligen Werken, die er als Interpret bearbeitet. Von interpretatorischen Eigenheiten, wie Gitarristen sie oft angenommen haben, ist er weit entfernt – er dient der Musik und nicht ausschließlich oder mindestens überwiegend sich selbst oder seinem eigenen Ruhm und Ansehen … wie zahlreiche Kollegen….Er will nicht glänzen mit dem, was er da spielt – auch, wenn er es oft tut – und er ist auch kein musikalischer Altruist. Aber er weiß, was er da vor sich hat, Partituren nämlich, bei denen die Komponisten jede Note, jeden Strich und jeden Atemzug vorgedacht und aufgeschrieben haben. Und er nimmt das, was die Komponisten da liefern, ernst. Dass er diese Roland Dyens-CD herausgebracht hat, dafür müssen wir ihm danken! Wie gesagt: Roland war unser Freund!==Enno Voorhorst is in love with the music of Roland Dyens, and you will quickly realize this when listening to his latest CD. In general, he finds easy access to the respective works. Of the interpretive idiosyncrasies that guitarists have often assumed, he is far away – he serves the music and not exclusively or at least predominantly himself or his own fame and reputation … like many colleagues …. He does not want to shine with what he plays – even if he does it often – and he is not a musical altruist. But he knows what he has in front of him, scores in which the composers have thought through and written down every note, every stroke and every breath. And he takes seriously what the composers are delivering. We have to thank him for releasing this Roland Dyens CD! As I said: Roland was our friend! – Peter Päffgen

Pizzicato 6.25 out of 5

Enno Voorhorst und das Ensemble ‘The String Soloists’ spielen das Programm sehr leidenschaftlich und auf hohem technischem Niveau. Die Tonaufnahme ist sehr direkt, aber nicht trocken und bringt die Musik bestens zur Wirkung. ==== This tribute to French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens presents some of his valuable music in excellent performances. The guitar concerto is a real treat. – Remy Franck

Opus Klassiek

Enno Voorhorst behoeft natuurlijk geen introductie: hij behoort tot de beste gitaristen die ons land rijk is en is naast zijn vele optredens (afwisselend samen met de hoboïste Pauline Oostenrijk en de altviolist Mikhail Zemtsov vormt hij het Macondo-duo) verbonden aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Dan zijn er de de elf van de in totaal veertien String Soloists onder primarius Janneke van Prooijen en artistiek leider Lisa Jacobs die de naam van dit ensemble volledig waarmaken: iedere strijker lijkt solistische eigenschappen te hebben, maar wel wel fraai en harmonieus ingebed in het geheel. Tom Peeters zorgde voor de prachtige opname. Een kostelijk album! – Aart van der Wal

De intieme, poëtische weerloosheid van Dyens’ muziek is transcendent. Dit is muziek van een soort schoonheid die diepgang sublimeert tot grenzeloze verhevenheid. Dit is onvoorstelbaar mooie muziek. Deze cd mag u niet missen! – Michel Dutrieue


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