The European angle
John Borstlap’s music is strongly related to the European idea: it is Europe’s culture which defines the nature of its civilization. Therefore, this project transcends national and temporary boundaries, which is apparent from the various influences which inform the music to be recorded: the Austro-German classical tradition, and the French tradition of the period 1890-1914 when it reached its apogee. The project is a contribution to a historically-informed European cultural identity, which should include contemporary art that is related to Europe’s living heritage.
“Creating a sense of belonging will be the strongest cement for Europe.”
(French president Emmanuel Macron).
For the financial parties involved there will be interesting benefits, to be negotiated with both BIS and the Kölner Akademie. The plan is to extend the project with follow-up recordings at a later stage.Given the recent successes with both players and audiences of Borstlap’s music (premières of ‘Solemn Night Music’ by the Dallas Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic under star conductor Jaap van Zweden in 2016), and the impressive qualities of the record company and the orchestra – both internationally acclaimed, it is to be expected that this recording project will be welcomed by classical music lovers internationally.
Parties, interested to be involved in this unusual project, can contact the composer through the contact form on this website.