Thomas Adès travelled to Australia this Autumn for a composer focus at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and to conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. The prominent events hosted by these two major cities showcased some of Adès' most acclaimed works, alongside other Adès focused events including chamber recitals and a concert featuring musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Click here to read this recent preview (& interview) to the festival in The Australian.
'Thomas Adès is one of the most original compositional voices in a quasi-modernist/postmodernist vein to emerge from Britain in decades.
The most striking things about his Asyla, which he conducted with commanding precision, were the originality of its textures and the way these unfolded with elusive logic to create a highly original narrative of sound and shape.
There were carefully layered counterpoints like shifting geological strata, dark melodic passages on bass oboe, steely flashes with strange fluorescent afterglows and moments of fierceness and radiance.'
Sydney Morning Herald (Peter McCallum), 22 October 2010
To read the full review, click here
Melbourne Festival Diary