Thomas Adès
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1971-03-01
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Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès Biography (BBC)

Thomas Adès studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Paul Berkowitz (piano) and Robert Saxton (composition) and then read Music at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1992. Two years earlier he had already written his Five Eliot Landscapes, a remarkable Op. 1 that at once relates to the traditional medium of voice and piano and spectacularly transcends it (the song-cycles of Messiaen are perhaps the only discernible precedent). In 1993 Adès’s Park Lane Group recital at the Purcell Room, in particular his Still Sorrowing for prepared piano, brought instant metropolitan acclaim and the effective start of a triple international career as composer, pianist and conductor.

Adès’s response to this meteoric early rise was to explore a number of different areas of style and tone alongside the glittering, intricate, sonically alluring idiom that announced itself so strikingly in the Five Eliot Landscapes. Traced Overhead (1996) for solo piano is another major example of Adès’s flair for exotic instrumental sonority, articulated in cascading figuration and complex metres. Yet by then the same composer had also written, among much else, the quirkily roguish Under Hamelin Hill (1992), for a chamber organ whose main player is intermittently joined by another two; Life Story (1993–4), a wry and bleak setting of Tennessee Williams’s verse evocation of post-coital ennui; Living Toys (1993), a brilliant study in the brisk, incisive idiom associated with the London Sinfonietta; and a Sonata da caccia (1993) for Baroque oboe, horn and harpsichord, written in tribute to one of Adès’s favourite composers, Couperin.

This wide stylistic reach was drawn together in Adès’s first opera, Powder Her Face, an outwardly contentious, inwardly sombre portrait of the later lifestyle of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, after her sensational divorce in 1963. While the work’s succès de scandale at the 1995 Cheltenham Festival and subsequently elsewhere related to the sexual element of Philip Hensher’s libretto, the commanding assurance and magpie virtuosity of Adès’s score were both unmistakable. Next came two orchestral tours de force in the shape of These Premises Are Alarmed (1996) and the much larger Asyla (1997).

In 1999 a commission from the New York Philharmonic brought forth America: A Prophecy, a powerful and far from millennially optimistic setting of a South American Mayan text for mezzo-soprano, large orchestra and optional large chorus.

The major project of the next few years was a full-length opera, The Tempest, commissioned by the Royal Opera House, premiered there in February 2004 and revived in 2007. Setting a libretto by Meredith Oakes based on Shakespeare’s play, and conducted by Adès himself, the opera was received with huge acclaim. Tevot received its UK premiere at the Barbican’s retrospective, ‘Traced Overhead’, last spring, and Adès’s multimedia piano concerto In Seven Days (a collaboration with video artist Tal Rosner) was premiered in April. A pianist of rare gifts that are regularly at the disposal of music besides his own, In 2009 Adès relinquished his role as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

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Thomas Adès Biography (Wikipedia)

Thomas Adès CBE (born 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor.

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Leos Janáček
Pohadka (2nd mvt)
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Pohadka (2nd mvt)
François Couperin
Les baricades mistérieuses (Pieces de clavecin - ordre no. 6)
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Les baricades mistérieuses (Pieces de clavecin - ordre no. 6)
Thomas Adès
Asyla - Ecstasio
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Asyla - Ecstasio
Thomas Adès
In Seven Days VII Contemplation
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In Seven Days VII Contemplation
Franz Schubert
Trout Quintet (Theme and Variations)
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Trout Quintet (Theme and Variations)
Thomas Adès
Concentric Paths (Rings)
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Concentric Paths (Rings)
Thomas Adès
Arcadiana (O Albion)
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Arcadiana (O Albion)
Thomas Adès
3 Mazurkas Op.27 for piano
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3 Mazurkas Op.27 for piano
David Popper
Dance of the Elves
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Dance of the Elves
Thomas Adès
Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra
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Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra
Igor Stravinsky
Suite d'apres des themes, fragment et morceuax de Giambatista Pergolesi (from Pulcinella)
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Suite d'apres des themes, fragment et morceuax de Giambatista Pergolesi (from Pulcinella)
François Couperin
Les Baricades Misterieuses
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Les Baricades Misterieuses

