Ades: Anthology / Piano Quintet; Living Toys; Violin Concerto; Chamber Sym., et al.

Audio Samples

>Adès, Thomas : Powder Her Face, concert paraphrase for piano
>Adès, Thomas : Mazurkas (3) for piano
>Adès, Thomas : Arcadiana, for string quartet, Op. 12
>Adès, Thomas : Piano Quintet
>Adès, Thomas : Chamber Symphony, Op. 2
>Adès, Thomas : Living Toys, for chamber orchestra, Op. 9
>Adès, Thomas : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
>Adès, Thomas : These Premises Are Alarmed, for orchestra, Op. 16
>Adès, Thomas : Concerto for Violin ("Concentric Paths")

Album Summary

>Adès, Thomas : Powder Her Face, concert paraphrase for piano
>Adès, Thomas : Mazurkas (3) for piano
>Adès, Thomas : Arcadiana, for string quartet, Op. 12
>Adès, Thomas : Piano Quintet
>Adès, Thomas : Chamber Symphony, Op. 2
>Adès, Thomas : Living Toys, for chamber orchestra, Op. 9
>Adès, Thomas : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
>Adès, Thomas : These Premises Are Alarmed, for orchestra, Op. 16
>Adès, Thomas : Concerto for Violin ("Concentric Paths")
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Thomas Adès has come a long way since his early days as a wunderkind of the classical new music scene. Now turning 40 this year, the composer/conductor/pianist stands, in the words of The New Yorker, as "one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music." To celebrate his birthday, EMI Classics is releasing a 2-CD retrospective of his works thus far, along with two new world premiere recordings with the composer as solo pianist performing his three Mazurkas and his Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face.

Adès has received great attention the past year, with Musical America crowning him Composer of the Year, and both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall dedicating mini-festivals to his works. It is the mix of integrity and accessibility, along with a deep humanity flecked with a wicked sense of humor, that make his output so compelling.

Showcasing various themes of Adés' work, from operatic and orchestral works to chamber, vocal and solo pieces, this 2-CD set makes a for perfect introduction the composer and his music.

"This is essential Adès, impeccably performed, for those wanting to survey the oeuvre in all its quixotic variety." -The Observer



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Works Details

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Powder Her Face, concert paraphrase for piano
  • Performer: Thomas Adès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Mazurkas (3) for piano
  • Performer: Thomas Adès (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Arcadiana, for string quartet, Op. 12
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1994

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Piano Quintet
  • Performer: Thomas Adès (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings, Suffolk (07/03/2002-07/04/2002)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2000

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Chamber Symphony, Op. 2
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England (10/25/1998-10/26/1998)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Living Toys, for chamber orchestra, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1993.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : America (a prophecy), for soprano & large orchestra (optional large chorus), Op. 19
  • Performer: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998-1999

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : These Premises Are Alarmed, for orchestra, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Thomas Adès (Conductor/Composer) (1971 - ) : Concerto for Violin ("Concentric Paths")
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Thomas Adès
  • Running Time: 20 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005