Review from the Clarinet & Saxophone Society Journal, Winter 2006.
In 2002, Ruud van Eeten won the Bernard Haitink award, and was appointed assistant conductor at the Limburg Symphony Orchestra for one year During the Steve Reich Festival in 2003, van Eeten was Guest Conductor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and in May 2004 made his debut as Assistant Conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the time of writing, van Eeten is composing a piece for cor anglais, bass saxophone and mezzo-soprano. Clearly, and especially for saxophonists, he is a man to watch.
A one-movement piece for conventional SATB saxophone quartet, Punctus Einz is dedicated to the excellent Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, members of which are drawn from the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. A sample clip of Punctus Einz, played beautifully by the Aurelia quartet, can be heard on the composer's website: www.ruudvaneeten.com Traditionally notated, tonal, and written with an awareness of how to get the best from a saxophone quartet, Punctus Einz belongs in the modern mainstream. At 70 bars long (2:41 on the website recording) it doesn't outstay its welcome, and can be recommended for social playing, or as an attractive short constituent item on a recital programme. The supplied score is at transposed pitch. Parts are clearly set, single-sided, with no page turns,
Congratulations to Warwick Music for making van Eeten's music available.