‘Rian de Waal plays Bach transcriptions’
When I first met Rian de Waal we where recording at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. He told me that he and his wife Marion van den Akker bought a farm in Valthermond and that they where planning to build a concert hall in it. His dream was to work in this hall on his recital programs, organize concerts and make recordings as well. When all the construction work was done we went to Valthermond to make some test recordings. These tests where the start of many recordings with Rian and Marion in Valthermond. The first complete CD was a selection of Bach transcriptions that we recorded in 2004. This first CD in the series ‘The Valthermond Recordings’ is all about the view that the romantic composers had on Bach’s music and the transformation of church and chamber music to music for the concert stage.
The transcriptions on this disc are imbued with historical consciousness and new inspiration. Works for organ, choir and violin find their way to the piano. Not as a substitute but as a new autonomous appearance.
(Steinway D ‘Godowski’ – photo made by Daan van Aalst)
The cover design is based on the landscape surrounding the concert hall. The picture reflects the view from the piano room.
Rian de Waal died on the 25th of may 2011. His inspiring personality and great musicianship will be missed by many people. He leaves us with many great memories and an impressive collection of recordings.
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Recording venue: ‘Onder de Linden’, Valthermond
Recording date: Januari, 2004
Recording producer and editing: Daan van Aalst
Piano technician: Michel Brandjes
Cover design: dT concept & ontwerp