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Love!

Huijnen & Hopman

Love!

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917282429
Catnr: CC 72824
Release date: 01 November 2019
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CC 72824
Release date
01 November 2019

"This disc provided me with sufficient enjoyment."

Fanfare, 28-5-2020
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About the album

Love! is all about love. About love in the period from the 17th century to the 21st, via Russia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Germany, to England and the United States. About passionate love, motherly love, forbidden love and love lost. There is a love dance and much more. But Love! is also about us, about our love for music and the unique combination formed by our instruments. Because the orchestral possibilities and the specifically melancholy tone colour of the accordion form a magnificent blend with the scintillating and sonorous sound of the violin.
Natuurlijk, de naam zegt het al, het nieuwe album Love! van het duo Huijnen & Hopman gaat over de liefde. Het is een en al romantiek wat erkend violiste Cécile Huijnen en top accordeoniste Marieke Hopman ten gehore brengen. Echte liefde op hun eigen unieke wijze verklankt, en hoe verrassend, de wereldberoemde sopraan Eva-Maria Westbroek gaat mee op avontuur en zingt onvervalste liefdesliedjes. Een muzikaal wonder deze combinatie.

Liefde van alle tijden

Love! gaat over liefde uit de 17e tot de 21e eeuw, via Rusland, Tsjechië, Nederland en Duitsland, naar Engeland en Amerika. Over gepassioneerde liefde, moederliefde, verboden liefde en verloren liefde. Maar Love! gaat ook over het duo, over hun liefde voor muziek en de unieke combinatie van hun instrumenten. Want de orkestrale mogelijkheden en de specifieke en melancholieke kleur van de accordeon mengen geweldig met de zinderende en sonore vioolklank.

Eigenzinnig repertoire

Eén van de speerpunten van Huijnen & Hopman is hun eigenzinnige repertoirekeuze. De twee starten altijd met een uitgebreide zoektocht, waarbij balans en versmelting de leidraad zijn. Maar het mag ook markant zijn, melancholisch, lichtvoetig, of dansant. Zolang ze overtuigd zijn dat het bij hen past, kan alles: romantisch, barok, of hedendaags. Soms veranderen ze niets en houden ze zich strak aan het origineel. Maar het gebeurt vaker dat ze een bewerking maken, en dat wordt dan een interessante zoektocht. Ze kijken met nieuwe ogen naar iedere noot en vragen zich daarbij af welke stijl ze zullen kiezen en of ze dicht bij de oorspronkelijke versie blijven of buiten de lijnen gaan kleuren. Antwoord komt er vanzelf tijdens het proces.

Van Romeo & Julia naar Turks fruit

Dat de twee muzikanten voor Romeo & Julia zouden kiezen stond van het begin af aan vast. Dat klassieke liefdesverhaal van Shakespeare en Prokofjevs balletmuziek zijn onverminderd populair en spreken bij iedereen en overal tot de verbeelding. Tango van Igor Stravinsky geeft een spannende en tegelijkertijd speelse dimensie aan de sensuele liefdesdans, van uitdagen en verleiden, tot aantrekken en afstoten. In zijn Chanson Russe, Stravinsky's eigen bewerking van het lied uit zijn opera Mavra, horen we Parasja’s verdriet over haar verboden en verloren liefde.

De voorraad liederen over de liefde is onuitputtelijk. In instrumentale vorm kozen Huijnen & Hopman voor de moederliefde. Ze vonden een spannende uitdaging in het overbekende Ave Maria, het gebed aan de moeder van God. In Songs my mother taught me van Dvořák zingt een moeder met haar kinderen. Met weemoed denkt ze terug aan haar eigen moeder, die haar leerde zingen. In het overbekende Summertime, uit Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess, troost Bess haar huilende baby. Het lied was ook de aanleiding om een special guest te vragen een aantal smeuïge lovesongs te zingen uit het American Songbook en de glorietijd van de Broadway musical. Met Eva-Maria Westbroek pakte dat wonderlijk mooi uit, samen kozen ze drie ultieme liefdesliedjes en traden ze met z'n drieën bij tijd en wijle buiten hun klassieke comfortzones.

