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Thomas Adès: America - A Prophecy

Audio Samples

>Adès, Thomas : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
>Adès, Thomas : The Fayrfax Carol
>Adès, Thomas : Fool's Rhymes, for chorus, harp, prepared piano, organ & percussion, Op. 5
>Adès, Thomas : January Writ, for chorus & organ
>Adès, Thomas : O thou who didst with pitfall and with gin, for male chorus, Op. 3a
>Adès, Thomas : The Lover in Winter, song cycle for countertenor & piano
>Adès, Thomas : Life Story, Op. 8b
>Christopher Foreman / Cat : Cardiac Arrest
>Couperin, François : Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
>Adès, Thomas : Brahms, for baritone & orchestra, Op. 21

Album Summary

>Adès, Thomas : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
>Adès, Thomas : The Fayrfax Carol
>Adès, Thomas : Fool's Rhymes, for chorus, harp, prepared piano, organ & percussion, Op. 5
>Adès, Thomas : January Writ, for chorus & organ
>Adès, Thomas : O thou who didst with pitfall and with gin, for male chorus, Op. 3a
>Adès, Thomas : The Lover in Winter, song cycle for countertenor & piano
>Adès, Thomas : Life Story, Op. 8b
>Christopher Foreman / Cat : Cardiac Arrest
>Couperin, François : Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
>Adès, Thomas : Brahms, for baritone & orchestra, Op. 21
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The music of Thomas Adès taps into the spirit of our restless times with unquiet brilliance and an uncompromising vigour evident throughout this survey of works written in the 1990s. From the wild 'orchestration' of a Madness song (Cardiac Arrest) to his alarmingly prescient vision of a country laid waste (America), via French Baroque manners (Les Baricades Misterieuses) and a diatribe against a grand old man (Brahms), Adès is ever his own man.



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>Adès, Thomas : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
  • Performer: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998-1999

>Adès, Thomas : The Fayrfax Carol
  • Performers: Tom Poster (Piano); Hugh Webb (Harp)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (02/07/2003-02/08/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1997

>Adès, Thomas : Fool's Rhymes, for chorus, harp, prepared piano, organ & percussion, Op. 5
  • Performers: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ); Tom Poster (Piano); Richard Benjafield (Percussion); Hugh Webb (Harp)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (02/07/2003-02/08/2003)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Adès, Thomas : January Writ, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Hugh Webb (Harp); Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (02/07/2003-02/08/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Adès, Thomas : O thou who didst with pitfall and with gin, for male chorus, Op. 3a
  • Performers: Hugh Webb (Harp); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (02/07/2003-02/08/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Adès, Thomas : The Lover in Winter, song cycle for countertenor & piano
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Huw Watkins (Piano)
  • Notes: LSO St. Luke's, London (06/26/2003); LSO St. Luke's, London (10/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Adès, Thomas : Life Story, Op. 8b
  • Performer: Claron McFadden (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Ensemble: Composers Ensemble
  • Notes: LSO St. Luke's, London (06/26/2003); LSO St. Luke's, London (10/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Christopher Foreman / Cat : Cardiac Arrest
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Ensemble: Composers Ensemble
  • Notes: LSO St. Luke's, London (06/26/2003); LSO St. Luke's, London (10/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1981

>Couperin, François : Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Ensemble: Composers Ensemble
  • Notes: LSO St. Luke's, London (06/26/2003); LSO St. Luke's, London (10/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1716-1717

>Adès, Thomas : Brahms, for baritone & orchestra, Op. 21
  • Performer: Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001