Vox

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Tracklist

1.
Tango
03:24
2.
Portrayal
12:51
3.
Vocalise
05:21
4.
Wiegenlied
02:15
5.
Chanson Russe
03:40
6.
Le Tango perpetuel
01:33
7.
Kaddish
04:43
8.
Salaam we-ja’al bient
04:45
9.
Ave Maria
06:14
10.
Evolutie
06:13
11.
Anantango
04:38

Description

In VOX, Duo Rozemond & Bekkers combines new music for violin, voice and accordion with compositions by the great masters from a century ago: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Ravel and Satie. The new works are by the Dutch composers Willem Jeths, Gerard Beljon and the Jewish composers René Samson (Netherlands), Iván Fischer (Hungary) and Efrem Podgaits (Russia)

Jacobien Rozemond and Renée Bekkers have sought out and commissioned captivating works, largely inspired by song. The result is a collage of works exploring all the possibilities of this instrumental combination. For instance, the accordion can sound like an organ, combining with the violin to evoke a profound sense of serenity, as in Podgaits’s Ave Maria and the chorales from Willem Jeths’s Ritratto. These provide a strong contrast with the nostalgic romanticism of Rachmaninov or the folk music in the tangos and Jewish songs. Through the occasional addition of singing and recited texts, the duo expand their colour palette and the programme’s expressive power.

The title VOX refers to the ‘vocalise principle’ from which this CD draws its inspiration. Vocalise or VOX is a poem that is constructed using one or two vowels. In these poems sound plays a central role: the word goes beyond its primary function as a means of communication and becomes flexible, associative and pure sound material. Those looking for unequivocal meaning in such poems soon find themselves on the wrong track. On their VOX CD, the duo plays with this idea, among others. Jacobien literally makes use of her voice, singing as well as playing the violin, while the compositions themselves also often display a link with the human voice.

In 2017 the violinist Jacobien Rozemond and accordionist Renée Bekkers met each other during a tour of Esther Apituley’s music theatre production ‘Vivaldi Code Rood’. The two musicians instantly clicked and began creating progammes as a duo. Since then, Jacobien and Renée have regularly given concerts in various chamber music series and festivals, including numerous appearances at the Festival van Vlaanderen and the Zoom! Chamber Music Festival. In their concerts, Duo Rozemond & Bekkers present a perfect balance between folklore, classical tradition and innovation. Willem Jeths and Gerard Beljon have written compositions specially for the duo.

 

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Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters

Producer

Tom Peeters

Mastering Engineer

Tom Peeters

Microphones

B&K 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis

Cables

Acoustic Revive microphone cables and interlinks

Recording Location

Doopsgezinde kerk in Deventer, Netherlands on April 7, 8, 9 2021

Recording & Mastering Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Digital To Analog Converter

Anubis, Merging Technologies

Speakers

KEF 105.3

Funding

A special thanks you goes to Diete Rosemond, Kees and Mea van Tilburg, Stitching Rene Samson, Von Brucken Fock Fonds & Sena Performers Muziekproductiefonds for their generous contributions towards the costs of making this album.

Press reviews

OpusKlassiek, september 2021

Dat is wat in dit rijk geschakeerde en inspirerende programma met deels een joodse achtergrond bijzonder indrukwekkend tot uiting komt..in deze gemaakte selectie worden de klankmatige mogelijkheden van viool en accordeon (tevens als combinatie!) bijzonder fraai benut. Vox: spiritueel en verrassend!

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