Tussen Imitazione delle Campane van de Duitse barokcomponist Johann Paul von Westhoff en Candybox van de Nederlandse componist Chiel Meijering zit 350 jaar, maar beide stukken passen naadloos in het idioom van Huijnen en Hopman. Westhoff beschrijft het Italiaanse platteland, waar kerkklokken luiden, die - op afstand - van toon lijken te veranderen door forse windvlagen. Chiel Meijering’s Candybox is een cadeautje in de vorm van een snoepdoos. Het wordt uitgevoerd door allerlei ensembles, van strijkkwartet tot klassieke rockband. Chiel maakte zelf de bewerking voor het duo. En dan natuurlijk de muziek uit Nederlands best bezochte film ooit, Turks Fruit, onze moderne Romeo & Julia. De muziek van Rogier van Otterloo, gespeeld door Toots Thielemans, is onsterfelijk geworden. Marijn van Prooijen arrangeerde het in een losse stijl, zonder de klassieke indentiteit te verliezen. Het album sluit, na drama, troost, passie en genot, af met Salut d’Amour, Edward Elgars simpele en universele liefdesgroet.
Love! dreht sich ganz um die Liebe. Um Liebe in der Zeit vom 17. Jahrhundert zum 21., von Russland über die Tschechische Republik, die Niederlande und Deutschland zu England und den Vereinigten Staaten. Um leidenschaftliche Liebe, die Liebe einer Mutter, verbotene und verlorene Liebe. Es gibt einen Liebestanz und vieles mehr. Aber Love! handelt auch von uns, unserer Liebe zur Musik und der einzigartigen Kombination unserer Instrumente, denn die orchestralen Möglichkeiten und die besonders melancholische Klangbarbe des Akkordeons ergeben eine grandiose Mischung mit dem funkelnden und volltönenden Klang der Violine.

Artist(s)

Marieke Hopman (accordion)

Marieke Hopman is one of the foremost accordionists in The Netherlands. In 2004, she received her Bachelor’s Degree for accordion at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and in the same year received a Bachelor’s Degree for piano at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In May 2009, she graduated summa cum laude for a Master’s Degree in accordion with Geir Draugsvoll at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. As an accordionist, Marieke Hopman acquired ample experience with solo and chamber repertoire in The Netherlands and abroad. During the outdoor concert on the Museumplein, she played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the yearly concert in the Royal Palace of The Netherlands, she also performed Mauricio Kagel’s famous Tango Alemán with the...
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Marieke Hopman is one of the foremost accordionists in The Netherlands. In 2004, she received her Bachelor’s Degree for accordion at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and in the same year received a Bachelor’s Degree for piano at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In May 2009, she graduated summa cum laude for a Master’s Degree in accordion with Geir Draugsvoll at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
As an accordionist, Marieke Hopman acquired ample experience with solo and chamber repertoire in The Netherlands and abroad. During the outdoor concert on the Museumplein, she played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the yearly concert in the Royal Palace of The Netherlands, she also performed Mauricio Kagel’s famous Tango Alemán with the composer himself, for Her Majesty the Queen.
At the Gergiev Festival, Marieke Hopman has played in Amsterdam, Antwerp, London and Vienna with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. As a soloist, she also performed with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Asko- Schönberg Ensemble, and with Orkest De Ereprijs. Furthermore, she has also played in various musical theater productions. For the last five years, she has been artistic director of the music theater company !YNX.
Many original compositions were written for Marieke Hopman. She works frequently with prominent contemporary composers such as Martijn Padding, David Dramm, Chiel Meijering, Anke Brouwer, Janco Verduin, and Seung- Ah Oh. In 2010, she started her own foundation Tasty Fingers to promote the instrument in its broadest way possible, and to support the accordion as a professional instrument. In 2012 she presented her first solo cd including pieces from J.S. Bach, G. Frescobaldi and W. Rihm.
Marieke Hopman is also part of accordion quartet Big House, where a strong collaboration with contemporary composers and their music forms the ultimate starting point. Furthermore, since 2013, she works together in a recitalduo with violinist Cécile Huijnen, concert master of The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2010 to 2015, Marieke Hopman was principle tutor accordion at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2015, she is principle tutor accordion at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and artistic leader of the Bach Festival Dordrecht. Marieke plays on an accordion by Pigini Nòva.

