Thomas Adès

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‘We hear things no one else notices’: Proms composers on their extraordinary new music
The world’s greatest classical music festival is back. From landing on Mars to the life of a beehive, Thomas Adès, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jennifer Walshe and others tell us about the work they’ll debut there

Interviews by Imogen Tilden

13, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Classical home listening: a time capsule from 1953; Caio Fabbricio; Power and Adès on film
A remastered recording of the Queen’s coronation is full of atmosphere; Handel’s ‘capsule opera’ is beautifully performed; and violist Lawrence Power releases a visual album

Fiona Maddocks

04, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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The Dante Project review – bold, beautiful and utterly engaging
Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès and Tacita Dean’s dream-team Divine Comedy is a fitting farewell to its star, Edward Watson

Sarah Crompton

24, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Mark Simpson/Quatuor Diotima review – virtuosic Adès premiere is mesmerising
Alchymia is Adès’ most substantial chamber work in over a decade, it revealed itself in this premiere to be one of his finest achievements of recent years

Andrew Clements

01, Oct, 2021 @5:01 PM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – Adès’ ghostly Buñuel showpiece sees the light
A centenary celebration – coming to the Proms tonight – included an Ades premiere and, 75 years after its composition, Ruth Gipps’s second symphony

Andrew Clements

05, Aug, 2021 @2:48 PM

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Thomas Adès at 50 review – something old and something new in superb birthday celebration
Barbican, London
The composer’s Shanty – Over the Sea, given its UK premiere by the Britten Sinfonia, is captivating and evocative

Tim Ashley

11, Jun, 2021 @11:08 AM

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‘You’re one of the more normal composers’: Simon Rattle and Thomas Adès swap notes
The conductor and composer talk Beethoven, Brexit and bunking off sports day ahead of a new Barbican/LSO season that will celebrate Adès’s 50th birthday

Fiona Maddocks

23, Feb, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Alice's Adventures Under Ground review – brilliant in every surreal detail
The dizzying world of Lewis Carroll is brought to wonderful and touching life, and Gerald Barry’s intense score is marshalled with panache by Thomas Adès

Andrew Clements

05, Feb, 2020 @12:35 PM

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The best classical music works of the 21st century
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets

Andrew Clements, Fiona Maddocks. John Lewis, Kate Molleson, Tom Service, Erica Jeal and Tim Ashley

12, Sep, 2019 @4:20 PM

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The week in classical: Thomas Adès; LPO/Jurowski; LSO/Rattle – review
Thomas Adès communes with Janáček, Jurowski and the LPO do Stravinsky proud, and the LSO shows its jazzy side

Fiona Maddocks

15, Dec, 2018 @1:00 PM

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Home listening: from Adès to Chopin to Weimar Germany
A fine new piano recital from Ashley Fripp, to 20s Berlin with Marion Rampal and Quatuor Manfred, plus Jess Gillam’s podcast

Fiona Maddocks

15, Jul, 2018 @6:00 AM

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The week in classical: Madama Butterfly; Britten Sinfonia/Adès – review
The summer opera season kicks off with Annilese Miskimmon’s perceptive staging of Puccini’s heartbreaker.

Fiona Maddocks

27, May, 2018 @6:30 AM

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