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Adès: The Tempest [Live]

Thomas Adès Audio CD
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Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès’s studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music, and read music at King's College, Cambridge. Between 1993 and 1995 he was Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, which association resulted in The Origin of the Harp (1994), and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Adès Store

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  • Performer: Simon Keenlyside, Cyndia Sieden, Ian Bostridge, Kate Royal, Philip Langridge, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Composer: Thomas Adès
  • Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0026FIR3E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Tempest, Act 1: Scene I: Hell Is EmptyThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene II: Oh FatherThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Kate Royal 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene II: Miranda - You Are My CareThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Kate Royal/Simon Keenlyside 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene II: What You Hvae Told MeThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Kate Royal 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Tempest, Act 1: Scene III: Fear. Fear To The SinnerThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Tempest, Act 1: Scene IV: Sorcerer DieThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Ian Bostridge 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene V: Sir? Have You Recovered Them?Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Tempest, Act 1, Scene V: Five Fathoms DeepThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Cyndia Sieden 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Tempest, Act 1: Scene VI: As i Sat WeepingThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Toby Spence/Kate Royal/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden 7:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I: Alive, AwakeThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I: I Had The Notion I FlewThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Stephen Richardson/David Cordier/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden/Donald Kaasch/Jonathan Summ 7:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Tempest, Act 2, Scene II: A Monster!Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Ian Bostridge/Jonathan Summers/Stephen Richardson/David Cordier/Graeme Danby/Donald Kaasch/ 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Tempest, Act 2, Scene II: Friends Don't Fear...Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Ian Bostridge/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Graeme Danby/Donald Kaasch/Jonathan Summers 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Tempest, Act 2, Scene II: We'll Find The PrinceThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Graeme Danby/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Philip Langridge/Simon Keenlyside 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Tempest, Act 2: Scene III: They Won't Find HimThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Stephen Richardson/David Cordier/Ian Bostridge 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Tempest, Act 2: Scene IV: What Was BeforeThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Toby Spence/Kate Royal/Simon Keenlyside 8:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene I: (Orchestral)Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene I: This WayThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Ian Bostridge/David Cordier/Stephen Richardson 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene II: Spirit Must I RightThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Graeme Danby 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene II: Fool. You've Tired Us OutThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Jonathan Summers/Philip Langridge/Graeme Danby/Donald Kaasch/Cyndia Sieden/Simon Keenlyside/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene II: Murder!Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Philip Langridge/Graeme Danby/Donald Kaasch/Jonathan Summers 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene II: Help Us!Thomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Philip Langridge/Donald Kaasch/Jonathan Summers/Graeme Danby/Cyndia Sieden/Simon Keenlyside 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene III: FatherThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Kate Royal/Toby Spence/Simon Keenlyside/Cyndia Sieden 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene III: Murder This ManThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Ian Bostridge/David Cordier/Stephen Richardson/Simon Keenlyside/Kate Royal/Cyndia Sieden 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene IV: QuietnessThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Simon Keenlyside/Donald Kaasch/Philip Langridge/Graeme Danby/Toby Spence 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene IV: How Good They AreThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Kate Royal/Toby Spence/Simon Keenlyside/Philip Langridge/Graeme Danby 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Tempest, Act 3, Scene IV: How ThingsThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Graeme Danby/Simon Keenlyside/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Jonathan Summers/Kate Royal/Philip Langridge/Cyndia Sieden/St 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Tempest, Act 3: Scene V: Who Was HereThomas Adès/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Cyndia Sieden/Ian Bostridge 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tempest Thomas Ades 16 Jun 2009
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This is a superb recording of a superb piece of 21st century music theatre. The recording was made during the 2007 revival of the piece at Covent Garden with largely the same cast as the premiere under the baton of the composer.

