Out latest release with Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto and Hysteresis is getting rave reviews in The Netherlands:
“[…]a superb performance of the violin concerto he wrote in 2014 for Janine Jansen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra […] Balancing the soloist and orchestra to perfection, the works eschews hollow virtuosity entirely, and its orchestration is full but transparent. Hysteresis, a clarinet concerto for chamber orchestra and soundtrack, is equally refined” ()
— De Volkskrant, Frits van der Waa
“The Violin Concerto proves to be a fantastic work brimming with moments of beauty and consolation. All you need to do is take in the story that Van der Aa tells. What makes the piece impressive is the carefully constructed fluctuation between the lyrical and the energetic, which in our view includes the brief moments featuring pop beats. You simply have to be prepared for the speed with which the composer switches from one mood to another. Once you’ve got your bearings, a captivating and exhilarating discourse unfolds. Van der Aa tailor-made it for Janine Janssen, who gives a cracking performance.”
— Het Parool, Erik Voermans
This release is available as CD and mp3/WAV download at our web-store.