Owe WALTER (1946)
La Guitarra (1993-1995):
Leo BROUWER (1939)
Tres Apuntes (1959):
4. El “Homenaje a Falla”
5. De unfragmento instrumental
6. Sobre un canto de Bulgaria
7. Hika, in memoriam Toru Takemitsu (1996)
Wim HENDERICKX (1962)
8. In deep silence I (1998)
9. Christ condemned to death
10. The way of the cross of Jesus
11. Lamentation of Mary <
audio sample >
12. The crucifixion of Jesus
13. His death on the cross
14. The resurrection of Jesus
titel: In Deep Silence
composers: Owe Walter (b. 1946, Sweden), Leo Brouwer (b. 1939, Cuba) and
Wim Henderickx (b. 1962, Belgium).
label: Accent Records, BE
CD number: ACC 24177
recorded: at the 'Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Kerk', Haarlem, NL, September
instrument : John Gilbert (1980)
total duration: 68'27"
illustration: The sleeping gypsy by Henri Rousseau
Leo Brouwer and Raphaella Smits (1985)
IN DEEP SILENCE
Raphaella Smits plays contemporary guitar music of Owe Walter, Leo Brouwer
and Wim Henderickx
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
Two of these pieces were written for me ('La Guitarra' & 'In deep
silence I'); hence the close collaboration between the composer and the
The three composers, fundamentally different, have at least one quality
in common. In essence, in their method of composing, they remain faithful
to combining the musical elements into a bouquet full of expression and
colour. They make new music, not imitating earlier creations but based
on respect for them.
Thus Owe Walter occasionally reminds us of Tedesco, Leo Brouwer of de
Falla, Stravinsky and Takemitsu, while Wim Henderickx, reminds us of the
East, with controlled improvisation. He is also associated with Takemitsu
and with Bartók.
Thus, from such contrasts, this programme creates a beautiful whole. It
is designed to re-ignite people's curiosity in discovering new repertoire.Ē
The complete insert notes.
More information about Wim
ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT
JOHN GILBERT #46 was the fourth eight-string instrument built by this Californian
Some of the particulars are 654mm string length: the first in this length.
The design incorporates basic brace layouts similar to both Spanish and
other European makers with standard fan struts with transverse braces just
below the soundhole.
The face is Sitka Spruce, the back and sides are Indian rosewood, the neck
is Spanish cedar.
More about luthier John Gilbert.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
"I am very grateful and proud because Raphaella likes to perform
my music on stage as well as on recordings. It is really not obvious that
a musician dares to take the risk of contemporary repertoire next to classical
and romantic music.
Besides that I can assure you that this CD with compositions by Owe Walter,
Leo Brouwer and myself, is a recording worth listening to, to really enjoy:
the works fit together perfectly, thanks to a well thought-out compilation.
I know Raphaella since many years as a great pedagogue, a great guitarist
and a great human being. And I will gladly compose more pieces for her
in the near future."
Hein Sanderink in <El Maestro, EGTA-NL> wrote:
"Most companies don't dare, but cd-label Accent has published without
fear a number of contemporary composers for guitar. In Deep Silence is
the name of the recording with works by Walter, Brouwer and Henderickx.
With this CD the Belgian guitarist RaphaŽlla Smits adds a masterwork
to her oeuvre. "
Javier Suárez-Pajares, Profesor Titular de Historia y Ciencias
de la Música, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain:
"Too few guitarists can permit oneself to realize a project as personal
as this 'In Deep Silence' of Raphaëlla Smits. A CD that enriches
the discographical space with music encouraged by or written for this
Belgian guitarist. (...) A whim. A discovery. A revelation. "
(See complete review in
Danielle Ribouillaut in <Classical Guitar> wrote:
"Raphaella Smits is not a common artist at all. Extremely deep in
her interpretations, she knows how to catch the essence of the works she
offers to us –many times original scores.
She let us discover Wim Henderickx’s 'Saeta' in seven parts dedicated
to a religious meditation on Jesus’s last day: a long mystical development
which ends with the resurrection all in harmonics on the guitar. This
is the first time we hear a programatic music in the faith topic on the
François Nicolas in <Guitare Classique (FR)> wrote:
"With a superb sonority and a remarkable sense for respiration and
phrasing, Raphaella Smits invites us to a program with great importance
regarding the personal relationship with the composers. Although very
different in form and writing, the choosen works show a metaphysical iterrogation,
like in 'In Deep Silence I' and in the very poignant 'Saeta' of Wim Henderickx,
in which extreme intensities alternate with meditative calms inspired
by the Passion of Christ.
One can only admire the great palette of nuances and the dynamics of Leo
Brouwers' 'Tres Apuntes' as well as the subtleties of timbre in 'Hika'.
A magnificent interpretation with intense emotion!"
Irma Wassall of Witchita, KS wrote:
"There are not enough words adequate to describe the wonder of Raphaella
Smits. There are a few exceptional people who radiate a light of their own.
Raphaella is one of them.
About 'Saeta', a work by Wim Henderickx: one could
visualize the Holy Week processions in the streets, most famous, perhaps,
in Seville, Spain: the statues and stained glass windows of the churches;
the candles and incense; the arrows of grief; the unbelievable depth of
emotion; and of course, the bells, the music."
Danielle Ribouillaut again in a personal note:
"Intelligent, sensible et original comme toujours. Je te dis
toute ma très grande estime pour ton vrai grand talent artistique!
Je suis chaque fois émue par 'Saeta' ... et ta version
des 'Tres Apuntes' est magistrale!"