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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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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0032HKEMM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. TevotBerliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle22:22Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto: RingsThomas Adès/Anthony Marwood/Chamber Orchestra of Europe 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Concerto: PathsThomas Adès/Anthony Marwood/Chamber Orchestra of Europe10:44Album Only
Listen  4. Violin Concerto: RoundsThomas Adès/Anthony Marwood/Chamber Orchestra of Europe 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Three Studies After Couperin: Les AmusemensChamber Orchestra of Europe/Thomas Adès 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Three Studies After Couperin: Les Tours De Passe-PasseChamber Orchestra of Europe/Thomas Adès 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Three Studies After Couperin: L'Âme-En-PeineChamber Orchestra of Europe/Thomas Adès 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dances from Powder Her Face: OvertureThe National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Paul Daniel 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dances from Powder Her Face: WaltzThe National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Paul Daniel 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Dances from Powder Her Face: FinaleThe National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain/Paul Daniel 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Thomas Adès may not be the most prolific composer of his generation, but he is surely the most consistent and compelling, evidence of which comes in these live recordings of four works written over a three-year period from 2005.

Preoccupied with scale and tectonic motion, the 22-minute, single-span Tevot subjects the Berlin Philharmonic (for whom it was written in 2007) to near-primal forces, pulling and pushing it in sections and as a single, colossal entity into gravity-accelerated collisions that splinter and disrupt momentum before seamlessly re-configuring to resume an inexorable onward journey. Willingly subsumed within the Brucknerian tumult, the German band plays with utter conviction, long-time Adès champion Simon Rattle deftly scooping out startling detail while keeping a loose rein on the music’s elemental drive. The result is a magnificently muscular and nuanced reading that adroitly marries poetry to power.

The Violin Concerto from 2005 was recorded in London’s Barbican Centre in April 2007 and features the composer conducting soloist and dedicatee Anthony Marwood and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Scored for Beethovenian forces with two percussionists, it makes its first appearance on disc here, having originally been available as a download. Nimble, quicksilver and occasionally unstable outer movements orbit a saturnine centre which seethes and surges in clashing, overlapping cycles while slowly spinning off the centre of its sinewy axis.

The titles of the concerto – Concentric Paths – and its individual movements – Rings, Paths and Rounds – point to the swirling tensions of the piece. Counterbalancing the dark, perpetual thrust of the COE, Marwood etches an expressive melancholia into demanding solo violin lines that sear themselves into bright relief against the constant turbulence of a storm-grey, lighting-scarred mass.

From the same concert, the Three Studies from Couperin (2006) map keyboard pieces with improvisatory glee, each employing the same harmonies and rhythms as its original within an identical timeframe. They prompt a buoyant, dancing lightness of touch from the COE that is wholly appropriate. And to close, the glittering, jazz-scented Overture, twinkling Waltz and drunken Finale from the opera Powder Her Face are a gift to the youthful knowingness of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Paul Daniel’s lightly handled baton. --Michael Quinn

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2010
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Thomas Ades seems to get rave reviews and barbed insults from critics in equal measure: often for the same piece - read the reviews for Powder her Face. The line seems to veer between, "greatest since Britten" and "too clever by half". Some critics abroad resent the "next Britten" tag that some British critics are keen to label Ades as.

I suspect that the critics in the latter category will feel much happier with this compilation of more recent works. They show less of his youthful talent for parody and shock combined with technical prowess - admittedly the Powder her Face Suite is another dose of that. They'll be happier with growing signs of musical middle aged spread. The prime example here is the so called "masterpiece" Tevot. Ades has moved to a more weighty orchestration here, less concerned with parody and quotation. Indeed Tevot sounds positively late romantic at times, particularly towards its conclusion with its rocking, cradling theme and affirmative conclusion.

Don't get too carried away with the praise it's had, saying it's like nothing ever heard before. That's plainly not so but it is none the worse for that. It is a magnificent work lasting about 22 minutes and it leaves me at least craving for more. The description of the work symbolising some large vessel carrying its load in outer space isn't too helpful: it's not Star Trek music. I think Ades might have thought of the title and the description after writing the music. You can consider either as a symphonic poem or a very well constructed one movement symphony. The analogy of a vessel safely carrying the earth's load makes me wonder whether Ades possibly wrote this as a follow up to Asyla where the safe haven seems anything but.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seoulprovider on 18 Mar. 2013
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I bought this for Tevot which I heard on BBC Radio 3 - and it was this very recording from Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic that was aired. Tevot is a kind of a round, themes are repeated, augmented and grow in strength and power. Brass and percussion feature heavily - and passages in the woodwind remind me of Janacek at times. Ades divides critics and listeners in equal measure - but I really enjoy listening to this disc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2011
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This disc of works by Thomas Adès raises more questions than it answers. Although there is a lot to enjoy in the disc, there are also warning signs of his talent being spread too thinly.

Exhibit A is Tevot, where Adès seems to have responded to a commission from the Berlin Philharmonic by producing a very fashionable slice of concert-house stodge. Short of music but very long on thick orchestration, this is bound to be lapped up by orchestras, and sounds suspiciously like the latter works of John Adams, who does this sort of thing somewhat better. Tevot feels, at 22 minutes, rather long and portions of protracted scalewise motion seem laboured. It's not bad, but not great either.

The Violin Concerto shares some of Tevot's features: again, scalewise motion is too often employed, but the violin writing is very good, and the score more detailed and brilliant. Anthony Marwood on violin is excellent in a work where the writing for soloist calls for expression rather than technical fireworks. This is an accessible modern work and, while hardly cutting-edge, is a major draw of this disc.

My favourite works here are the Three Studies from Couperin. Set free from the need to produce his own musical material, Adès is able to function purely as a superb orchestrator, coaxing very lovely sounds out of the orchestration while taking an approach to the melodies that leaves one in no doubt that this is no longer a Medieval work. I was reminded of Tippett's Corelli Fantasia: the Couperin Studies have a very "English" feel that befits the supposed heir to Britten.

The final work is a reorchestration for larger forces of instrumental interludes from the opera Powder Her Face.
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Heard live on the South Bank and immediately went out to purchase. Will be interesting to compare to the two new versions of the Violin Concerto which have just come out.
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