Music for piano and percussion, music that can be more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli grand piano, combined with the raw force and timbral structure of a giant set of percussion, and even some electronics here and there.
The Collectors features four pieces by four contemporary composers Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Moritz Eggert, and Samuel Penderbayne. All pieces don’t just expand the repertoire of this unusual combination, but also discover all kinds of new aspects to it, exploring all sonic and musical possibilities possible.
Total time: 01:09:34
Jan-Peter de Graaff, Moritz Eggert, Samuel Penderbayne, Yannis Kyriakides
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Konstantyn Napolov, a Ukrainian in the Netherlands, is a percussionist and has decided to enrich his repertoire by inviting as many composers as possible to write pieces for him. On his new album with pianist Eke Simons, released on the adventurous label TRPTK, you can hear works by Moritz Eggert (Germany), Yannis Kyriakides (Cyprus), Samuel Penderbayne (Australia) and Jan-Peter de Graaff (Papendrecht).
The common denominator: The composers incorporated children’s rhymes into their pieces. They are all intriguing in a different way. The work of Kyriakides stands out in its obscurity, Eggert proposes a good dose of humor.
The Collectors is the work of Moritz Eggert, one of the four composers that delivered their works for this new TRPTK production. People who collect things do that, says Eggert, to find meaning in this unorganised world. A composer is a collector of music. The piano and percussion are instruments that collect notes. It’s this thought behind the composition performed by Napolov on percussion and pianist Eke Simons.
Simons is a concert pianist who plays the major pieces as soloist, but is also specialized in chamber music and song accompaniment. For the Collectors, works were commissioned of Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Behind every composition there’s its own story, which is portrayed by Napolov and Simons. They paint musical landscapes full of subtleties, excitement and atmospheres.
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