Music of Thomas Adès

This article is from 2007.

Music of Thomas Adès

Unsung violinist gets welcome airing

For some inexplicable reason, the music of the young English composer Thomas Adès doesn’t get much of an airing north of the border. Putting that to rights is the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with Adès himself conducting his violin concerto and the wonderfully accomplished Anthony Marwood, for whom it was written, as soloist. And that’s just for starters. For their second performance, the COE and Adès bring tenor Toby Spence, fast becoming an Edinburgh favourite, to their festival platform. This time, Adès’ Couperin-inspired Three Studies sits appropriately enough in an otherwise all French programme.

For the EIF’s Jonathan Mills it’s also about making a statement about composer/conductors. ‘It’s not something you can do with everyone,’ he says, ‘but I’m so sick of seeing a bunch of people whose main talent is semaphore, not music. There are, however, interesting composers who are conductors and Adès is certainly one of them.’

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