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Michel van der Aa

Up-close

for solo cello, string ensemble and film (2010)
DVD | Download

Sol Gabetta - cello
Vakil Eelmanactress

Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Candida Thompsonartistic director

Michel van der Aastage & film director, script

DVD : PAL | All regions | 16:9 anamorphic widescreen | PCM stereo, Dolby & DTS 5.1 surround audio
Download movie : Standard or High definition | 16:9 widescreen | WAV stereo or AAC surround audio
Running time : 31 minutes

DVD available for pre-order, we’ll ship it to you on 18 November.
Movie downloads are available now!

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Video: standard definition, 1024 x 576 pixels, 25 fps, H.264 codec
Audio: stereo, 16bit WAV; 48khz
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Video: high definition, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps, H.264 codec
Audio: stereo, 24 bit WAV; 48khz | 5.1 surround, AAC; 320 kbps
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Liner notes


A solo cellist begins with a melancholy, yet insistent soliloquy. As the string orchestra behind her joins in, an image suddenly appears on screen. In the middle of a deserted concert stage, laid out exactly as for the concerto, we see an elderly woman, scribbling coded messages on sheets of paper.

Part cello concerto, part film opera, Michel van der Aa’s Up-close explores the human condition through reflected and overlapping sounds, images and plotlines. The actions of the woman and the cellist come closer and closer until at the end they mimic one another, without ever completely connecting. Images and music leak from screen to stage and back again in a poetic exploration of the rituals of communication.

Themes of virtual reality and plural identities have been present in Van der Aa’s music for ten years. In Up-close he goes even further, folding sound and screen over and over on themselves until certainty slips completely from our grasp.

- Tim Rutherford-Johnson (excerpt)

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‘Up-close’ review in FonoForum

Aug 2013 Michel van der Aa’s Grawemeyer Award winning multimedia work Up-close, received a 5-star review in the September 2013 issue of ‘Fonoforum’:

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‘Up-close’ wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Dec 2012 Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his multimedia work Up-close, which offers a unique blend of cello concerto with film.
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‘Up-close’ review in Crescendo

Jun 2012 Our “Van der Aa – Up-close” DVD received praise in this months Crescendo Magazine:
“Ein spannungsgeladenes Meisterwerk”

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Up-close reviewed by Rondo and NMZ

May 2012 Our ‘Up-close’ DVD featuring Sol Gabetta received praise in this months NMZ:

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Up-close DVD winning rave reviews across Europe

Mar 2012 The UK’s Gramophone magazine this month made Up-Close its “must see” DVD of the month, describing it as “undoubtedly the most impressive yet” of Disquiet’s four releases so far. “The way these worlds [of film and concert platform] constantly

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Up-close review in ‘His Voice’ magazine

Feb 2012 Our Up-close DVD has received a very nice review in Czech magazine ‘HIS Voice’

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5-star ‘Up-close’ review on Klassik.com

Jan 2012 Our Up-close DVD received a wonderful 5-star review on Klassik.com (German)

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‘Up-close’ reviewed in Dutch newspapers

Dec 2011 Our latest release, the DVD of ‘Up-close’, received nice reviews following its release in The Netherlands.

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‘Up-close’ released on DVD and Download

Nov 2011 The fourth and latest release on Disquiet is Michel van der Aa’s concerto for cello, string ensemble and film, Up-Close. It is performed on the recording by its dedicatees, the Argentinean cellist Sol Gabetta and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta,…

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