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Programme Notes

Initiated by the Viola Commissioning Circle, for Lawrence Power, this set of Three Berceuses was arranged for viola and piano by Thomas Adès from his opera The Exterminating Angel.  They are based on some of the opera’s most exquisite and memorable music – the first two drawing on the yearning melancholy duets of the doomed lovers Beatriz and Eduardo, the last a version of Silvia’s eerie berceuse macabre from Act III, in which she cradles a dead lamb, thinking she is rocking her son to sleep (‘It’s very late now, Yoli, it’s bedtime’).

Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel

John Innes Centre (Norwich, United Kingdom)

Lawrence Power, Huw Watkins

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Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel

St James's Church, Piccadilly (London, United Kingdom)

Gamal Khamis, Luba Tunnicliffe

Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford-Phillips

Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel

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Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom)

Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford-Phillips

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Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel

No Venue (Germany)

Lawrence Power, Antti Siirala