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Ronald Moelker

Confluence

  • Type CD
  • Label Aliud
  • UPC 8717775551102
  • Catalog number ACDBA 912
  • Release date 27 January 2017
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About the album

Confluence: a place where two rivers or streams join to become one.

The year is 1996. Classically trained saxophonist Niels Bijl is at the end of his Conservatorium education. In a record shop in the centre of Enschede: in a spare hour he is trawling the cd racks, looking for unknown music, new inspiration. Ronald Moelker walks past him, purposefully, towards the counter. With a clear question: do you also have recordings of classical music on saxophone? A conversation quickly follows, a friendship is born.

What follows; more than 20 years of research, collaboration and a shared passion for enjoying life. Niels and Ronald, managing to remain unfettered by the apparently different worlds of their chosen instruments, take on all challenges together. The 15th Century British complexity of Baldwine’s A Duo, the light-footedness of Francois Couperin’s Tic-Toc-Choc. Bach as uniting thread, with highlights such as the two-part canon from the Kunst der Fugue and the flute sonata BWV 1035. Aided by the expert mastery of recorder builder Adriana Breukink, the saxophone and recorder come ever closer to each other. The romance of young love is reflected in Tandernaken. The festive cadans of the early middle ages are celebrated in the Estampie Petrone. In an unknown duo, referred to as No. 3, harsh dissonant sounds are continuously replaced with beautiful harmonies, ending in a perfect unison. Ronald Moelker’s composition Ithaca, written for Niels, is the perfect introduction to the heart of the collaboration and friendship: Two fantasies by Telemann.

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    Grave BWV 1003 from Sonata no. 2
     
    04:11
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    Canon BWV 1080.14 from Die Kunst der Fuge
     
    06:54
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    A Duo from the Baldwine Manuscript
     
    03:42
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    Estampie Petrone from the Robertsbridge Codex
     
    06:45
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    Tandernaken after Erasmus Lapicida
     
    04:31
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    Ithaca after the poem by Konstantinos Kavafis
     
    05:01
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    Fantasia VI Dolce
     
    03:25
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    Fantasia VI Allegro
     
    01:16
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    Fantasia VI Spirituoso
     
    01:15
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    Fantasia IX Affettuoso
     
    03:05
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    Fantasia IX Allegro
     
    01:33
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    Fantasia IX Grave
     
    00:25
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    Fantasia IX Vivace
     
    01:53
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    No. 3
     
    02:55
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    Sonata BWV 1035 Adagio ma non tanto
     
    02:26
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    Sonata BWV 1035 Allegro
     
    03:51
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    Sonata BWV 1035 Siciliano
     
    03:37
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    Sonata BWV 1035 Allegro assai
     
    03:51
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    Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou Les Maillotins
     
    03:29

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