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Boomkat Product Review:
Nelly 'Petro' Van Doesburg was the wife of De Stijl founder Theo Van Doesburg, so as you can probably imagine was present at a number of pivotal points in the foundation of one of the crucial parts of 20th century art. Eventually she began to perform piano-pieces at lectures her husband would make at various De Stijl and Dada events between 1918 and 1925, and this disc is a collection of piano works drawn from that repertoire. Included here are works by Erik Satie, Francois Poulenc, Jacob van Domselaer, Josef Hauer, Arnold Schoenberg, Arthur Henegger and more and the entire 76 minute performance is recited by Peter Beijersbergen van Henegouwen. I'm left unsure as to what this gorgeous, haunting solo piano music has to do with Dadaism or the De Stijl movement exactly (I don't have a book of historical notes to thumb through sadly) but all the same this is a collection of absolutely top bar compositions. The playing (Beijersbergen van Henegouwen obviously knows what he's doing) is sublime throughout and because there are only a handful of tracks from each composer it is diverse and easy to hold your attention. Obviously the main focus here will be on the Erik Satie tracks, his cult success has pulled eyes and ears towards almost everything he has put his name to, but there's also plenty more on offer, the highlight for me being a selection of short studies from the pioneering pianist Shoenberg. Overall this is like a mixtape of classic solo piano pieces and is definitely worth a look for fans of the artistic movements it is (or was) associated with or people who just fancy a damn good cd. Recommended listening.