Thijs van Leer – Introspection / Introspection 2

2 on 1 CD – £9.99
Catalog No. BGOCD589
Introspection / Introspection 2 by Thijs van Leer (1972 / 1974)
Originally released in 1972 and 1974 respectively on the CBS record label
Thijs van Leer could have been a concert pianist born in March 1948, he started studying seriously when he was three years old. When he was thirteen, he became interested in jazz. Van Leer Senior, however, was not very happy to see a possible Mozart gradually becoming a probable Bill Evans, and being an extraordinary flute player himself, he started to teach young Thijs the intricacies of this old and difficult instrument
Meanwhile, the musical prodigy did very well in school, finishing his Gymnasium-studies in record time. He was then discovered by Willem Duys, the ensuing recording session resulting in a single. Duys 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
Success came when he formed his own group with the equally talented Jan Akkerman, a guitar player of great virtuosity. The group, called Focus, won prizes all over Europe, including the 1971 Edison Award, and also became top-selling record makers

Introspection was Thijs van Leers first solo LP. 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. Also featured is Rogier van Otterloo, who came up with the truly lush orchestral backgrounds in which a prominent part is played, or rather sung, by soprano Letty de Jong

Also available on BGO Records: (Jan Akkerman) BGOCD490 Profile


  1. Introspection:Pavane, Op. 50
  2. Rondo
  3. Agnus Dei from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
  4. Focus I
  5. Erbarme Dich from St Matthew
    Passion BWV 244
  6. Focus II
  7. Introspection

    Introspection 2:Goyescas No IV (Quejas — la Maja y el Rulsenor)

  8. Rondo II
  9. Introduction
  10. Siciliano
  11. Focus III Larghetto &
  12. Introspection II
  13. Sheep May Safely Graze
  14. Mild Wild Rose - Bist Du Bei Mir
  15. Carmen Elysium

More music from Thijs van Leer:

  1. Introspection 3 – Thijs van Leer
    Introspection 3
    Single CD BGOCD981