It is said that the prelude was scored days before the premiere in 2004, yet as with other outpourings of genius in the history of music the piece appears seamless and as one with the drama that follows.
There are sections that are mildly contrived: many commentators have remarked that the reconiliation quartet of the last act is strongly based on Beethoven's 'Mir ist so Wunderbar, both in style and form. Likewise the opening exchanges beween Miranda (Christine Rice) and Prospero (Simon Keenlyside) have a similarity to the father/daughter exchanges of Wotan/Brunnhilde.

Nevertheless this is a wonderful Tempest. The music that Ades weaves for
Caliban (Ian Bostridge) and his strange island, is truly mysterious and magical, and the Ariel (Cynthia Sieden), described by one reviewer as a "soprano on helium" is a truly original and entrancing sound which brings something new and original to the world of opera.

The music drama evolves powerfully. Although it is not based upon musical numbers, the action passes through a range of traditional forms which keep the listeners' ears focussed upon recognisable forms.

It could be argued that this piece is much more traditional opera, based upon 19th and 20th century models rather than avant garde, but as Peter Grimes did 50 years before, it levers itself firmly into the mainstram operatic repertoire and will surely be a work that stands the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last A Great Opera on The Tempest 8 Sep 2009
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Shakespeare's The Tempest has inspired many composers to write scene music of different kinds, so for example Purcell and Sibelius; Beethoven is said to have been motivated to compose his piano sonata, op.31, nr 2, by this enchanting as well as enchanted play. But no one has really succeeded in making an opera of high class from this romance drama, that has the best prerequisites to be transformed into a dramma di musica, as The Tempest certainly has. Thomas Adès's bold attempt is met with the highest expectations, and there is no doubt that this Shekaspearean opera will show up as one of the greatest and most successful operas of our time.
Adès has had the benefit of a tremendously skilful libretto, written by Meredith Oakes, that changes the blank verse into easily composed and easily sung short lines, often rhymed, and it is the strong cooperation between music and words that constitutes the overwhelming impression of this opera recording and is the basis of its success. Oakes and Adès have not been throughout bound by Shakespeare's plot and text. So, for instance, - and that is perhaps the most sensational change of structure in the whole opera -, does the opera not end with Prospero's farewell to Ariel (read: Shakespeare's farewell to dramatic art), but it is Caliban and Ariel that get the honour to finish the last scene, Caliban singing his almost heartbreaking farewell: "Who was here?/Have they disappeared?/Were there others?/Were we brothers?//They were human seeming/I was dreaming", accompanied by Ariel's call, fading in an etherical vocalizing. Whoever wishes to do so, can undoubtedly make a postcolonial interpretation of this ending, quite corresponding to recent tendencies in literary criticism. Is this a postcolonial opera? is it the first one?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 20 Feb 2011
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If you saw the opera at Covent Garden, this is a great souvenir. Ades' music is very approachable. Performance is knock-out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suppose you had to be there.. 26 Jun 2009
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First of all, I love Thomas Ades and own every recording available. I'm listening to this for the fourth time now and unfortunately I still feel the same, its all just a bit dull.. Don't get me wrong, its a beautifully crafted opera and the performance is very good, I'm just not feeling anything from it. Mr Ades always strives to do something different with every work he writes but this time he seems to have borrowed styles from Wagner to Strauss, Britten and more recently, and I have to say regrettably - Gerald Barry! in an attempt to make the ultimate Tempest as some of the great composers in the past have wanted to do. If only he had kept his more youthfull, inventive approach like in "Powder her Face where he keeps you gripped and surprised from start to finish, with his incredible imagination and ability to stretch an orchestra to its limits. But instead he seems to have matured a bit too early and wrote music that traditionalists and old school critics will love.
The style is in the late romantic mode and the scenes a sang as one long aria without any motifs and with tonal orchestration blending behind the melodic sang words. (and there are alot of words!) The highlights for me are the preludes with the swirling chromatic lines interweaving against each other but these seem to set a scene for something else..
A lot of great works of art take time to effect you, so it may grow on me, but in the meantime I'll stick to Verdi's Macbeth or Falstaff.
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