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04 February 2022
"this is music in which a sound world is created with precision, and in which mood (sometimes shattered by sudden orchestral eruptions) dominates any musical argument. a voice [that] is frequently effective in creating emotional states. I would like to hear more of Jeths’s music, and I probably will make an effort to do so."Fanfare, 01-9-2022
Reinbert de Leeuw is a well-known conductor and pianist performing mainly contemporary music. He also taught at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and founded the “Dutch Charles Ives Society”.
In 1974 he founded the Schönberg Ensemble. They focus on performing works by the Second Viennese School. For the strings of the ensemble he composed the piece Etude.
Reinbert de Leeuw regularly conducts the Netherlands' major orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the ASKO ensemble. He is a regular guest in most European countries and the United States, Japan and Australia. Reinbert de Leeuw has been involved in various opera productions at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as with the Nederlandse Reisopera. Productions include works by Strawinsky, Andriessen, Ligeti and Vivier. In 2011, he conducted Schoenberg's monumental Gurre-Lieder, which was the realisation of an old ambition of his.
De Leeuw was in 1992 guest artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival and from 1994–1998 artistic director of Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. He was artistic advisor for contemporary music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and from 2001 to 2010 he served as artistic leader at the Nederlandse Orkest- en Ensemble-Academie (NJO; Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy).
Willem Jeths' musical language has become gradually less atonal over the years. His most recent compositions even have a prominent ground tone. Densely orchestrated sound blocks rub along one another and overlap in an idiom that might remind one more of Ligeti or Rihm than a typical composer of the Dutch school. It is worth noting that Willem Jeths won two prices at the 1996 International Composition Competition in Vienna, for his violin concert Glenz and for his Piano Concerto. The jury included Wolfgang Rihm, Gerard Grisey, Franco Donatoni, Lothar Knessl and Friedrich Cerha - composers who, like Jeths, are intensely attuned to sound as an aspect of composition. Jeths also won the ''Amsterdamprijs voor de kunst'' for his ouvre in 2014. Although a work by Willem Jeths might suggest the existence of a clear-cut plan, forms and structures fade to the background during the composition process. Jeths is driven by spirit and fancy, unfettered by predetermined routes or goals. Because he is so conscious of the basic material, the resulting form, individual and personal, appears to the listener as a taut, consistent concept that unifies the piece. This apparently contradiction, in which aesthetics and working method seem to collide, remains one of the most intriguing aspects, both musically and personally, of Willem Jeths.
this is music in which a sound world is created with precision, and in which mood (sometimes shattered by sudden orchestral eruptions) dominates any musical argument.
a voice [that] is frequently effective in creating emotional states.
I would like to hear more of Jeths’s music, and I probably will make an effort to do so.
The composer must surely be well pleased with the outcome of this project and with the recordings/performances which are extremely well written up in the English-only booklet.
There’s more than a touch of hysteria about these live recordings of works by Willem Jeths, a composer who describes his music as being ‘about extremes.'
BBC Music Magazine, 22-5-2022
Led by James Gaffigan, Mors aeterna is a perfectly balanced lake of calm with echoing depths.
De Volkskrant, 17-2-2022
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra focuses on masterful music by Willem Jeths
Het Parool, 03-2-2022