TRISTAN KEURIS (1946-1996): Complete Works - For Orchestra: Quartet, Choral Music I, Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Sinfonia, Serenade for Oboe and Orchestra, Piano Concerto, Movements, 7 Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2, Variations for Strings, Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra, Symphonic Transformations, Aria for Flute and Orchestra, Catena: Refrains and Variations for 31 Winds, Percussion and Celesta, 3 Sonnets for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, 3 Michelangelo Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra, Antologia, Double Concerto for 2 Cellos and Orchestra, Laudi for Solists, Mixed Choirs and Orchestra, Organ Concerto, 3 Preludes, Symphony in D, Chamber Concerto for Accordion and Ensemble, Arcade. Chamber Groups: Saxophone Quartet, Concertante Music for 9 Instruments, Music for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Concertino for String Quartet and Bass Clarinet, Capriccio for 12 Winds and Double Bass, 8 Minatures for 6 Players, Divertimento for Violin, Wind Quintet, Piano and Double Bass, String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Clarinet Quartet, Piano Trio, Music for Saxophones, 5 Pieces for Brass Quintet, Clarinet Quintet, Intermezzi for 9 Winds, Passeggiate for 4 Recorder Players, L'Infinito for Vocal Quintet and 17 Instruments, String Sextet, To Brooklyn Bridge for 24 Voices and Ensemble. Instrumental: Play for Clarinet and Piano, Piano Sonata, Fantasia for Flute, Fingerprints for Piano, Violin Sonata, Aria for Flute and Piano, Canzone for Clarinet.
Catalogue Number: 10M085
Description: There's not much one can say in a small format like this about the complete works of a composer except to try to characterize his general style. Keuris went his own way, beginning in the thick of the avant-garde with his 1966-67 Quartet for Orchestra but soon realized that this was not the vocabulary for best expressing his personal voice. Pretty much only the first CD here is from his avant-garde period. This is not to say that he went neo-Romantic, though; while much of his music uses elements of tonality and often has extended periods of very attractive lyricism, Keuris used whatever methods suited what he had to say. So he could be condemned by both avant-garde and conservative camps depending on the work. Here's a paragraph from the website of his publisher, Chester Novello, which will be of significant help to those deciding whether to invest in what is, after all, quite a bargain: "Most of Keuris' works are influenced by a mixture of expansive Romantic gestures and Stravinskian aloofness, combined with a musical language consisting of exploded fragmented melodies, dramatic harmonic shifts and tightly-knit chords, all dramatically juxtaposed with moments of stillness or harmonic inertia. Keuris' many orchestral scores reveal him to be a brilliant orchestrator, who enjoyed exploring every imaginable combination of sounds and colours, without indulging in technical superficialities." - Leo Samama. 11 CDs + DVD of From Brooklyn Bridge. Various artists and orchestras (all the major Dutch orchestras and composers and most of the leading Dutch solo players as well).