Antarctique

Richard Rijnvos wrote Antarctique especially for the circular Gasholder. [...] His orchestral treatment was impressive: a steady, propelling pulse, like a mysterious signal, brought about an alienating experience of immensity.
Joep Stapel, NRC Handelsblad, 25 June 2012

Because it is hard to survive on the South Pole ‘[Antarctique] lacks the luxury of varied melodies and varied rhythms’, according to the composer. [...] Again, the result is exceptional music that eschews trends. The circular motion of the chord sequence is always slightly differently and interrupted by wonderfully timed moments of mysterious silence. At the close Antarctique froze dramatically beautiful in time, rattling to a halt on woodblocks surrounding the audience.
Roeland Hazendonk, Het Parool, 25 June 2012

In Antarctique, specially composed for this occasion, Richard Rijnvos explores the boundaries of the self-imposed limitation. Just as the South Pole area has no vegetation, this piece has no varied rhythms or melodies, but consists exclusively of chords that enter in a regular pulse [...]. Twelve percussionists, arranged in a circle along the walls, accentuate the chords with strokes that eventually seem to move through space. Within this fairly narrow straitjacket Rijnvos in just over ten minutes realizes a maximum of timbre and variety.
Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant, 25 juni 2012