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Cécile Huijnen (violin)

Cécile Huijnen studied with Davina van Wely and Jaap van Zweden, and won many prizes from a young age. For example, in 1987, she won first prize of the Oskar Back Violin Competition together with the Bading Award. In 1990 she graduated cum laude, also receiving the Nicolai Award and the Fock Medal, while being appointed first concert master of the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra. Since 2000, Cécile Huijnen is related to the same function for The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, she is also a highly sought-after international guest concert master for orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, The Residence Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, L’Orquestra de Camara de Cadaques led by...
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Cécile Huijnen studied with Davina van Wely and Jaap van Zweden, and won many prizes from a young age. For example, in 1987, she won first prize of the Oskar Back Violin Competition together with the Bading Award. In 1990 she graduated cum laude, also receiving the Nicolai Award and the Fock Medal, while being appointed first concert master of the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra.
Since 2000, Cécile Huijnen is related to the same function for The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, she is also a highly sought-after international guest concert master for orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, The Residence Orchestra, The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, L’Orquestra de Camara de Cadaques led by Sir Neville Marriner, and Symfonica Toscanini led by Lorin Maazel. Also, she leads her own chamber music programs with Het Gelders Orkest, with repertoire from the Baroque up to the 20th Century.
As a soloist, Cécile Huijnen profiled herself with late-romantic violin concertos such as Strawinsky, Barber, Gershwin, Shostakovich, and Korngold, but also enjoys stepping out to the more classical and romantic repertoire, such as Mozart’s Concertante, the Grand Duo Concertant by Bottesini with double bass player Rick Stotijn, and Brahms’ Double Concerto with cellist Gary Hoffman.
By working closely together with many different disciplines such as dance, theater, and chamber music ensembles, in combination with her profession as concert master, Cécile Huijnen takes great inspiration from the widest possible musical repertoire. She is always in search of new challenges and adores to keep on extending her musical boundaries.
Since her many collaborations with choreographers such as Jirí Kylían and Paul Lightfoot, Cécile regularly embarks on national and international tours with the Netherlands Dance Theater as a soloist. Also tours with many widely recognized and highly valued Baroque and modern-oriented ensembles took her all across the globe.
Since 2013, Cécile Huijnen forms a recital duo with accordionist Marieke Hopman, with whom she arranges and edits mostly romantic repertoire into unique versions for their very extraordinary combination of instruments.
Lastly, Cécile Huijnen works as a coach for the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, as a member of the jury for the Princess Christina Competition, as an individual audition trainer, and as a guest panel member of the recurring radio show Discotabel on Radio 4.

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres. George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime,...
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George Gershwin was an American composer, who is mostly known due to his combinations of classical and popular music genres.

George Gershwin grew up in a poor neighbourhood in New York. His parents were Russian immigrants who had trouble making ends meet. They did, however, decide to purchase an old piano so Ira Gershwin could study to become a musician. Yet, it turned out not Ira, but his younger brother George showed remarkable talent. Ira applied himself to writing song lyrics and together the Gershwin brothers became absolute greats in the world of 20th century musicals. Nowadays, George's compositions are still relevant, as is evidenced by the many performances of his Rhapsody in Blue from 1924. But the best example is the ageless Summtertime, which has been covered a countless number of times by a countless number of artists.


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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.   Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His 'Russian phase' which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed...
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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.
Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His "Russian phase" which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue and symphony), drawing on earlier styles, especially from the 18th century. This style was often referred to as Neoclassicism. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells and clarity of form, and of instrumentation.

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Edward Elgar

Eward Elgar was a British composer, who stood on the forefront of the revival of English music around 1900. Many of his works have entered the international concert repertoire, although there are performed more often in Britain than elsewhere. Although Elgar is often considered as a typically English composer, he has primarily been influenced by composers on the European continent. He was contemptuous of folk music and had little respect for English Renaissance and Baroque composers. Instead he was particularly inspired by Dvorák, Händel and Brahms, and the clarity of 19th-century French composers, which resonates through his orchestrations. Elgar was autodidact, and learned to play the organ, violin and viola at an early age within the musical family in which he was...
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Eward Elgar was a British composer, who stood on the forefront of the revival of English music around 1900. Many of his works have entered the international concert repertoire, although there are performed more often in Britain than elsewhere.
Although Elgar is often considered as a typically English composer, he has primarily been influenced by composers on the European continent. He was contemptuous of folk music and had little respect for English Renaissance and Baroque composers. Instead he was particularly inspired by Dvorák, Händel and Brahms, and the clarity of 19th-century French composers, which resonates through his orchestrations.
Elgar was autodidact, and learned to play the organ, violin and viola at an early age within the musical family in which he was brought up. He also composed and arranged music for various ensembles. He became somewhat well-known with his overture Froissart, but only gained international recognition after composing his Enigma Variations in 1899. Currently researchers are still trying to find out which melody Elgar has hidden within the variations.
Other famous works by Elgar are the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontinus and the Cello Concerto.
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Charles Gounod

