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Adès: Asyla, These Premises Are Alarmed, Etc / Rattle, Etc


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56818   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Simon RattleThomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraBirmingham Contemporary Music Group
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you want to know what all the fuss is about, this disc is as good a place to start as any.

This is the fourth disc of music by Thomas Adès, reaffirming his status as the most brilliantly inventive British composer of his generation. Adès is something of a miniaturist and the 23-minute Asyla, commissioned for the CBSO in 1997, is, in terms of scale, his biggest work to date (Powder her Face is longer but scored for smaller forces). The title (the plural of ‘asylum’) is ambivalent, suggesting both ‘refuge’ and ‘madhouse’. Intermittent cowbells epitomise the former, while the latter aspect reaches its extreme point in the third movement, aptly described by Andrew Porter as ‘a sort of Rite of Spring cum
Read more disco’ -- at once exhilarating and disturbing. In the Chamber Symphony, tango and distant Weberian horncalls combine in the kind of phantasmagorical fantasy Adès conjures so well. Equally surreal, and astonishingly original, effects are heard in the Concerto Conciso, where Adès himself, as piano soloist, negotiates rhythms as fearsomely intricate as those of Conlon Nancarrow. The complexity of texture is almost incidental here, whereas These Premises are Alarmed (written for the Hallé’s inaugural concert in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall) is a tour de force of orchestral virtuosity. Both Adès’s verve and his fine ear for rarefied sonority are matched by Rattle with the CBSO as alert, responsive partners. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, this disc is as good a place to start as any. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Barry Millington, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Asyla by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This work was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Classical
Contemporary Composition." 
2.
These Premises are Alarmed by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Concerto Conciso by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
... but all shall be well by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Chamber Symphony, Op. 2 by Thomas Adès
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Asyla (for Orchestra): I
Asyla (for Orchestra): II
Asyla (for Orchestra): III Ecstasio
Asyla (for Orchestra): IV
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): I
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): II -
Concerto Conciso (for Piano and Chamber Ensemble): [dotted crotchet = 116]
These Premises Are Alarmed (for large orchestra)
Chamber Symphony Op.2 (for fifteen players): I
Chamber Symphony Op.2 (for fifteen players): II
Chamber Symphony Op.2 (for fifteen players): III
Chamber Symphony Op.2 (for fifteen players): IV
...but all shall be well (for orchestra)

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