Composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Ades has been described by The New York Times as ?among the most accomplished all-round musicians of his generation.? His ?Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face? reflects the glamor of the opera?s subject in the grand manner of Liszt or Busoni, while ?Still Sorrowing? and ?Darknesse Visible? explore John Dowland?s haunting lute works. Heard here in its world premiere recording, competition piece ?Blanca Variations? is lyrical and flowing in character, and ?Traced Overhead? is a vivid description of ascent and flight. Ades captures and transforms Polish style in his ?Mazurkas,? and the spirit of Satie and Ravel in a ?Souvenir? from the film ?Colette.?