Charles-François Gounod was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. Another opera by Gounod occasionally still performed is Roméo et Juliette. Although he is known for his Grand Operas, the soprano aria 'Que ferons-nous avec le ragoût de citrouille?' from his first opera 'Livre de recettes d'un enfant' (Op. 24) is still performed in concert as an encore, similarly to his 'Jewel Song' from Faust. Gounod's biography is characterised by 'artist allures'. His moods would swing between ambition and despondency, restless efficacy and crisis, affection and twistful behaviour, marital faith and an inclination for extramarital affairs. In his youth, he dreamt of becoming a priest and living...
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Charles-François Gounod was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. Another opera by Gounod occasionally still performed is Roméo et Juliette. Although he is known for his Grand Operas, the soprano aria "Que ferons-nous avec le ragoût de citrouille?" from his first opera "Livre de recettes d'un enfant" (Op. 24) is still performed in concert as an encore, similarly to his "Jewel Song" from Faust.
Gounod's biography is characterised by "artist allures". His moods would swing between ambition and despondency, restless efficacy and crisis, affection and twistful behaviour, marital faith and an inclination for extramarital affairs. In his youth, he dreamt of becoming a priest and living in obscurity. For a long time he called himself abbé (father, in a religious sense) and he wore a cassock. Gounod died at Saint-Cloud in 1893, after a final revision of his twelve operas. His funeral took place ten days later at the Church of the Madeleine, with Camille Saint-Saëns playing the organ and Gabriel Fauré conducting. Ironically because of its obscurity today, an arrangement of "Que ferons-nous avec le ragoût de citrouille?" was performed by Saint-Saens at the funeral, due to its simple, folk-like melody. It was later published as a posthumous Op. 60. He was buried at the Cimetière d'Auteuil in Paris.

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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev was born in the countryside of Ukraine. He studied from 1903 at the conservatory of St Petersburg, under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoli Liadov among others. He was educated as a composer, pianist and conductor. Initially, he made a name for himself as a pianist. In 1918, he left the Soviet Union for the USA, but wasn't able to succeed, and he decided to move to Paris in 1920. His concert tours brought him back to the Soviet Union in 1927, who lured him back for good in 1936. Prokofiev died in march 1953, on the same day as Joseph Stalin. Prokofiev is considered as one of the greatest Russian composers of the twentieth century, even though he wasn't a...
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Sergei Prokofiev was born in the countryside of Ukraine. He studied from 1903 at the conservatory of St Petersburg, under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatoli Liadov among others. He was educated as a composer, pianist and conductor. Initially, he made a name for himself as a pianist. In 1918, he left the Soviet Union for the USA, but wasn't able to succeed, and he decided to move to Paris in 1920. His concert tours brought him back to the Soviet Union in 1927, who lured him back for good in 1936. Prokofiev died in march 1953, on the same day as Joseph Stalin.
Prokofiev is considered as one of the greatest Russian composers of the twentieth century, even though he wasn't a great innovator. He generally applied the strict classical forms and structures to his works and focused on a classical tonality, with a few exceptions of expressive dissonants and incidental bitonality. Yet, he is only explicitly neoclassicistic in his popular 'Classical Symphony', his first symphony composed in 1917. Many of his works show his humour, while his later works presented his darker, more serious side. One of his best known works is the musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf, which is popular among children all over the world.
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Chiel Meijering

