Van Leer also made solo albums as a flautist, on which he played his own compositions in addition to arrangements of classical pieces, with background vocals by Letty de Jong and arrangements by Rogier van Otterloo. These albums appeared under the title of Introspection, with 4 in the series.
"It seems unfair that some people are so much more talented than others. Thijs van Leer is one of those more-than-usually gifted musicians. He could have been a concert pianist for instance.
It was then that I had the fortune to discover Thijs van Leer and I took him to his recording session in 1967. This resulted in a single that unfortunately nobody took notice of. I also introduced Van Leer to Ramses Shaffy, who was just forming a new cabaret group and soon young Thijs made his professional debut on stages all over the country. Meanwhile he studied the History of Art, took lessons in harmony and counterpoint at the Amsterdam Conservatory and painted many pictures.
|Single with tracks from Introspection 1 & 2|
Introspection is the first solo LP Thijs van Leer has made. It goes back to Bach in some numbers, it shows his classical training, it proves his ability as a flute player. It also shows his remarkable sense of style and form. Whether you hear Fauré's lovely Pavane or Van Leer's own Focus I and II, you will be thrilled by the whole conception and realisation of his music. A word of praise should be printed for Rogier van Otterloo, who wrote so many fine arrangements for Rita Reys and others and who came up this time (being a pianist and flute player himself) with truly lush orchestral backgrounds, in which a prominent part is played, or rather sung, by young soprano Letty de Jong.
So there it is: an LP featuring a still very young but unusually gifted performer named Thijs van Leer, whose name you're bound to hear many times in the future and whose kind of music should appeal to anyone with good ears and taste." [Liner Notes by Willem Duys]
|Thijs Van Leer Today|
In 2008 Explore Multimedia released van Leer’s first solo album in nearly a decade, The Home Concert. The album featured recordings made in his living room as he played material for Focus 9. The album is exclusively available via the internet, and at concerts. (extract from bach-cantatas.com)
Even if you are not a fan of Classical Music, you should still give these Introspection albums a chance - you might be surprised at your reaction when you listen to them. If there is a big enough interest shown in these albums, I will consider posting the other two in the series in the near future.
01. Pavane, Op. 50 (Fauré)
02. Rondo (v.Otterloo)
03. Agnus Dei (Bach)
04. Focus I (v.Leer)
05. Erbarme dich (Bach)
06. Focus II (v.Leer)
07. Introspection (v.Otterloo)
* Label says 1972, cover says 1973.
** Blue coloured CBS label (instead of standard Orange)
01. Goyescas No. IV (Enrique Granados)
02. Rondo II (Van Otterloo)
03. Introduction (Domenico Cimarosa)
04. Siciliano (Bach)
05. Focus III (Van Leer)
06. Larghetto & allegro (Händel)
07. Introspection II (Van Otterloo)
Introspection 1 & 2 Link (395Mb)