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Listen  1. Writing to Vermeer, scene 116:00Album Only
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Can minimalists repeat themselves? 17 Dec. 2006
By Jeff Abell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first discovered the music of Louis Andriessen, I suddenly understood more clearly why so many contemporary composers (esp. those who'd worked with him) sounded the way they did. Andriessen brings a European edge to the repetitive, jazz & rock tinged music we call "Minimal" in the USA. I ran out and bought just about everything available on CD. Listening to this new opera, however, I'm reminded that every composer has a tendency to repeat themselves. While there are some absolutely stunning moments in this piece (especially those that combine music with concrete sound) I also found the all-female voices got taxing about 90 minutes in. An opera, after all, is a theatrical experience, and I bet this piece (with staging and projections by Peter Greenaway) was dazzling to watch. Where the hell's the DVD?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Strikingly beautiful 27 Sept. 2012
By Joseph Galván - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Writing to Vermeer' is probably the most approachable of Louis Andriessen's works, that is a general concession in all of his collaborations with Peter Greenaway. The incipit of the opera borrows from the little known John Cage work "Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard", as quotes composers as diverse as Sweelinck, Lully, and Luciano Berio. The most appealing aspect of "Vermeer" is not only its shimmering chords and ostinati, but its juxtaposition of personal crises against national ones. It's 1672, and Vermeer's hometown of Delft is still recovering from its near-destruction as a result of an explosion, when the French invade and overthrow the fragile Dutch stadtholders, the De Witt brothers. Their lynching and mutilation is vividly alluded to in the form of Michel van der Aa's jarring electronic interpolations, which nod to similar works by Varèse. The opera's ending presents the flooding of Delft, which brings about the end of the Dutch golden age and really, the carefully constructed world of Vermeer's life, surrounded by the women he loves: his wife, his mother-in-law, and his young model. Each of them brings a different atmosphere, from fond remembrance to anger and distrust. Andriessen's sound world is sharp, sometimes painfully so, but he presents Vermeer's world and the public and private upheavals of both subject and painter in a startlingly beautiful way. This opera is one of those few that actually get staged, but when it does, it really transports one to a place where one identifies with the characters and feels for them, especially for Vermeer's long-suffering wife, who takes on the cares of her husband and children with a rigidity and worries it into the music. When we think of the 17th century we usually think of Vermeer's quiet, spiritually significant paintings, but rarely do we think of the time and place that these paintings occupied, how Vermeer tried to encapsulate the world he lived in into the serving bowls, mirrors, dishes and windows of his paintings. Andriessen's music carefully captures this uneasy, sometimes stifling world, and lavishes the audience with a certain beautiful austerity that both recalls future and past simultaneously.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great music; where're the words? 24 May 2010
By Roger Downey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Compared to many other Andriessen works, "Writing to Vermeer" holds one's attention well as pure music; the sheer sonic diversity and diminished reliance on deafening ostinati makes it damn near user-friendly. But the music shouldn't have to stand on its own; the bits of text that one can make out from time to time are striking enough to make one wish to understand all of it. But the singers, gifted as they are, simply aren't concerned with putting the text across. How I'd once like to hear an Andriessen piece with "pop" voices; the classic-operatic sound used here is more off-putting and distancing than any dissonance could be.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Powerful piece! 26 Jan. 2009
By Pedro D. Luzko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Powerful piece. I enjoyed the freshness of ideas and the combination of melodic and rhythmic aspects. The citation of medieval themes give the piece a great swing.
12 of 35 people found the following review helpful
maybe "you had to be there..." 21 Dec. 2006
By svf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't imagine why Mr. Andriessen's new opera Writing to Vermeer is garnering so much praise -- maybe "you had to be there." On CD, however, it's a grating, annoying, and self-consciously postmodern trial to endure... in fact, I finally had to just give up about halfway through the second disc. Life is too short, after all.
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