Amérique du Nord
Rijnvos’ music has many faces. Unlike the hermetic, abstract depiction of the Antarctic that the RCO [Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] performed in 2012, this new, sublimely orchestrated work is almost narrative: a kind of Alpine Symphony, but in the American way. Strauss introduces cowbells, instead Rijnvos imitates honking cars.
That does not alter the fact that in fifteen minutes he manages to extract the root of everything American; fanfares, variety and cartoon music, jazz à la Gershwin, clashing orchestras in the style of Ives, and, as markers, high rising towers of abrasive sounds like the ones Varèse liked to employ. By means of a coda jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-everything Rijnvos throws in a lullaby and a cuckoo.
Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant, 6 February 2017
Rijnvos likes variety, and enjoys the odd extra-musical motive. Thinking of North America he chose film music and popular culture as the main theme, and so he designed a road trip through twenty states, bombarding the listener with (semi-)quotes, from Hitchcock to Jaws. Out of tune brass transfers us hastily to [...] traffic chaos. Someone shouts "Taxi”! A percussionist plods away on a typewriter and throws away a crumpled ball of paper. But Rijnvos’ road trip is too exciting to ponder anything at length. Conductor Gimeno managed the orchestra well, both in rampaging, as in lithely switching gears between a sweaty swing basement and Dvorák wittily garbled New World.
Joep Stapel, NRC Handelsblad, 3 February 2017