Canto Ostinato was being completed in 1979
During a performance the grand pianos are positioned in a cross shape formation. The pianists use specific signs to communicate and therefore it’s necessary their faces are turned towards each other. The compositions consist of a large number of sections which need to be repeated. The number of repetitions are determined by the pianists. Concerning the way the dynamics should be applied, the pianists are allowed freedom to a high extent. For the greater part the way the notes in the score are being played -legato, staccato, portato - is the pianist’s choice. The time span of the composition is indefinite. The pianists of the Rondane Quartet have made some agreements with relation to the performance, nevertheless there’s room for sponteanous ideas and they are allowed to act on their musical impulses.
Normally concerts last 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, but the length varies, depending on the inspiration of the pianists, the acoustics, the instruments and the physical endurance. Every composition is played in one piece, breaks are not permitted. Owing to the substantial liberty of action every performance will be a musical adventure for both the pianists as the audience.
The Rondane Quartet consists of the pianists Daphne Keune, Robert Lambermont, Petra van Oort and Laura Sandee.
The members of the Rondane Quartet can be considered as the youngest generation pianists, that engages itself in the music of Simeon ten Holt. Typical of their interpretation of Ten Holt’s music is the use of accents that, because of their rhythmics and the way they are positioned in the tonesystem, seems to create a whole new world.Thus they search for new musical atmospheres in response to preceding performances of Simeon ten Holt’s music.
Over the years the members of the Rondane Quartet have been invited by Simeon ten Holt personally to perform his music on a number of occasions. Among other things they played in church De Duif and the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam, the Ruïnekerk in Bergen (residence of Ten Holt), in the Centre of Arts in Roermond, the Barbarakerk in Culemborg, the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz and in the Four Grand Piano Pavilion of Dré Wapenaar during several theatre and music festivals in ’s-Hertogenbosch and Zeeland.
September 2010 their debut CD with Canto Ostinato was being released. It has been esteemed highly by the press, and within one year more than a thousand copies have been sold. In August 2011 they produced their second CD with the composition Horizon and their third CD Lemniscaat was being released November 2012.
Since November 2011 you can hear and see the Rondane Quartet in the documentary film "About Canto" of Ramon Gieling, which had its worlwide release at the IDFA 2011.
The compositions for four grand pianos of Simeon ten Holt are relatively young. Canto Ostinato was being completed in 1979, whereupon followed four extensive compositions for four grand pianos.