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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Adès - "Three-Piece Suite From »Powder Her Face« (hr-sinf. cond. Nicholas Collon)" [Classical]

Three-Piece Suite From »Powder Her Face« (hr-sinf. cond. Nicholas Collon)

"Three-Piece Suite From »Powder Her Face« (hr-sinf. cond. Nicholas Collon)" music video by Adès
Added: 12-12-2019
Genre : Classical
Description : Adès: Three-piece Suite from »Powder Her Face« - hr-Sinfonieorchester - Nicholas Collon

Thomas Adès:
Three-piece Suite from »Powder Her Face« (Suite No. 1) 

I. Ouverture 
II. Waltz 
III. Finale 

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony 
Nicholas Collon, Dirigent 

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt, 29. November 2019 



Thomas Adès CBE (born 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor.

Powder Her Face, Op. 14 (1995), is a chamber opera in two acts by the British composer Thomas Adès, with an English libretto by Philip Hensher. The opera is 2 hours 20 minutes long. It was commissioned by the Almeida Opera, a part of London's Almeida Theatre, for performances at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

The subject of the opera is the "Dirty Duchess", Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual exploits were the stuff of scandal and gossip in Britain in 1963 during her divorce proceedings. The opera is explicit in its language and detail.

It was first performed on 1 July 1995 in Cheltenham, with Jill Gómez in the leading role. Reviews were generally good, but the opera became notorious for its musical depiction of fellatio: British radio station Classic FM considered it unsuitable for transmission.

The music of the sexually themed opera combines influences ranging from Alban Berg, Igor Stravinsky, and Benjamin Britten to Kurt Weill and the tangos of Ástor Piazzolla. Describing the overall impact of the libretto and the theatricality of the entire production, Alex Ross notes:

Hensher seized the opportunity to create the first onstage blow job in opera history, but he also twisted the story into something more generalised and expressionistic.

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