Thomas Adès

Still Sorrowing - 1992

Piano Solo

Commissioned by the Park Lane Group with funds from the London Arts Board

Programme Notes

Following the example of Romantic piano pieces or Leider involving sentiments of loss, this piece presents its material in a series of refrains; the opening material acquires deeper resonances on each appearance, revealing itself in a transfiguration at the very end. This aspect of the piece, a recurrent ache, is reflected in the title, as in an allusion to the Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland, whose ?Semper Dowland semper dolens? occasionally informs the harmonic and timbral world of this piece. The central range of the piano is dampened until the coda, when a certain expressive veil is finally lifted. The broad structure of the piece is also hollow-centered: two large ?wings?, each essentially describing a number of descending arcs, separated by a silence.

Recordings

Past Performances

  • January 11 1993
    Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
  • April 18 1994
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Valdine Anderson
  • December 5 1994
    Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • January 26 1995
    Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • August 23 1995
    Zellerbach Hall, University of CA, Berkeley, USA
    Berkeley Symphony, Kent Nagano
  • January 6 1997
    Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Roderick Chadwick
  • June 13 1997
    Third Wraysbury Festival, St Peter's Church, Staines, United Kingdom
    Roderick Chadwick
  • February 11 1998
    Guesten Hall, Bromsgrove Hall, United Kingdom
    Rolf Hind
  • May 25 1998
    Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • January 6 1999
    Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Stephen de Pledge
  • March 7 1999
    Helsinki Festival, Sibelius Academy, Finland
  • October 2 1999
    Miller Theatre, Columbia University, USA
    Locrian Chamber Players
  • October 22 1999
    Pianoworks, Blackheath Concert Halls, United Kingdom
    Frederic Chiu
  • September 19 2000
    Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, Pasadena, USA
    Gloria Cheng
  • November 10 2000
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University School of Music, Evanston, USA
    Gloria Cheng
  • November 10-11 2000
    Musikhost 2000, Odense, Denmark
    Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Huw Rhys James, New Hellenic Quartet, Nimrod Opera
  • November 12 2000
    Buntrock Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, USA
    Gloria Cheng
  • April 21 2001
    Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
  • July 20 2001
    Festival Tent, Bridgehampton, USA
    Gloria Cheng
  • February 10 2002
    Presences Festival, Paris, France
    Arditti Quartet
  • April 19 2002
    Arnold Schoenberg Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Chamber Domaine
  • May 29 2002
    Salle Cortot, Paris, France
    Ensemble Alternance, Jay Gottlieb
  • September 3 2005
    Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Sarah Nicolls
  • September 22-23 2005
    Klara Festival, Brussels, Belgium
    ReVerb, Sarah Nicolls
  • May 21 2006
    Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Philip Thomas
  • February 25 2007
    Présences Festival, Salle Olivier Messiaen, Paris, France
  • November 3-5 2009
    Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
    Baldur Brönnimann, Nicolas Hodges, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Rolf Hind, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • October 3 2012
    Salle de la Bourse, Strasbourg, France
    Divertimento, Sandro Gorli
  • November 26 2014
    St Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    Mei Yi Foo

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