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The Twenty-Fifth Hour - The Chamber Music of Thomas Ades

Ades / Calder Quartet / Ades
Release Date: 04/14/2015 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 413   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles based string quartet The Calder Quartet releases an album of works by Thomas Adès, including the British composer’s first ever work for string quartet, Arcadiana; The Four Quarters (World Premiere Recording) and Ade?s’s single movement Piano Quintet with Adès himself at the piano.

"***** A series of ingenious and alluring snapshots. The Calder Quartet perform all three with energy and sensitivity. Highly recommended." – Financial Times
Los Angeles based string quartet The Calder Quartet releases an album of works by Thomas Adès, including the British composer’s first ever work for string quartet, Arcadiana; The Four Quarters (World Premiere Recording) and Ade?s’s single movement Piano Quintet with Adès himself at the piano.

"***** A series of ingenious and alluring snapshots. The Calder Quartet perform all three with energy and sensitivity. Highly recommended." – Financial Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Strings by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
The Four Quarters, for string quartet by Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Arcadiana, Op. 12 by Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Classic Chamber Works June 4, 2015 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Since its premiere at the Cambridge Elgar Festival in 1994 Thomas Ades’ Arcadiana has become a standard of the string quartet literature. I’ve heard and enjoyed the Endellion Quartet (who performed the premiere) on Warner Classics, and the Signum Quartet on Capriccio, and there are other performances you can listen to on YouTube. It’s such an appealing and interesting piece, and so well played by the Calder Quartet on this new Signum Records disc. Ades quotes Mozart, Schubert and Elgar in some of the characteristic pieces that make up the suite, and I swear I heard a bit of Ravel’s Introduction & Allegro in the first Venetian gondola movement. But all of this music has the distinctive sound of Ades, which I find so appealing. This disc also includes two more recent works: the Piano Quintet from 2001, and the world premiere recording of The Four Quarters from 2011. The latter work is an extension of the sound world of Arcadiana, though it has its own programme, and is more complex rhythmically. It’s just as appealing as the earlier work, though, and should have its own popularity on the concert stage and in recordings in the coming years. The Piano Quintet is often angular and forceful, and when things quieten down, there’s an instability to the music that’s a bit unsettling. The composer himself plays the piano part, so one feels the authenticity of the performance. Indeed, we are in good hands throughout this excellent program." Report Abuse
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