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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.



Tango (Igor Stravinsky)
Portrayal (Willem Jeths)
Vocalise (Sergei Rachmaninov)
Wiegenlied (Iván Fischer)
Chanson Russe (Igor Stravinsky)
Le Tango perpétuel (Erik Satie)
Kaddish (Maurice Raval)
Salaam we-ja’al bient (René Samson)
Ave Maria (Efrem Podgaits)
Evolutie (Gerard Beljon)
Anantango (Gorka Hermosa)

Additional information




Tom Peeters


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Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters


Tom Peeters

Mastering Engineer

Tom Peeters


B&K 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
Neumann KU-100 (Binaural) modified by Rens Heijnis


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


KEF 105.3


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

Luister, november 2021 9 out of 5

De gave, warme viooltoon; de beweeglijke, heldere stem van Jacobien Rozemond; Renée Bekkers’ solide en virtuoze spel op de veelkleurige accordeon: ze slepen je mee, ontroeren, doen glimlachen en vormen een collage, waarin melancholie overheerst en het leven wordt gevierd.

The perfect, warm violin tone; the moving, clear voice of Jacobien Rozemond; the solid and virtuoso playing of Renée Bekkers on the colorful accordion: they pull you along, move you, make you smile and form a collage in which melancholy dominates and life is celebrated.

Music Emotion (Hifi.nl)

Altijd ‘in’ voor iets nieuws, iets gewaagds? Talm niet en luister naar dit elftal VOX tracks! Het Duo Rozemond & Bekkers “verbindt nieuwe muziek voor viool/stem en accordeon met composities van de grootmeesters van 100 jaar geleden: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Ravel en Satie. De nieuwe composities zijn van de Nederlandse componisten Willem Jeths, Gerard Beljon, en de Joodse componisten René Samson, Iván Fischer en Efrem Podgaits”, aldus het begeleidende tekstboekje. Enige argwaan of je die elf tracks wel doorkomt zonder dat de verveling toeslaat, is subiet verdwenen als ie in de lade van je cd-speler ligt of je de stream een aanvang laat nemen. Kijk en luister maar eens op cobrarecords.com en zie dat er een groot aantal mogelijkheden geboden wordt tot afluisteren. Wederom een kunststukje van opnametechniek en vergeet niet dat Tom Peeters ook de producer is wiens taak niet te onderschatten valt. Hij laat beide dames ‘shinen’ om met hun instrument ‘vox’ tot klinken te laten komen.

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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