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René Eckhardt


the complete 


double CD





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Ton de Leeuw - Complete Piano Solo Works 
by René Eckhardt, Label Quintone

Listen to fragments of piano works of Ton  de Leeuw


Reviews of the double CD 
Ton de Leeuw Complete Piano Solo Works

"Harmony and perfection resonate when one listens to the performance of the complete piano works by René Eckhardt." (national weekly De Groene Amsterdammer, Bas van Putten)

“Great performance. René Eckhardt is an first class interpreter of De Leeuws music. " (national newspaper Het Parool, Erik Voermans)

“Of De Leeuws best piano works, [Men go their ways and Les adieux] are at last superior performances available." (Emanuel Overbeeke, national monthly Luister)

Reviews of performances 
of piano works of Ton de Leeuw by DRené Eckhardt:

"Eckhardt plays with virtuosity without forcing his personality to the front." (De Gelderlander)

"Eckhardt showed that analytical precision could go with the disclosure of spiritual dimensions." (de Volkskrant)

"The Dutch music is lucky to have René Eckhardt as a representative, for whom a high quality of piano sound is as important as a perfect playing technique." (Key Notes )

The CD Ton de Leeuw - Chamber Music with the piano solo work Les Adieux (1988) performed by René Eckhardt was awarded an Edison Classic 1993.  

The Jury Edison Classic: 
“René Eckhardt 's performance honours  the monumental spirit of this composition."





Still from DE KLANK VAN DE STILTE (The Sound of Silence),a movie by Eline Flipse about Ton de Leeuw: René Eckhardt works with the composer, playing Les Adieux. In this composition the registers of the grand piano sound in all its glory. 

"I experience music always as a stream 
- just like in nature."


Ton de Leeuw

The Dutch composer Ton de Leeuw (1926-1996) studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris. Like his teacher De Leeuw was intrigued by Oriental rythms and non-European cultures. He used to say: ”The artist is an  instrument.” This implies a mentality of the performer which De Leeuw found during is frequent visits to India: an open state of mind and performing in service to the composition. He advised the performer "to omit every attempt to play beautifully, expressive or emotionally." “Don't exert yourself too much," he often said to me. 

With his music De Leeuw tries to create balance and harmony.  Naturally, musical climaxes and counterforces are evident in his music. However, external contrasts are only on the surface behind which lies the principle of unity showing itself in variety. Circa 1980 De Leeuw developed for this purpose a special way of composing which he called expanded modality.

Between 1943 and 1988 De Leeuw wrote 21 piano works, such as the Vier Ritmische Etudes (1952) in which for the firts time non-European elements appear, and the virtuoso Sonate no. 2 (1948) which is not performed untill today.

René Eckhardt


More information on the life and work of Ton de Leeuw:

Ten composer portraits in word and image 

by Saar Roelofs




solo piano wOrkS 
arranged In chronological

01 -Partita (Breda 6 August 1943) 4’

02 -Praeludium en Fuga (October-6 November 1944) 2’

03 -Pianosonate I (Breda, October 1945) 8’

04 -Partita (Breda, December 1945 - January 1946) 4’

05 -Drie inventies (April 1946) 7’

06 -Kleine suite (Breda, August1946) 6’

07 -Sonate II (Breda, April - October 1948) 19’

08 -Sonatine (Breda, spring 1949) 7’

09 -Vier preludes (Paris, January 1950) 9’.

10 -Variations sur une chanson populaire Française (Breda, 1-7 August 1950, ) 7’.

11 -Cinq études (Gaudeamus, Bilthoven, April 1951) 7’. 
(Award of the city of Genua, 1952 or 1953)

12 -Vier ritmische etudes (Utrecht, fall 1952) 8’

13 -Danse lente (musical self portrait) 
     (Utrecht, 23-24 October 1953) 2’

14 -Pastorale (Utrecht, December 1954) 1.5’

15 -Lydische suite (Utrecht, January1954) 6’

16 -Drie Afrikaanse etudes (Utrecht, summer 1954) 7’.

17 -Zes dansen (Utrecht, summer 1955) 7’

18 -Men go their ways (Hilversum, winter 1963-64) 14’. 

19 -The nine rasas (Hilversum 1968) 8’.

20 -Linkerhand en rechterhand (1976) 5’.

21 -Les Adieux (1988) 18’



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