ABOUT 'THE POET OF THE HARP MUSIC' [..]
Núria Serra, Sonograma
'That I did always Love is a beautiful and striking recording; the author, aware of the importance that women have had in this process of transmission of the sensitive world, has composed a work of sound art with music and words
of the spirit.'
'Vanschothorst ontwikkelde haar eigen intuïtieve stijl: een vloeiende, natuurlijk ademende muziek met pure harpklanken, natuurgeluiden en gesproken woord.'
Ron Schepper - Textura
'Dear dear Anne - how is it possible that we could breathe so like one ... i am completely overwhelmed by what you have done. It sounds so ... normal/right/like it was always like that, has always been supposed to be like that. My appreciation is twofold: first for the natural way in which you let this happen, the breathing of text and music, the perfect balance of word, human voice and instrument, the wonderful balance of poems, their order. But secondly, how remarkable the rhythm, phrasing, pace, other sounds and pitch of the music with the text, but especially what you do beTWEEN the poems. Sometimes it just ends, sometimes you take the listener further, and i love the 2 intermezzos.'
Annemarié van Niekerk - book reviewer Trouw
'Do yourself a favour and listen to Anne Vanschothorst's beautiful harp compositions accompanying Antjie Krog's poetry. Hauntingly beautiful.'
'Those scant, long-flared notes sound like musical abstractions.'
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
'There is a stunning soundtrack quality to Anne Vanschothorst's music, but that should be no surprise as she has been called upon to provide such to the visual arts.'
'Compositions in which each note accentuates the surrounding silence and vice versa.'
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
'Many of the miniatures remind me of Erik Satie -- not that her music is in his style, but that both composers so thoroughly explore an artfully restricted sonic universe -- in which chords and single melodic lines appear in alternation and at a pace slow enough to experience them almost as if they were sounding sculptures.'
Lex Bohlmeijer - NPO Radio Klassiek
'Such efficient and impressive music, every note counts, touches... i find that daring and moving for that matter too.'
MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN - Sjarel Ex
'I saw her literally dancing through the room. I love how it goes with intervals, one sees her standing still and then she gets moving again, i really experienced that all of a sudden 'la petite danseuse' stepped out of her glass case as that happens at night in a museum when the lights go down. Now we witnessed it ourselves, how very beautiful indeed!'
Lori Lieberman (singer/songwriter (Killing Me Softly a.o.)
'Anne Vanschothorst is such an amazing and passionate artist / she makes impressively beautiful music, just love it!'
TEXTURA CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEW
'Extremely beautiful music!'
'The sonic landscapes are a structured but dream-like realm of enchantment, a freely unfolding exotic sort of classical ambiance of mood and expressivity, a sort of post-ECM spaciousness. Her playing is authoritative, precise and expressive. Anne's best work so far.'
STUDIO DRIFT - Ralph Nauta
"Your composition gives exactly the feeling i am looking for; melancholic and yet free."
'Anne's music is an antidote to the present!'
Marjolein van der Heide
'Anne travels solo in this enchantingly beautiful modern 'Alice in wonderland' like fairy tale ; during this enriching & transforming sound search, for herself and the listener, she discovers unique stories to tell.'
'Anne takes us by the hand to see all that is beautiful around us, and what a marvel it is! 9/10'
MUSICALLY SPEAKING - Mell Minter
'Anne Vanschothorst plays with a confident virtuosity that fully animates the extraordinary (and for me, unexpected) breadth of her instrument’s expressiveness.'
'Anne puts more emotion into her harp than anyone we've ever heard before. The compositions on this album are smart, precise, reflective, exacting and purely beautiful.' ★★★★★
'Striking is the wonderful minimalist and subtle film music.'
GRAPHICINEMA - Fernando Ferreira
'It is very striking how the music, especially in the animation by Aimée de Jongh, reinforces the emotions.'
'Thanks to the amazingly beautiful harp music the moving pictures received extra motion.'
Tobias Fischer - TOKAFI
'Anne is really living inside music - her perspective on many of our questions has a feeling of coming from another realm, almost. A realm I would certainly love to visit myself.'
'Fascinating soundscapes — simultaneously multifaceted and thoroughly cohesive, the music is beautifully written and performed, and well worth any open-eared listener’s attention.'
'Dear Anne, i went to listen to some of your music, and once again i am pleased to notice how the harp sends a strong message, all by itself ; whatever we play, it turns out as an expression of the profound human longing for beauty of peace, aren't we fortunate?