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Reports from the Low Country [Padding, Andriessen, Kox, Van der Aa]

Rick Stotijn

Padding, Van der Aa, Andriessen, Kox

SKU: 39619

Year of release: 2019

Reports from the Low Country 24:34
1. I. Alberti Padding 09:01
2. II. Ricochet Padding 08:48
3. III. Slapping Padding 06:44
For The Time Being 15:12
4. I. Inside Someone Else's Head Van der Aa 03:40
5. II. Miles Away Van der Aa 06:48
6. III. And How Are We Today Van der Aa 04:43
7. Elegy for Double Bass and Piano Andriessen 06:02
Four Studies for Double Bass Solo 06:01
8. I. Adagio liberamente Kox 01:51
9. II. Poco Allegro Kox 01:03
10. III. Adagio sostenuto cantabile Kox 02:14
11. IV. Allegro Assai Kox 00:51
Total time: 51:50

About this album

This album gives an impression of the broad stylistic spectrum of Dutch music over a period of more than fifty years. The programme focuses on an instrument that for more than two centuries was neglected by composers: the double bass. Despite some exceptions, the instrument only played a role within the orchestra. Louis Andriessen, Hans Kox, Martijn Padding and Michel van der Aa have enriched the double bass repertoire with music in which the instrument takes up a solo role in a concerto with orchestra, and is also heard in a small ensemble and even on its own. The search for special sounds and tonal combinations, stylistic open-mindedness and the free handling of traditional and modern styles, jazz and pop music – all these are conspicuous aspects of Dutch music. 

Louis Andriessen, now internationally the best known Dutch composer, wrote Elegy for cello or double bass and piano as far back as the 1950s, while Hans Kox’s Four Studies for double bass solo date from 1988.

The most recent pieces on this album, Reports from the Low Country by Padding and For the Time Being by Van der Aa, are not least inspired by the famous Dutch double bass player Rick Stotijn, who features as the soloist on this recording.

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Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EquimentAmplifier: Van Medevoort Holland | Cables: Van den Hul (exclusive use of Van den Hul cables)
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks - Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterMerging Technologies Horus
Recording LocationKoninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (Padding) De Vereeniging, Nijmegen (Van der Aa) Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven (Andriessen) MCO, Hilversum (Kox)
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks