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The Collectors

by Konstantyn Napolov

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Music for piano and percussion, music that can be more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli grand piano, combined with the raw force and timbral structure of a giant set of percussion, and even some electronics here and there.

Jan-Peter de Graaff’s The Bells of St. Clement’s is a work in three movements based on the English nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”. This nursery rhyme plays in important role in the novel “1984” by Orwell. In it, the nursery rhyme is a symbol of the notion that the promise of freedom in a totalitarian society might be another form of oppression, where hope is a terrible illusion.

Yannis Kyriakides’ Once There Was is a suite of pieces based on traditional nursery rhymes as well. Many of these rhymes have dark and historically significant themes, yet are used to foster emotion and cultivate language. In some cases, rhymes were censored to mask the political message that lie within.

In Moritz Eggert’s piece The Collectors, the composer wants to find a way to tell the story of how music is collected, how it consists of sounds and ideas and events that slowly begin to make sense because they are arranged in a certain order. To collect is to try finding meaning in a seemingly disordered world. Eggert has always had the feeling it secretly makes a lot of sense. Both the world and collecting.

Samuel Penderbayne’s Shameless is a short, dense and theatrical work. His primary stimulus for the piece was to find the point where physical instrumental virtuosity combines effectively with theatrical performance. This can be seen in three main sections: the first is a sort of cat-and-mouse between percussion and piano; the second is a loud and shameless cacophony of yelling, piano clusters and gongs; the final part is a relatively soft and withdrawn meditation that should give the work a surprisingly calm finish.

The Dutch Golden Collection was founded by Konstantyn Napolov to develop percussion instruments, search and create new music languages, extend the repertoire for solo and chamber music, and promote the created contemporary works worldwide. Popularisation of percussion instruments and creating new masterworks is one of the key aims of The Dutch Golden Collection.


released September 9, 2018

Recording & mastering: Brendon Heinst
Assistant engineering: Paul van der Reijden
Piano tuning: Charles Keymel
Cover photography: Frank Auperlé
Booklet photography: Brendon Heinst, Purvi Joshini
Liner notes: Konstantyn Napolov, Eke Simons


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Konstantyn Napolov is a touring concert percussionist and a great promoter of the contemporary percussion music. It is his great passion and vocation to commission new oeuvre for percussion instruments from talented and famous composers from all around the world.

Eke Simons is a Dutch pianist and appears as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe.
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