The maestro of Minimalist piano music has done it again, with an album of gentle melodies and soothing sounds from Yann Tiersen (b.1970) a composer best known outside his native France for the soundtrack to the movie Amélie (2001): the soundtrack sold over 200,000 copies in his homeland, and became Platinum in the US and Germany. Tiersens music helped to make the movie a hit, capturing its bittersweet mix of humour and sadness, and many of the best-known pieces from the soundtrack are included on this new album, such as the Satie-tinged Waltz of Amélie, but there is much more recent music here which Tiersen wrote in the wake of the films success, including extracts from his soundtracks to Goodbye Lenin (2003) and Tabarly (2008), which tells the tragic story of the French sailor Eric Tabarly, who won the Single-Handed Transatlantic Yacht Race twice before drowning in the Irish Sea. Tiersens music is often melancholy and reflective, but there are many lighter and more uptempo numbers on this wide-ranging survey of his output, which is sure to share the popular success of Jeroen van Veens many other albums for Brilliant Classics such as his Minimalist Piano Collections (BC8551 and BC9171) and compendiums of Ludovico Einaudi (BC94910 and BC9452), Simeon ten Holt (BC9434 and BC9453) and Jacob ter Veldhuis (BC94873). The music needs to speak for itself, and that it does, in this consistently enjoyable collection, I have no reservations in recommending to anyone who enjoys minimalism (Fanfare). French composer Yann Tiersen (born 1970) is one of the most popular and successful film music writers of today. His soulful and melancholic music finds its traces in folk music, French chansons, musette waltzes, street music, but also in the minimalism of Satie, Glass and Nyman. His international breakthrough came with the music for the French blockbuster Amélie. Later followed Goodbye Lenin and others. Dutch pianist, pioneer and champion of Minimalism Jeroen van Veen recorded Tiersens most popular melodies, playing the piano in his inimitable way: focussed, serene and hypnotising. A worthy successor of Van Veens successful recordings for Brilliant Classics of piano music by Glass, Pärt, Yiruma and many others.
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Double LP
• Made in the EUMusicians:
Jeroen van Veen, piano
Recorded November 4-5, 2014 at Van Veen Productions Studio 1, Culemborg, The Netherlands.