In between, I found myself in the State Room of the North Brabant Museum, where I heard light breaking. It happened in a composition by Christiaan Richter with the prosaic title ‘Afspiegelbreuk’. Having previously written a work for accordion solo that this remarkable composer titled ‘Afbending yoke’, the successor Afspiegelbreuk, written especially for accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam and the Luna Quartet, now sounded. Strings had been added to provide all the intermediate tones that an accordion cannot create. The result was an unprecedented rarefied piece of floating notes that indeed sounded like refracting light causing glare and flecks through a sprinkled window or a scientific prism.
CULTUURPERS, by Wijbrand Schaap, 6 November 2023