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ADÈS, T.: Violin Concerto, "Concentric Paths" / 3 Studies from Couperin (Herresthal, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Manze)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2014


Norwegian Radio Orchestra


Andrew Manze


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra


Peter Herresthal



Store Studio, NRK Oslo, Norway


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 34:15
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ADÈS, T.: Violin Concerto, "Concentric Paths" / 3 Studies from Couperin (Herresthal, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Manze)

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Violin Concerto, Op. 23, "Concentric Paths"

1 I. Rings 04:17
2 II. Paths 09:42
3 III. Rounds 05:35
 Peter Herresthal Soloist

3 Studies from Couperin

4 No. 1. Les Amusemens 04:54
5 No. 2. Les Tours de passe-passe 03:46
6 No. 3. L'Ame-en-peine 06:01
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Andrew Manze Conductor

Composed in 2005, Thomas Adès’s violin concerto ‘Concentric Paths’ has rapidly become a favourite with both audiences and performers. Displaying a constant growth of melodic ideas and compelling sense of pace and energy, the score has received over a thousand performances to date (including its setting to ballet), earning it a firm place in the repertoire. One of the eminent violinists to champion the work is Peter Herresthal, who has given its Austrian, Norwegian, Spanish and Australian premières, the latter conducted by Thomas Adès himself, at the 2010 Melbourne Festival. (Since their encounter, the collaboration between between Herresthal and Adès has continued, and has borne fruit in a new cadenza by Adès for György Ligeti’s violin concerto, which Herresthal will give the première of during the 2014 Bergen Festival.) 
On the present recording, made in April 2013, Herresthal is supported by his compatriots in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Manze, himself an acclaimed violinist as well as conductor. Their performance is being released as a digital album coupled with Three Studies from Couperin, played by the same orchestra and conductor. Premièred in 2006, the year after the concerto, the Couperin Studies is a reworking for chamber orchestra of three harpsichord pieces by Adès’s favourite baroque composer: ‘My ideal day’, he has said, ‘would be staying home and playing the harpsichord works of Couperin.’ 
The Norwegian violinist Peter Herresthal has previously released three discs for BIS, most recently violin concertos by Per Nørgård on an album which in 2013 was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. 

In an informal encounter with the music journalist Tom Service, who has also written the insightful liner notes for the booklet accompanying this digital release, 

                     Performance ****          Recording ****

"...sensitively realised by manze and the orchestra."

Martin Cotton - BBC Music magazine - May 2014

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