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  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Composer: Thomas Adès
  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B005G6G5HK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digital Booklet: Ades: Anthology
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EMI Classics celebrates Thomas Adés' 40th birthday and 15th year recording with the label with a two-CD collection. This anthology is designed to tell the unparalleled young composers story thus far. The release will feature the world premiere recordings of two new solo piano works: Mazurkas and Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face, with Adés at the keyboard.

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This was a quick way of getting to hear who Adés is musically. Furthermore, on hearing it I was most impressed! I'd only heard the Adès Asyla: Chamber and Orchestral Works before, a gift from my brother many years ago - probably also from Amazon!

This compilation (or anthology) is really packed with exciting music. Some of my favourites are the "Chamber Symphony" and "Living Toys", with a quite superfluous trumpet solo in it, something one would normally find on a Gil Evans arrangement. But all the music - to my ears - is really exciting. The pieces I mentioned would seem quite 'jazz' orientated works - to give you an idea of the style. But saying that there are other gems here such as the Piano Quintet which ranges from delicate modern melodic music to more harsh dissonant sounds, great stuff!

One of the small complaints is that the booklet that accompanies the CDs isn't that useful. It does have all the basic information, an interview and a short bibliographic essay. However, I think if you mix up all this music (EMI) it could be useful to explain a little more, and give us details of the musicians involved?

Apart from that I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone curious to discover either contemporary (classical) music, or just curious to hear something of Thomas Adés.
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Well done EMI for its commitment to Thomas Ades. These discs make a very satisfying survey of his work to date. The first disc includes some recent, previously-unrecorded pieces for solo piano, and these are warmly and fully recorded without the slightly recessed sound of earlier pieces on the 'Life Story' disc. Personally I'd like to have seen 'Asyla' included amongst the orchestral music on the second disc - maybe the Berlin version, currently only on DVD - but every listener is likely to have different preferences among Ades' phenomenal output, and the selection here charts his development as a composer very effectively.

I look forward to recordings of 'Court Studies', 'In Seven Days', 'Lieux Retrouves' and 'Four Quarters'!!
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HASH(0x9a0c7dbc) out of 5 stars More proof that Ades is a brilliant composer. 18 Nov. 2011
By Frank Ettenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ades:Anthology - recently issued in September 2011 - offers a choice of substantial pieces from the early 90's to the beginning of 2000s that haven't been offered before - which hold up beautifully together, throughout the entire selection. A small disappointment is the inclusion of the Violin Concerto which has already appeared. I bought the 2 CDs in MP3 version for a ridiculously cheap price ( $9.49 )which really is astonishing considering the depth and complexity of this music and how beautifully it is played and recorded. Particularly powerful is the first movement of the Piano Quintet and a portion of Ades' Concert Paraphrase for piano,specifically Part II, which is the composer himself playing with combined passion and precision. This music is highly complex, sometimes dense, and offers a sort of English equivalent of our John Adams'intellectual yet thoroughly intuited creativity. Ades is endlessly researching English and Continental Classical and Popular styles and has a way of putting fragments of what he's heard throughout most of his compositions. Despite the tonal and metrical complexity, there's always intense drama and humor lurking, that rushes forth at odd, unforeseeable moments. There is a sense of mimicry of animal sounds as well as all sorts of mechanical noises, that are still delivered to us via standard musical notation and ensemble or solo playing. Judging from the spiritedness of these performances, it's obvious that Ades has had a profoundly good influence upon the musicians who mostly come from the city of Birmingham, UK. If you find this music taxing or too nervous, I urge you to listen again, because you will hear it differently the 2nd time and so on into the present moment. I encourage you to go back the few years before the genus of the composer's first CD's - to these earlier works, which in my opinion are full-blown opuses in the composers oeuvre.Ades: Anthology
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HASH(0x9a120e70) out of 5 stars Accessible modern music 3 Aug. 2014
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Intriguing and charming pieces well played. Easier to hear on the recording than in live performance.
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