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How do the Dutch waters sound? The Dutch composer Gerard Von Brucken Fock was often inspired by the sea. A century ago he enjoyed worldwide fame, known as the ï¿½Dutch Chopinï¿½.ï¿½Von Brucken Fock is the central composer of 'Laag Water aan de Schelde'. This cd contains not only a part of his works for piano, but also some vocal works.ï¿½Performed by Bernadette ter Heyne, mezzo soprano and Rien Balkenende, piano
Gerard von Brucken Fock
Von Brucken Fock grew up with his brothers Emile and Henri at the beautiful mansion Ter Hooge, where the richness of nature surrounding him made a huge impact. He played the piano and was an alt-violin player in a ï¿½fun-lovingï¿½ orchestra in Middelburg. Around 1877 he began to study composition in Utrecht with Richard Hol and piano with F.L. van der Wurff. And like many other in that time, he continued his studies in the capital of composition: the Berliner Conservatory, where he studied with, among others, Friedrich Kiel. Here he made his most sold works, the ï¿½Twaalf Klavierstukkenï¿½ opus 27.
An important inspiration to Gerard were the sea and rivers like the Schelde and the Gironde. In compositions like ï¿½Laag water aan de scheldeï¿½ for piano and ï¿½de Scheldeï¿½ for soprano, choir and orchestra, we hear a poetic painting of his image of nature. Another important inspiration was poetry. The poet Joannes Reddingius was fascinated with witchcraft and on his poetry Gerard wrote an orchestral piano accompaniment. In the summer Gerard would paint in Domburg, and had contact with, among others, the famous painter Toorop. His paintings can still be admired in the Marie Tak van Poortvliet museum in Domburg.
KLASSIEKE ZAKEN These are short character pieces with an aristocratic edge. Nowhere bombast, fine proportions. Balkenende kneads the music of his countryman to flexible forms, his breathing is beautiful. In some songs, powerfully sung by Bernadette ter Heyne, sounds a French Wagner. Some songs, especially the French, can compete with the best that was composed in France around 1880: Chabrier, Chausson and a touch of Massenet. Low water, high profile. How good that this music is taken out of the shadows. Jurjen Vis
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PZC Von Brucken Fock gets the right atmosphere. Rolf Bosboom
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