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listen  1. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): I. Angels -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): II. Aurochs -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): Balett -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): III Militiamen -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): IV. H.A.L.'s Death -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): Battle -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): V. Playing Funerals -London Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Living Toys, Op.9 (1993): TabletLondon Sinfonietta/Markus Stenz 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): I. Venezia notturnaEndellion String Quartet 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): II. Das klinget so herrlich, das Iklinget so schönEndellion String Quartet 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): III. Auf dem Wasser zu singenEndellion String Quartet 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): IV. Et....(tango mortale)Endellion String Quartet 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): V. L'Embarquement -Endellion String Quartet 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): VI. O AlbionEndellion String Quartet 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Arcadiana, Op.12 (1994): VII. LetheEndellion String Quartet 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sonata da Caccia, Op.11 (1993): I. Gravement -Michael Niesemann/Andrew Clark/Thomas Adès 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Sonata da Caccia, Op.11 (1993): II. Gayëment -Michael Niesemann/Andrew Clark/Thomas Adès 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sonata da Caccia, Op.11 (1993): III. NaïvementMichael Niesemann/Andrew Clark/Thomas Adès 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Sonata da Caccia, Op.11 (1993): IV. GalamentMichael Niesemann/Andrew Clark/Thomas Adès 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Origin of the Harp, Op.13 (1994): I. Dolcissimo ed espressivoLynsey Marsh/Barnaby Robson/Paul Richards/Judith Busbridge/Susan Knight/James Boyd/Louise Hopkins/Paul Watkins/Jonathan Tunnell/Richard Benjafield/Thomas Adès 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Origin of the Harp, Op.13 (1994): II. Largo con motoLynsey Marsh/Barnaby Robson/Paul Richards/Judith Busbridge/Susan Knight/James Boyd/Louise Hopkins/Paul Watkins/Jonathan Tunnell/Richard Benjafield/Thomas Adès 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Origin of the Harp, Op.13 (1994): III. SpettraleLynsey Marsh/Barnaby Robson/Paul Richards/Judith Busbridge/Susan Knight/James Boyd/Louise Hopkins/Paul Watkins/Jonathan Tunnell/Richard Benjafield/Thomas Adès 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Origin of the Harp, Op.13 (1994): IV. [untitled]Lynsey Marsh/Barnaby Robson/Paul Richards/Judith Busbridge/Susan Knight/James Boyd/Louise Hopkins/Paul Watkins/Jonathan Tunnell/Richard Benjafield/Thomas Adès 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Gefriolsae me, Op.3b (1990)Choir Of King's College, Cambridge/Robert Quinney/Stephen Cleobury 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Thomas Adès, Markus Stenz, Andrew Clark, Michael Niesemann, Richard Benjafield, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000006OGT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the second recording of music by young British composer Thomas Adès, and it contains several quite impressive works, mostly written between 1993 and 1994. His seven-movement, 20-minute string quartet Arcadiana (Op. 12) stands as the most complete achievement on this disk, and it's a work of striking ingenuity and confidence. Adès was 27 when this recording was released, and more than anything it's a document of an imaginative artist finding his own voice. "The Origins of the Harp" is moving for its dramatic turns and a poignant sense of closure. "Gefriolsae Me," sung by men from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, springs upward from a medieval motet. The title work is the most harmonically jagged and rhythmically free of these works and points to an ever-searching spirit. Among the musicians, the London Sinfonietta, the Endellion Quartet, and Adès himself perform with great precision and care, and the engineering is superb. --Pierre Ruhe

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The title piece finds the composer using a huge range of compositional techniques.... Different instruments resolutely go their own way to have all sorts of musical adventures.... It's exhilarating stuff. -- USA Today

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Doles on July 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I truly feel strange writing this review, as it is the most negative one I have yet contributed for any composer. I first heard the name of Thomas Ades about four years ago, when a fellow composer told me that he was, and I quote, "the greatest British composer since Britten." Needless to say, my expectations were rather high when I first purchased this recording to try and acquaint myself with his music. I must say that his grasp of the CRAFT of musical composition is astounding for his age (which isn't too far from my own, to give us some perspective). Craft without original ideas, however, is useless. To me, Ades sounds like any number of a long line of British composers living in the long shadow of Harrison Birtwistle. What we get here is the standard line...complex and obtuse, without any real direction. "The Origin of the Harp" is the only work that prevents me from rating this disc even lower, as it has several enchanting moments , but not enough to save this album. His operatic works ARE better than the music presented here, without a doubt, but I am afraid that the hype surrounding Ades's work this early in his career could invariably stunt his compositional growth later in life. Though what I have heard to this point has been disappointing, I still expect great things from Thomas Ades in the future.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shultz on December 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Adès has been hailed as everything from "the new Mozart" to "the next Britten", and criticised just as enthusiastically for his perceived arrogance (the New York Times referred to his "spoiled-brat behavior"), but his music speaks for itself. In the chamber pieces featured here, he experiments further with his trademark sonorites, as established in his earlier pieces: shining harmonics on string instruments, pattering rhythmic counterpoint in the percussion, mercurial flourishes in the high-register woodwinds, and irritable growls in the low voices. His experiments with form are just as remarkable -- even as he constantly refers to well-known musical tropes of this century and others, he is constantly analysing and reinterpreting what has come before him. This is mature, self-aware music, from a young master. Beyond the orchestrational and formal aspects, though, is the profound emotionality of Adès' music. If this is your first experience with Adès, be warned: his music is not for everybody, and some of the dissonances can be quite appalling to the unprepared listener, as was suggested by earlier reviewers. That said, it's actually pretty accessible and can be appreciated by people with different levels of musical training. All that is needed is curiosity and an open mind. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19, 2010
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I can think of no other composer in the history of recorded music that has enjoyed such a staunch backup from a record label as Thomas Adès with EMI. With the release of EMI's 8th instalment (Tevot, Violin Concerto, Couperin Dances, Tevot Violin Concerto: Couperin Dances), Adès' near complete output, from his opus 1 from 1990 (there is even a pre-opus 1 song cycle from a year before) to his recent Tevot for Orchestra (2007) is available. Missing are only the orchestral suite and Three Studies derived from his opera The Tempest (but the opera is available, Thomas Adès: The Tempest), and his two most recent compositions: "In Seven Days" (2008) and "Lieux Retrouvés" for Cello and Piano (2009). Not even Stravinsky (with Columbia) and Britten (with Decca) ever received such a treatment: they were picked up much later in their respective compositional career (Stravinsky was already in his fifties), and the labels left a few gaps, major ones with Britten (like his opera Gloriana), insignificant ones with Stravinsky. There tends these days to be an hostile attitude from the music-loving public towards the great labels, seen as managed by purely profit-oriented executives with no knowledge in nor interest for the music and the artists (not always untrue), but here, warm praise to EMI.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kamus on March 1, 2002
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Brilliant, challenging, intellectually self indulgent on occasion, experimental, ravishingly beautiful at times as in the string quartet and the choral piece; innovative, fresh, assured and completely astonishing from one so young. It's very hard to determine where Ades is ultimately heading, musically speaking, but these works written on the way to that destination stand on their own as fascinating examples of a truly creative imagination. Although I enjoyed "Living Toys" it was my least favorite piece. [update: after many rehearings, it has become a favorite-this underscores the necessity of gving complex music such as Ades' more than a perfunctory single listen] The aforementioned Quartet and Choral pieces were the standout. "Origin" was interesting for the wonderful sonorities and textures conjured up from a truly odd ensemble and the "Sonata" made me laugh out loud with it's fun-house mirror view of Baroque music. Highly recommended to the open minded.
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