Thomas Ades: In Seven Days; Nancarrow Studies / Nicholas Hodges, piano

Audio Samples

>Adès, Thomas : In Seven Days, for piano & orchestra with moving image
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 6
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 7
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc

Album Summary

>Adès, Thomas : In Seven Days, for piano & orchestra with moving image
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 6
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 7
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Thomas Adès' take on the Biblical creation-myth in the seven-part "video-ballet" In Seven Days focuses on processes rather than things, shifting from the rising string motif, clotted piano and woodwind, and epic horns of "Chaos - Light - Dark", through successive hierarchies of order to the calm satisfaction of "Contemplation"...It's as absorbing as always with Adès" -The Independent

"Like alchemists, Adès and Rosner transform basic elements into a glittering wonder...all is exuberance as blobs dance, circles pulse and spindles multiply into an emerald jungle, in perfect time to the mounting waves of Adès’s score. An exciting creation about creation: that’s In Seven Days...Bold and delightful, this release would make an admirable gift for a discerning Christmas stocking." -The Times

The London Sinfonietta combine two works from Thomas Adès, one of the most distinctive and popular voices in modern composition. Both works feature accompanying films (by Tal Rosner and Sophie Clements) that are included in this CD/DVD set. This is the second CD for the London Sinfonietta with Signum. It follows their October release of music by Louis Andriessen, featuring the UK premiere of Anaïs Nin, alongside his famed work De Staat.

In Seven Days is a musical interpretation for piano and orchestra of the biblical 'creation' by Thomas Adès, composed in collaboration with a film-piece by the artist and filmmaker Tal Rosner. Both music and film evoke the processes of the creation rather than the objects described in the movement titles, using simple elements in repeated and evolving contexts in a perpetual state of flux, change and growth.

The Piano Studies Nos 6 & 7 are arrangements of player-piano works by the American composer Conlon Nancarrow. An influential figure to generations of composers, Nancarrow's studies for the player-piano (or pianola) allowed him to generate music of extreme rhythmic complexity in a multitude of inventive ways. These arrangements for two pianos by Thomas Adès capture the strange magic of the originals, where fragmented musical ideas are played off against each other in a wild, almost jazz-like way. The works are accompanied by film-visualizations by Tal Rosner and Sophie Clements.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Ades's arrangements of these pieces are outstanding, and his performance with Rolf Hind is sobering. I would love to see these two collaborate on more of these studies. All told, an exceptional release.



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Works Details

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : In Seven Days, for piano & orchestra with moving image
  • Performer: Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 28 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 6
  • Performers: Thomas Adès (Piano); Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 7
  • Performers: Thomas Adès (Piano); Rolf Hind (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc