The descriptive titles of his works, which often refer to cities or other locations, do not immediately reveal that Richard Rijnvos (NL, 1964) is first and foremost a radical composer. Someone who generates tones from non-musical, numerical sources such as magic squares and chessboards — and who loves to endlessly stack melodic lines on top of each other. This rigorous, dispassionate approach produces sensual works that bear a unique signature that is not specifically Dutch.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam has released a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's Amérique du Nord. The work is the second part of GRAND ATLAS, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.The orchestral work received its première on 2 February 2017 during a concert in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Gustavo Gimeno conducting. Between 2011 and 2017 Richard Rijnvos enjoyed a long-term residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The RCO were voted the "world's greatest orchestra" in 2008 by a panel of critics assembled by Gramophone. Amérique du Nord is a symphonic scherzo, full of musical puns, allusions and flashbacks; no mockingbird, shark or cuckoo was harmed during the making.