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Composer: Adès, Thomas (b. 1971)

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Year of birth1971
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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LondonAdès conducts In Seven Days

Adès conducts In Seven Days
Stravinsky, Adès, Lutosławski
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein

LondonLate Style – Imogen Cooper

© Sussie Ahlburg
Haydn, Adès, Beethoven, Schubert
Imogen Cooper, Piano

BaltimoreImogen Cooper, piano

Imogen Cooper, piano
Haydn, Adès, Beethoven, Schubert
Imogen Cooper, Piano

LondonOld Bones – Aurora Orchestra with Iestyn Davies

© Simon Weir
Satie, Adès, Debussy, Muhly, Dowland, Brahms
Iestyn Davies; Sally Pryce; Principal Players of Aurora Orchestra

BudapestAdés / Rachmaninov / Beethoven / Bogányi / Engegård

Adès, Rachmaninov, Beethoven
Concerto Budapest; Arvid Engegård; Gergely Boganyi
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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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