Confluence (2016)

Bach, Baldwine, anonymus, Lapicida, Moelker, Telemann, Couperin

Niels Bijl, Ronald Moelker

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. Ronald has just moved to Twente, after an intensive period full of Baroque and Renaissance music in the North of the country. Ronald, searching for peace and inspiration. Niels, finishing his study, searching for adventure and musical identity. Contact information is exchanged. Ronald gives Niels his recording of the Fantasies of Telemann. The foundations have been laid. 

 

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Niels Bijl

Niels’ love for the tenor saxophone began as a 12-year-old under the inspiring tutorship of Willy van Diepen in Haaksbergen. During the early years Niels was mostly active in Big Bands and Blues and Jazz bands (including founder of the blues band Cuban Heels), but later at the Conservatorium in Enschede his knowledge of classical and contemporary music was perfected under the supervision of Arno Bornkamp and Johan van der Linden. Currently Niels works as saxophonist on regular productions with symphony orchestras (including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Anima Eterna, World Orchestra for Peace) but his passion lies in Chamber Music, collaborating with among others: the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, pianists Hans-Erik Dijkstra, Rob Horsting, harpist Maaike Bosscher and recorder player Ronald Moelker. His most important motivations are a quest for innovation, quality and passion in music. He shares this passion with young saxophonists through giving master classes around the world and, closer to home, his activities at the music school in Hengelo.

Photo: skarstermusic.com

Ronald Moelker

Flute Player Ronald Moelker has done numerous concert tours and recordings as a recorder soloist and with ensembles like the Lacrimae Ensemble and the Bassano Quartet. 

He moves easily and seamlessly between different musical genres. He unites a large number of styles and timbres and proves that the boundaries of what is possible with a recorder have not yet been reached. 

In addition to his work in the area of early music, he performs modern compositions and improvisations, including his own work, utilizing Tibetan Bowls and Percussion. 

He has performed at major European Music Festivals such as the ECM Festival in Heraklion and the Festivals for Early Music in Utrecht, Brugge, Skara, Basel and St. Petersburg. He won several prizes and received awards at The Early Music Festival in Brugge and The Van Wassenaer Competition NL (First Prize). 

Ronald Moelker studied recorder at the Conservatory in Rotterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

photo: provided by Aliud Records

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Confluence (2016)

Bach, Baldwine, anonymus, Lapicida, Moelker, Telemann, Couperin

Niels Bijl, Ronald Moelker

Cables: Mochami
Digital Converters: Horus by Merging
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Jos Boerland
Mastering Room: Marren Media
Microphones: Sonodore, DPA 4006, Neumann
Notes: Originally recorded in stereo, surround sound and concrete 3D Audio
Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Johannes Church Twekkelo, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: B&W 805

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Grave BWV 1003 from Sonata no. 2
Bach
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Canon BWV 1080.14 from Die Kunst der Fuge
Bach
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A Duo from the Baldwine Manuscript
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Estampie Petrone from the Robertsbridge Codex
anonymus
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Tandernaken after Erasmus Lapicida
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Ithaca after the poem by Konstantinos Kavafis
Moelker
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Fantasia VI - Dolce
Telemann
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Fantasia VI - Allegro
Telemann
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Fantasia VI - Spirituoso
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Fantasia IX - Affettuoso
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Fantasia IX - Allegro
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Fantasia IX - Grave
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Fantasia IX - Vivace
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No. 3
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Sonata BWV 1035 - Adagio ma non tanto
Bach
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Sonata BWV 1035 - Allegro
Bach
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Sonata BWV 1035 - Siciliano
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Sonata BWV 1035 - Allegro assai
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Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou Les Maillotins
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