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Ades: Tevot, Violin Concerto, Couperin Dances

Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 57813  
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Anthony Marwood
Conductor:  Simon RattleThomas AdèsPaul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraChamber Orchestra of EuropeNational Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

World premiere release of four of Thomas Adès’ new works recorded live, partly conducted by the composer himself, and, in the case of Tevot, by Sir Simon Rattle with the BPO.

“One of the most accomplished and complete musicians of his generation.” – The New York Times on Thomas Adès, June 2005

Distance, deception and enchantment are all qualities of Thomas Adès's music that have become ever more apparent in the last decade. These four recordings survey that period, and each take the listener on their own journeys, from intimate Couperin recompositions to the most spacious orchestral recreation of the Ark.

Tevot was commissioned by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker and the
Read more Carnegie Hall Corporation. The work was premiered by the BPO and Sir Simon Rattle at the Philharmonie in Berlin in February 2007 and received its US premiere, also with BPO and Rattle, at Carnegie Hall in November 2007.

To Sir Simon Rattle, Adès “may be the most extravagantly gifted of (young UK composers)” and he and the BPO programme his works frequently. Adès’ work Asyla was even chosen by Rattle and the orchestra for his inaugural concert with the BPO in 2002.

“Tevot” means “arks” in Hebrew but another meaning is also “bars in a piece of music.” In a The Guardian interview with Tom Service Ades said: “I liked the idea that the bars of the music were carrying the notes as a sort of family through the piece. And they do, because without bars, you'd have musical chaos. But I was thinking about the ark, the vessel, in the piece as the earth. (…) It sounds a bit colossal, but it's the idea of the ship of the world." Adès continued: "I was thinking, writing for the Berlin Phil, that what you have is one huge organism made up of hundreds of brilliant individual players. They move together; they play with their bodies, especially in the case of the horn section. They're like paragliders, or people who have just jumped off a cliff wearing a bit of rope. They're very fearless, and they have to be. Watching the orchestra play Tevot feels a bit like watching people on a boat, as the music's being thrown from one side of the orchestra and smashing into the other side, almost as if it's going to capsize - but I don't think it does." It doesn't, especially with Rattle at the helm. "He has an almost supernatural ability to know what my music is and how to produce it in the orchestra," Adès said.

Adès’s first opera Powder Her Face (1995) has been performed all round the world to great critical acclaim. Adès has since composed an orchestral suite based on it featured on this album.

Since the release of Adès’ opera The Tempest on EMI Classics in June 2009, the recording has gathered attention on a global scale. In France, the disc was recently awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’année. Reviews in general have been glowing with praise and the album was a ‘Critic’s Choice’ pick in US publication Opera News.

Critical acclaim for the Tevot premiere by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle: “Of any piece of new music I've heard at its premiere, this is one of the most immediately, richly powerful." – Tom Service, The Guardian, 2007

Critical acclaim for the Violin Concerto premiere with Anthony Marwood and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès: “In 20 minutes and three movements - 'Rings', 'Paths' and 'Rounds' (two fast, one slow) - Ades manages to digest all kinds of music; in particular, the ghosts of Mahler, Berg and Shostakovich seem to be floating around, while violinist Anthony Marwood weaves high melodic lines with astonishing dexterity and passion.” (…)It is a work of astonishing fearlessness and fierce beauty.” – Peter Culshaw, The Observer, 2008
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Works on This Recording

Tevot by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2007 
Concerto for Violin "Concentric Paths" by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Anthony Marwood (Violin)
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005 
Studies (3) after Couperin by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Powder Her Face, Op. 14: Overture, Waltz and Finale by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2007 

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