Chiel Meijering was born in Amsterdam. He studied composition with Ton de Leeuw, percussion under Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. He is one of the most performed Dutch composers. Meijering has an enormous output of works. He has written over 900 compositions so far, for almost any instrumentation imaginable. A main focus has been on various small ensemble settings. Many of these pieces are performed regularly in the Netherlands and abroad and were written for renowned chamber music ensembles, such as the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, the Mondriaan String Quartet, the Matangi String Quartet, the Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble or German newcomer ensemble Spark....
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Chiel Meijering was born in Amsterdam. He studied composition with Ton de Leeuw, percussion under Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. He is one of the most performed Dutch composers.
Meijering has an enormous output of works. He has written over 900 compositions so far, for almost any instrumentation imaginable. A main focus has been on various small ensemble settings. Many of these pieces are performed regularly in the Netherlands and abroad and were written for renowned chamber music ensembles, such as the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet, the Mondriaan String Quartet, the Matangi String Quartet, the Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble or German newcomer ensemble Spark. Since the 2000s, Meijering has developed a growing interest into opera. The overwhelming success of his Alzheimer Opera, which was premiered in January 2006 at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ marked his breakthrough with a larger theater audience. "Alzheimer" was quickly followed by several productions, such as "Styx", "De keizer is knetter", "Grenspost Zinnenwald" and "Blauwbaard". Meijering is currently working on a new opera for the Holland Opera Company, to be performed in 2011. Furthermore he has received a commission by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble in cooperation with Concertgebouw Amsterdam for a short opera for children, which will be performed in front of about 5000 children within four days. Some of the songs in the opera will also be sung by the children as part of an educational project.
A very strong characteristic of Meijering's works is a large variety of styles. Without any difficulty, he seems to move between different musical worlds and genres and thus creates a different texture for each of his works. Some of them remind of pop, jazz or world music, others are written in a classical tradition or show avant-garde elements. Meijering is driven by spontaneity. All kinds of emotions and experiences that arise during a day, may directly flow into the composition he is working on. Sometimes he even uses accidents as a method and throws the dice for creating clusters. Meijerings works always have programmatic titles, sometimes funny or provocative or fooling around with toilet or sex humour. Examples include "I Hate Mozart" (for flute, alto saxophone, harp and violin), "I've Never Seen a Straight Banana" (for alto saxophone, marimba, piano, harp, and violin), "If the Camels Don't Get You, the Fatimas Must!" (for solo violin), "When the Cock Crowed His Warning" (for two recorders, viola, cello and piano), "GangBang" (for large orchestra and electric guitar) and "Background-Music for Non-Entertainment Use in Order to Cover Unwanted Noise" (for four saxophones). This philosophy goes back to the 1970s, when he tried to separate himself from the all to pragmatic and dry practice of most of his colleaugues, naming their pieces "Sonata No. 33" or "Symphonie No. 15". Now that he has reached the middle of his fifties, Meijering's titles - as well as his music - are experiencing a shift to the more romantic and poetic side: "NightbeastCry" (for toy piano), "The house with paper walls" (for viola and harp) or "Blue shadows flower into light" (for saxophone orchestra and two pianos).
Meijering has found a large public not only in the Netherlands, but also on international stages. His music shows high artistry and still remains catchy and accessible for a broad audience. This is a very rare combination in the contemporary music scene and has helped Meijering to establish himself not only within the serious music circle, but also and foremost in the international classical music scene. Even Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands outet herself as a huge lover of Meijering's music, when she ordered one of his compositions for a festive concert on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Without any doubt, Meijering can be described as one of the most popular and famous voices of contemporary Dutch music.

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Press

This disc provided me with sufficient enjoyment.
Fanfare, 28-5-2020

Huijnen & Hopman is a successful musical team.
Fanfare, 03-4-2020

Virtuoso and grand, but also subtle and modest.
Luister, 17-1-2020

We live in such an individualistic world, in which everyone likes to use his smart phone or do something on their own. We think that music is the connecting factor in this. To bring people together and to have a conversation with each other. We are really looking for a connection with the public.
Luister, 08-11-2019

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01.
Three pieces from Romeo & Juliet (arr. D. Grjunes): Montagues & Capulets
03:44
(Sergei Prokofiev) Cécile Huijnen, Marieke Hopman
02.
Three pieces from Romeo & Juliet (arr. D. Grjunes): Dance of the girls
01:55
(Sergei Prokofiev) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
03.
Three pieces from Romeo & Juliet (arr. D. Grjunes): Mask Dance
01:57
(Sergei Prokofiev) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
04.
Three pieces from Romeo & Juliet (arr. D. Grjunes): From: Death of Juliet (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)
02:21
(Sergei Prokofiev) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
05.
Chanson Russe (arr. Igor Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin)
03:28
(Igor Stravinsky) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
06.
Tango (arr. Samuel Dushkin)
03:09
(Igor Stravinsky) Cécile Huijnen, Marieke Hopman
07.
Ave Maria
02:55
(Charles Gounod, Johann Sebastian Bach) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
08.
From ‘The Gipsy Songs’ Op. 55 No. 4: Songs my mother taught me (arr. Kreisler)
03:09
(Antonin Dvořák) Cécile Huijnen, Marieke Hopman
09.
Summertime
03:08
(George Gershwin) Cécile Huijnen, Marieke Hopman
10.
All the things you are, are mine
03:55
(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
11.
The man I love
04:55
(Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Cécile Huijnen, Marieke Hopman
12.
So in love
03:23
(Cole Porter) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
13.
Imitazione delle Campane
02:18
(Johann Paul von Westhoff) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
14.
Candybox (arr. Chiel Meijering)
03:21
(Chiel Meijering) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
15.
Suite Turks Fruit (arr. Marijn van Prooijen)
06:55
(Rogier van Otterloo) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
16.
Salut d’Amour, Op. 12
02:48
(Edward Elgar) Marieke Hopman, Cécile Huijnen
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