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In his first disc for the yellow label, Thomas Ades has delivered a great one / LIMELIGHT

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The English composer Thomas Adès is certainly one of the most performed of contemporary composers due to his early advocacy by Simon Rattle and EMI. He is also a ‘compleat' musician in that he is not only a fine composer, he is also an excellent pianist and conductor. This new disc featuring the recent Piano Concerto (2018) with its dedicatee, Kirill Gerstein, is recorded live with the Boston Symphony at its world premiere.

Throughout the orchestra must be applauded for the commitment to the pieces here – veering from the mastery of Adès' modern idiom to regular examples of great beauty in both. Gerstein proves to be the ideal soloist in this often complex work yet complexities aside, as in his violin concerto "Concentric Paths", Adès shows just why he is so regularly programmed and recorded. The work is a wide ranging and excitement ride over various meters, tempi and styles, starting with George Gershwin.

In his first disc for the Yellow label, Thomas Adès has delivered a great one.

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