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Introspection 92

Introspection 92
Thijs van Leer plays "classic evergreens" in the style of his early Introspection albums.

Year:  1992
Media:  CD album
Label: Columbia
Release no: COL 472295 2
Manufactured: Other

Musicians: Thijs van Leer (flute)
Louis van Dijk (grand piano)
Dick Bakker (arr.)
Letty de Jong (solo vocal)
Wanda van der Hoofd (voice)
Julya Loko (voice)
Lisa Boray (voice)
London Studio Symphony Orchestra

Producer: John J. Vis and Dick Bakker

Introspection 92
Thijs van Leer plays "classic evergreens" in the style of his early Introspection albums.

Liner notes by Willem Duys:
In 1972 I had the honour and pleasure to write the liner notes for Introspection I, featuring flutist Thijs van Leer, together with the composer/arranger Rogier van Otterloo. "A wonderful combination of talent and taste", I wrote not foreseeing that this first collection of magnificent melodies would ultimately be followed by three others, totalling sales of more than a million LP's in Holland alone.

In retrospect this all-time record is not hard to explain. People with good ears were getting tired of loud poptunes and found solace in the mostly quiet classical themes, the lovely strings and woodwinds, the pure voice of Letty de Jong and of course the brilliant playing of the soloist.

Van Leer, though he was barely twenty, was already known worldwide for his work with Focus, a now legendary group. Introspection gave him his first chance to show his love and feeling for the great masters he had studied since childhood. And how reverently he treated Bach, Händel, Fauré and others!

The years have gone by and the playing of Van Leer has matured considerably, like a fine wine well kept. Faultless is his mastery of moods and his strong tone is even fuller and warmer than before, in all registers.

Back again are his former collaborators, except for the unforgettavle Van Otterloo. This genious of harmony and classical form died in 1988, only 46 years old. On this CD he is replaced by Dick Bakker, his most gifted pupil, who had the extra advantage of conducting superb London musicians, such as members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Introspection 92 once again features what one may call "classic evergreens" - from Bach to Mozart to even Offenbach. But equally attractive are the themes from present-day composers like Shaffy, Morricone or Claude-Michel Schönberg. But my personal favorite is "Rondo 92" with an exuberant Van Leer, velvet vocals and perfect pianoplaying. Mozart would have been delighted.

Twenty years after the first-born, this fifth Intronspection, again conceived and produced by Maestro John J. Vis, is nothing short of sheer joy. A silver disc to treasure for many golden hours!

Tracks: I dreamed a dream (Schönberg/Boublil)
Wachet auf (Bach)
Introspection 5 (Leer)
Go on forever (Shaffy)
Cavatina (Meyers)
Sarabande (Händel)
Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Bach)
O, thou that tellest (Händel)
Air (Bach)
Rondo '92 (Mozart)
Impromptu nr. 3 (Schubert)
Ennio Morricone Collage
Barcarolle (Offenbach)
In Dulce Jubilo
Old and wise (Woolfson)

Unique identifier: 85

Sorting code: 003-33-1992-introspection_92-1992