FOR MATTIA

"This is (apart from Bach) the most moving music I have heard in years!"


"So intense. So beautiful. A little masterpiece!"


"Listened on the radio. Touched deeply. At that moment I was on the road, I stopped the car.  After a full hour I drove on, realizing what something great has been done with a piece of music. Thanks".

"This luminous music builds a harmonious labyrinth, of which I do not want to find my way out. Listening on the edge of time". 

Douwe Eisenga, piano



Music for Wiek

"Eisenga drags the listener into a musical world where dreamy melancholy and accelerating sequences alternate with a lot of excitement. Inevitable and very compelling."

"A masterful tribute to the cyclical movement."

Press : "Enchanting, compelling, inescapable....Driving rhythms, almost hallucinatory repetition - so beautiful"

playing time : 61'40"

 

Erik-Jan de With, saxophones, Douwe Eisenga, piano & sampling 



the piano files

The Piano Files presents works for 1, 2 and even 4 pianos. His music is very accessible and of a generosity that has no borders."

“In Les Chants Estivaux” the material chimes incandescently as its interlocking patterns escalate in volume and intensity, and the piece grows ever more hypnotic as piano layers are added."

 

Jeroen van Veen, Sandra van Veen en Marcel Worms, piano 



Rose Road - City Lines

“A modern, irresistible groove in the impressive Piano Concerto, the mesmerizing City Lines and the sparkling string quartet Rose Road. Colorful and sublime”.

 

Gerard Bouwhuis, piano, Erika Waardenberg, harp, Johan Faber, percussion, Mifune Tsuji, violin, Lydia Forbes, violin, Lorre Lynn Trytten, viola, Pascale Went, cello, Jaap Branderhorst, double bass, Joeri de Vente, horn, Reijer Dorresteijn, trumpet, Eric Westerink, trombone, Tjeerd Oostendorp, tuba, Pepijn van Doesburg, flute, Vicki Laws, oboe, Marc Dijcks, clarinet, Stefanie Liedtke, bassoon



House of Mirrors

Motion, a splendid example of the composer's engaging style. Kick, a ravishing, sixteen-minute travelogue. No better argument for the superior calibre of his music is needed than Passacaglia.”

Piccola Accademia degli Specchi:

 

Giovanni Rosati & Assunta Cavallari, piano, Alessandra Amorino, flute, Claudia Di Pietro, sax, Giuliano Cavaliere, violin, Kyung Mi Lee, cello, Matteo Sommacal, artistic director

 



the flood, requiem

"His immediately convincing Requiem combines the Latin tradition with modern texts and recognizable, sometimes medieval musical forms. With a wealth of effective contrasts and relief in this music, The Flood is an enchanting requiem".

"
This composition testifies of an unprecedented mysticism. The Flood can now already be labelled as one of the greatest compositions of this time."
 

 

Zeeuws Philharmonisch Koor, Zeeuws Orkest, Simone Veder, conductor Joan Berkhemer. 



for you have delivered my soul

"The ponderous opening part of The Barn pairs elegant piano patterns with plaintive string expressions, resulting in a melancholy and slightly mysterious whole. More rhythmically insistent is the third, where syncopated mallet and string patterns dance breezily, whereas the fourth concludes the release with Romantic string gestures and animated pulsing rhythms executed using both drums and percussion." 

 

Petra Flipse, violin & viola, Marieke Langkamp, cello, Douwe Eisenga, piano & samples



THE WRITER, HIS WIFE, HER MISTRESS

The world famous Aurelia Saxophone quartet plays the music, written for the theatre production ‘The writer, his wife, her mistress’. From a modest, tranquil prologue to a steaming walz, and from the moving lyric of ‘Three Sides’ to the exuberant ‘The Line’.

 

Femke IJlstra, soprano saxophone, Niels Bijl, alt saxophone, Arno Bornkamp, tenor saxophone, Juan Manuel Dominguez, bariton saxophone, Mathieu van Bellen, violin,  Simone Milsdochter, vocals, Douwe Eisenga, piano.



alternatives

Five compositions and dozens of musicians on one of the most varied records of Douwe Eisenga. 

 

Marieke Langkamp & Harry Hulst, violincello, Petra Flipse, violin & viola, Tassilo Erhardt & Sara DeCorso, baroque violin,  Nika Zlataric, baroque violincello, Leen de Broekert, harpsichord, Tanco Noorlander, percussion, Piet Hoeksma, guitar, Jan Fokkema, bass guitar, Erik-Jan de With, Johan Huizing, Heiko Geerts, Silvan Kaiser & Alexander Soussi, saxophones, Henk van Londen, mouth-harmonica, Douwe Eisenga, keyboards, choir : Noord Nederlandse Cantory (conductor : Jan Hut), Karlinke Knevel, vocals



The Piano files II

"A beautiful shower of lively notes, a joyous madness, like a race in fields bathed in sunshine."

"Regardless of whether the piece is arranged for a single instrument, quartet, or large outfit, a distinctive and well-balanced blend of melody and rhythm will always be present."

Jeroen van Veen, piano



Simon Songs

"However different these lyrical songs might be, his distinctive voice is audible throughout, and the elegant, melodically rich settings speak with an immediacy that's hard to resist."

"The tunes are melodious, beautiful and calm. Douwe Eisenga knows to immerse us miraculously in a timelessness that we could forever linger in."

 

Jeroen van Veen, piano



kabaal (uproar)

My chamber opera Kabaal (Uproar) from 2001, written for tenor, baritone and percussion, tells the story of the historic feud between the Dutch naval heroes of the 17th century, Michiel de Ruyter and Cornelis Tromp. 

"An intriguing performance and one hell of an opera"!

 

Egidius Pluymen (baritone): Michiel de Ruyter / Wil van der Meer (tenor): Cornelis Tromp / Daniel Cross (percussion): William III / libretto: Nirav Christophe

 



rivus ii

The meandering flow of melodies, based on a theme by Bach.

"The way the composer treats the original material of Bach is incredibly exciting. Rivus II enters new dimensions."

 

Rien Balkenende, piano