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Composer: Adès, Thomas (b. 1971)

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Year of birth1971
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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BrnoPowder Her Face

Powder Her Face
Adès: Powder Her Face
Marko Ivanović; Tomáš Studený; Janáček Opera NTB

StockholmChopin, Adès

Chopin, Adès
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Jan Lisiecki; Jennifer Johnston; Mark Stone

New York CityDaniil Trifonov in recital

© Stefan Cohen
Berg, Prokofiev, Bartók, Copland, Messiaen, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Adams, Corigliano, Adès
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

LondonMarmen Quartet: Pre-concert Supper

Marmen Quartet: Pre-concert Supper
Beethoven, Adès, Haydn
Marmen Quartet

AmsterdamZTR Zaterdagmatinee: Adès conducts Adès

ZTR Zaterdagmatinee: Adès conducts Adès
Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Adès, Barry
Britten Sinfonia; Thomas Adès; Steven Isserlis; Nicolas Hodges
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Stravinsky’s Perséphone brought to life by Adès and Barry

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Glistening performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and combined forces under Thomas Adès bring to life Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with fiery premières of works by Adès himself and Gerald Barry.
****1
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Powder Her Face is gloriously kinky in Dublin

Mary Plazas (The Duchess) and Adrian Dwyer (Waiter) © Pat Redmond
Top accolades go to soprano Mary Plazas, whose Duchess was at once despicable for her sense of entitlement and her racist and anti-Semitic views, and heartbreakingly vulnerable with her realisation at the end that "the only people who were ever good to me were paid for it".
*****
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Balancing longueurs and invention

Hilary Hahn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra © Steve J Sherman
Three works performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin included few novel musical ideas relative to their lengths.
***11
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Adès' riveting The Exterminating Angel

Amanda Echalaz (Lucia de Nobile), Christian Van Horn (Julio) and Iestyn Davies (Francisco de Ávila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Adès opera resists explanation, and the ambiguity of the story drives much of its compelling nature. 
****1
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Veronika Eberle wows in Mendelssohn

Veronika Eberle © Felix Broede
This was the second of Bernard Haitink’s Barbican appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra mostly drawing on the Austro-German orchestral tradition in electric and efficient perfromances. 
****1
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