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Debut Ades: Life Story, Catch, Darknesse Visible, Etc


Release Date: 06/10/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 69699   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Anthony MarwoodLynsey MarshThomas AdèsLouise Hopkins,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With this first CD as part of an exclusive contract with EMI, Thomas Adès emerges as an adventurous young composer and one of the brightest talents to come along in years. 'Catch' involves a group of instruments--violin, cello, and piano--that attempts to lure a lone clarinet to join them. With cajoling sighs from the violin, a percussive insistence from the piano, and alluring, low-register "calls" from the cello, this fetching work is a modern classic. Three solo piano works make up the heart of this program: 'Darkness Visible,' a haunting work that employs a wide array of piano sonorities; 'Still Sorrowing,' an eerie piece due to a strip of Blu-Tac applied to the central range of the piano's strings; and 'Traced Overhead,' a work so Read more full of skittering arabesques that Chopin might have written it had he lived in the late 20th century. 'Five Eliot Landscapes' for soprano and piano is performed with a disquieting intensity by Valdine Anderson. Perhaps the highlight of this collection is 'Life Story,' in which the soprano Mary Carewe applies a sultry, Billie Holiday-like technique to this rather disturbing piece of pillow chat by Tennessee Williams. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Catch, Op. 4 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin), Lynsey Marsh (Clarinet), Thomas Adès (Piano),
Louise Hopkins (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Darknesse Visible by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Still Sorrowing, Op. 7 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1992 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Under Hamelin Hill, Op. 6 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Stephen Farr (Chamber Organ), Thomas Adès (Chamber Organ), David Goode (Chamber Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Five Eliot Landscapes, Op. 1 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Valdine Anderson (Soprano), Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Traced Overhead, Op. 15 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Life Story, Op. 8b by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Mary Carewe (Soprano), Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Transcribed: Thomas Adès 

Sound Samples

Catch Op. 4
Darknesse visible
Still sorrowing Op. 7
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Preambulum (2 hands)
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Fuga (2-6 hands)
Under Hamelin Hill Op. 6: Arietta (2 hands)
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: I. New Hampshire
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: II. Virginia
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: III. Usk
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: IV. Rannoch, by Glencoe
Five Eliot Landscapes Op. 1: V. Cape Ann
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Sursum
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Aetheria
Traced overhead Op. 15 (1990): Chori
Life story Op. 8b (1990)

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