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Van der Aa: Hysteresis

Magazine article Gramophone

Van der Aa: Hysteresis

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Hysteresis (a). Violin Concerto (b)

(a) Kari Kriikku c/ (b) Janine Jansen vn (a) Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Candida Thompson; (b) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski

Disquiet Media (F) DQM05 (43' * DDD)

Recorded live at the (a) Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, June 11, 2014; (b) Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 20, 2015

Van der Aa acolytes may be surprised at the lack of a visual element in his new Violin Concerto (2014), especially after the 'engrossing and unsettling' (Richard Whitehouse, 4/12) experience that was his film-cum-cello concerto Up Close. In a sense, though, there is a visual element here, and it's the dedicatee Janine Jansen: the way she holds herself in performance, the 'theatrical' nature of her delivery and the energy she transmits to musical collaborators, all of which, according to the composer, shaped the score.

The concerto is unashamedly a showpiece: an often confrontational, sometimes compliant but always imposing discourse between soloist and orchestra. The work's disquieting energy may be characteristic of the composer but there are only passing references to his proven ability to find the physical qualities in a phrase or gesture and examine them as if from every angle. …

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