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Debut - Ades: Living Toys, Etc / Ades, Clark, Cleobury


Release Date: 06/02/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72271   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas AdèsAndrew [French Horn] ClarkMichael NiesemannRobert Quinney
Conductor:  Markus StenzStephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaEndellion String QuartetCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arresting from the first bar, it reveals a freshness of vision - magnificent.

Composer and pianist Thomas Ades - blessed with 'a dangerous amount of talent', as Simon Rattle has said - is hardly on the brink of a major career: it is in full flight. Although still in his twenties, he has received an embarrassing amount of praise as well as residencies, music directorships, commissions and international performances. Any quibbles over his second appearance in a series entitled 'Debut' are rendered meaningless by some of the stunning music on the CD Living Toys. The eponymous opening work has already become a classic. Arresting from the first bar, it reveals a freshness of vision and a determinedly new perspective on the
Read more music of the past that characterise Ades's work. The London Sinfonietta gives a thoroughly engaged performance that one cannot imagine being bettered.

The seven movements of Arcadiana - including an affectionate Elgar spoof called 'O Albion' - form a moving discourse on idylls of various illusory kinds, while the Sonata da cacc/a -imagined by Ades as 'an " hommage" to Debussy from Couperin' - reaffirms the composer's love of 18th-century music. The frail sonorities of the anthem Gefriolsae me round off a magnificent recording.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Living Toys, Op. 9 by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
2.
Arcadiana, Op. 12 by Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
3.
Sonata di Caccia, Op. 11 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Harpsichord), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (French Horn), Michael Niesemann (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
4.
The Origin of the Harp, Op. 13 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
5.
Gefriolsae Me, Op. 3b by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Robert Quinney ()
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 

Sound Samples

Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: I. Angels
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: II. Aurochs
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: III. - BALLET
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: IV. Militiamen
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: V. H.A.L.'s Death
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: VI. BATTLE
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: VII. Playing Funerals
Living Toys Op. 9 (1993) for Chamber Ensemble of 14 Players: VIII. - TABLET
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: I. Venezia notturna
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: II. Das klinget so herrlich, das Iklinget so schön
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: III. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: IV. Et....(tango mortale)
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: V. L'Embarquement
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: VI. O Albion
Arcadiana Op. 12 (1994) for String Quartet: VII. Lethe
Sonata da Caccia Op. 11 (1993) for Baroque Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord: I. Gravement
Sonata da Caccia Op. 11 (1993) for Baroque Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord: II. Gayëment
Sonata da Caccia Op. 11 (1993) for Baroque Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord: III. Naïvement
Sonata da Caccia Op. 11 (1993) for Baroque Oboe, Horn and Harpsichord: IV. Galament
The Origin of the Harp Op 13 (1994) for Three Clarinets, Three Violas, Three Cellos and Percussion: I. Dolcissimo ed espressivo
The Origin of the Harp Op 13 (1994) for Three Clarinets, Three Violas, Three Cellos and Percussion: II. Largo con moto
The Origin of the Harp Op 13 (1994) for Three Clarinets, Three Violas, Three Cellos and Percussion: III. Spettrale
The Origin of the Harp Op 13 (1994) for Three Clarinets, Three Violas, Three Cellos and Percussion: IV.
Gefriolsae me Op 3b (1990) - Anthem for Male Voice and Organ (Psalm 51)

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