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Sola

composer
2000

 
Thomas Adès—who has described himself as ‘a Baroque composer living in the twenty-first century’—composed his Sola on a single night in 2000. The piece is a response to his great cellist friend Zoë Martlew, who had announced that she couldn’t after all spend that evening with Thomas as planned, because she had to practise. In one of the more creative acts of remonstration in musical history, Thomas sat down, wrote this short piece and sent it to Zoë, giving her quite a surprise as it arrived through her fax machine. A series of chords, representing his reproving voice, fail to dissuade the cellist from playing her scales. The dispute is finally resolved, thankfully, in the form of a pizzicato C major cadence—all’s well that ends well.

from notes by Steven Isserlis © 2021

Recordings

British solo cello music
Studio Master: CDA68373RECORD OF THE MONTH NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 30 on CDA68373 [2'11] RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW

Track-specific metadata for CDA68373 track 30

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-21-37330
Duration
2'11
Recording date
18 August 2020
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Rachel Smith
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. British solo cello music (CDA68373)
    Disc 1 Track 30
    Release date: October 2021
    RECORD OF THE MONTH NEW
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