Les Baricades Misterieuses

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Thomas Adès
Colette (2018) - Colette's Journey
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Colette (2018) - Colette's Journey
Gerald Barry
The Importance of Being Earnest
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The Importance of Being Earnest
Hubert Léonard
Donkey and Driver
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Donkey and Driver
Leos Janáček
Narodil se Kristus Pan (Christ the Lord is born)
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Narodil se Kristus Pan (Christ the Lord is born)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93
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Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93
Thomas Adès
Lieux Retrouvés for cello and orchestra
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Lieux Retrouvés for cello and orchestra
Francisco Coll
Four Iberian Miniatures for violin and orchestra
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Four Iberian Miniatures for violin and orchestra
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)
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Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)
Franz Schubert
Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, 'Trout' (4th mvt)
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Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, 'Trout' (4th mvt)
Thomas Adès
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Come here
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Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Come here
Thomas Adès
Polaris
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Polaris
Thomas Adès
Asyla (3rd mvt, 'Ecstasio')
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Asyla (3rd mvt, 'Ecstasio')
Thomas Adès
In Seven Days: Creatures of the Land; Contemplation
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In Seven Days: Creatures of the Land; Contemplation
Thomas Adès
Les Amusmens (Three Studies from Couperin)
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Les Amusmens (Three Studies from Couperin)
Thomas Adès
Arcadiana (O Albion)
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Arcadiana (O Albion)
Gerald Barry
What Should I Do? (The Importance of Being Earnest)
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What Should I Do? (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Thomas Adès
Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face for two pianos
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Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face for two pianos
Thomas Adès
Totentanz
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Totentanz
Thomas Adès
Mazurka
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Mazurka
Franz Liszt
Totentanz, Paraphrase on 'Dies Irae', S. 126
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Totentanz, Paraphrase on 'Dies Irae', S. 126
Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem, op. 20
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Sinfonia da Requiem, op. 20
Alexei Stanchinsky
Canon a 4 voci
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Canon a 4 voci
Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No.3
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Symphony No.3
Gabriel Fauré
Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 117
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Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 117
Thomas Adès
Mazurka
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Mazurka
Thomas Adès
In Seven Days
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In Seven Days
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements
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Symphony in Three Movements
Franz Schubert
Scherzo and trio from Piano Quintet (D.667) in A major "Trout"
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Scherzo and trio from Piano Quintet (D.667) in A major "Trout"
Thomas Adès
Les amusements (Three Studies from Couperin)
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Les amusements (Three Studies from Couperin)
Thomas Adès
Overture and Waltz from Powder Her Face
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Overture and Waltz from Powder Her Face
Thomas Adès
Moderato from 3 Mazurkas, Op. 27
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Moderato from 3 Mazurkas, Op. 27
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Thomas Ades, Max Cooper, Bruce Brubaker, Miloš Karadaglić, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Britten Sinfonia, Mira Calix, Amy Dickson, Dither, Gabriel Prokofiev, Nora Fischer, The 12 Ensemble, Tom Richards, Nonclassical, Jess Gillam, Jayson Gillham, Marnix Dorrestein, Shiva Feshareki, Ragazze Quartet, Laura Rossi, Zwerm, John Holiday, Nonclassical DJs, Nick Luscombe (DJ set), Street Orchestra Live, Sonya Lifschitz, Addelam, Chineke! Ensemble and Barbican Centre
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Thomas Ades, Britten Sinfonia
Barbican Centre, London, UK
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Thomas Ades, Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Eamonn Dougan and Claudia Boyle
The Halls, Norwich, UK
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Thomas Ades, Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Eamonn Dougan and Claudia Boyle
Barbican Centre, London, UK
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Thomas Ades, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Gerstein
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2017: Prom 28: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
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Royal Albert Hall
2017-08-05T18:06:28
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2017
Proms 2017: Prom 28: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Proms 2017: Prom 28: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2016: Prom 40
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-08-15T18:06:28
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15
Aug
2016
Proms 2016: Prom 40

Proms 2016: Prom 40

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2013: Prom 8: Britten, Lutosławski & Thomas Adès
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Royal Albert Hall
2013-07-17T18:06:28
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17
Jul
2013
Proms 2013: Prom 8: Britten, Lutosławski & Thomas Adès

Proms 2013: Prom 8: Britten, Lutosławski & Thomas Adès

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2008: Prom 12
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Royal Albert Hall
2008-07-26T18:06:28
26
Jul
2008

Proms 2008: Prom 12

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2005: Prom 69
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Royal Albert Hall
2005-09-06T18:06:28
6
Sep
2005

Proms 2005: Prom 69

Royal Albert Hall

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