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'A series of conversations between Tom Service and Thomas Ades that are as magnetic as they are argumentative ... There is a winning petulance to the encounter, which Service as editor has done well to leave unexpurgated ... Childish, philosophical, witty, exasperating, noisy, calm, Service shows us the full gamut of opinion, passion and precision driving one of our most engaging talents. It is a great battle of wills and provokes an unapologetically complex book.' --Classical Music Magazine
'Thomas Adès is one of this country s most brilliant and inventive composers, and in Full of Noises he shares his thoughts with a leading music journalist. Driving the book is the passionate intensity with which Adès thinks about his art, which leads to some entertainingly acerbic views on his fellow composers. But as well as this knockabout stuff, there are fascinating explorations of the mysterious, organic process of composition and his admiration for Beethoven.' --Adam Lively, Sunday Times Books of the Year
Far from looking to establish his position at the forefront of any kind of fashionable aesthetic doctrine, Ades speaks only for himself and here offers rare insights into his compositional method...it all makes for engaging exchanges in a book that is rich in musical metaphors, as two articulate minds discuss, reveal and at times compete over what, for now, interests them most. --BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
This is not about competing composers; rather it is about what the enthusiastic, probing and tenacious Tom Service, such a popular host these days on BBC Radio 3, has elicited from Ades, a notably enigmatic and reclusive man. Service has in fact secured some very interesting responses, some illuminating, some wacky, and all adding up to a portrait of Ades that is revealing, very personal and sometimes difficult to come to terms with...recommended for its potential controversy. --Gramophone, January 2013
Thomas Adès: Full of Noises: Conversations with Tom Service is an unprecedented glimpse into the creative mind and influences of one of the most intriguing and successful contemporary composers.See all Product Description