"It is winter and this is music to enjoy with a good glass of wine and a crackling wood fire. The musings come naturally."Kerk & Leven, 09-2-2018
Camiel Boomsma: “Musings’ signifies dreams, reveries, being immersed in thought. It’s the process that the composer experiences while writing the work and also what I experience when studying and performing this music. As I play, I try in turn to pass on this process, this quest for insight, to my audience.
Despite the major differences in musical background, these two composers are remarkably close in spirit. The most important aspect here is their ability to create beautiful, balanced melodies on the piano. They make the instrument sing more than anyone else. This was perhaps an obvious way forward for Schubert. As the composer of more than 600 songs, the art of the song was intrinsic to his very being. Chopin was on a par with this in his own way, since much of his music is fundamentally vocal in conception. While Schubert based his work on German Lieder, Chopin was inspired by Italian opera from the early 19th century."
In de geest éénChopin en Schubert twee componisten die min of meer in dezelfde tijd leefden, maar op verschillende momenten op de muzikale 'tijdlijn' verkeerden. Ondanks zijn bewondering voor de progressieve jonge Beethoven, werd Schubert (1797-1828) nog grotendeels beïnvloed door de muziek van de 18e eeuw, terwijl Chopin (1810-1849) volledig opging in de Romantische beweging, die hij ten volle wilde benutten op basis van zijn buitengewone pianotalent.
Naderend eindeLet in het bijzonder eens op de 21e Sonate, D. 960 (track 5-8). Dit is een van de laatste grote composities van Schubert voor de piano, geschreven in de laatste maanden van zijn leven, in de zomer van 1828. Er klinkt een sombere melodie over een aanhoudend, bijna dreunend ritme - misschien wel het muzikaal vertelde verhaal van Schuberts naderend einde.
Frédéric Chopin is one of the greatest composers of the Romantic piano tradition. He was a master in making the small form great. His ballades, mazurkas, polonaises, preludes, etudes and nocturnes all belong to the most popular standard works for piano ever written.
As a child prodigy, Chopin grew up in a middle class family, who lived among the literati of Warsaw. When in 1830 the November Uprising broke out in Poland, the twenty year old Chopin stayed in Vienna. He became an exile and never returned to his mother country. He eventually settled in Paris.
He avoided public concerts, but he did like performing in small settings, such as salons and at home for his friends. This way, Chopin built a reputation as an exceptional pianist, teacher and composer.
Chopin brought a unique synthesis between the Viennese bravado and the French/English lyric style. Even though his pieces often are technically very demanding, the focus was always on creating a lyric expression and poetic atmosphere. He invented the instrumental ballade, and brought salongenres to a higher level with his many innovations and refinements.
It is winter and this is music to enjoy with a good glass of wine and a crackling wood fire. The musings come naturally.
Kerk & Leven, 09-2-2018
Listening to the interpretations of Camiel Boomsma, a 27-year-old Dutch musician, one has the impression of being faced with accomplished piano art and remarkable maturity. Here is his first record for the Challenge Records label, which is a great opportunity to get acquainted with this promising soloist.
Listening to the interpretations of Camiel Boomsma, a 27-year-old Dutch musician, one has the impression of being confronted with an accomplished piano artist with a remarkable maturity in terms of playing. This is his first recording for the Challenge Records label. What a great opportunity to get to know this promising soloist! "
"It is through the sweetness of the gesture and an unusual palette of dark colors that Boomsma plunges the listener into a very contemplative and cunning universe.The melancholic climate does not stop at all with the interpretation of the third movement of the sonata, the Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza, whose characteristics here are reminiscent of a nostalgic lamentation. "
"The excellent sound of Piotr Furmanczyk is the icing on the cake.In short, a beautiful album, whose presence in our collection should enrich the knowledge of the offered works.
The new cd by Camiel Boomsma opens with the warm and dreamy sounds of Chopins Nocturne, opus 9 nr. 1. The young Dutch pianist plays improvising and the melodies flow naturally from his fingers.
Just for the revelation in the seventeen transcendental dimensions, but also for numerous other musical reasons this subtly incorporated SACD should not be missed by music lovers.
Muze - Pianowereld, 01-12-2017
Very reflective and poetic performances which dig deep into the soul both of Chopin and Schubert.
This CD is one of the musical surprises of the year.
Klassieke Zaken, 17-11-2017
Sensitive and profound is the playing of Boomsma focusing on telling the musical story.
Boomsma has got velvet attached to his fingers
Compare Boomsma's view of Schubert's 21st piano sonata with that of the Polish piano God Krystian Zimerman (also just released) you know that it cannot be ignored. Zimerman plays brilliantly and sterile, with Boomsma the notes flow philosophically. Zimerman sometimes goes like bang, bang, bang, Boomsma has got velvet attached to his fingers. Where the Pole speaks of willpower and ambition, the Dutchman speaks of acquiescence and death.
De Volkskrant, 20-10-2017
Musings by Camiel Boomsma is this week the NPO Radio 4 CD of the Week.
NPO Radio4, 09-10-2017