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Composer: Adès, Thomas (b. 1971)

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Year of birth1971
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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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

DundeeSøndergård and Benedetti

Adès, Gershwin, Marsalis
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Nicola Benedetti
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Not with a whimper but a bang

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Commendably fine playing from the LPO conducted by Thomas Adès, and with Kirill Gerstein as soloist, three less than familiar works throw up overwhelming volumes of energy.
****1
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Variations on brilliance: the ACO in Sydney

Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
The title of the latest programme by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is simply: Goldberg Variations. While Bernard Labadie’s ingenious arrangement of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string orchestra takes up all of the second half of the programme, the first half was no less interesting.
*****
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Musical polymath and nonpareil violinist share a Tanglewood afternoon

Thomas Adès © Hilary Scott
Teztlaff’s ability to bring freshness and an enchanted inner life to even the most trodden of musical works is unsurpassed.
****1
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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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