The London Sinfonietta combine two works from Thomas Adès, one of the most distinctive and popular voices in modern composition. This is the Ssecond release for the London Sinfonietta with Signum. It follows their October release of music by Louis Andriessen, featuring the UK premiere of Anaïs Nin, alongside his famed work De Staat.
In Seven Days is a musical interpretation for piano and orchestra of the biblical ’creation’ by Thomas Adès, composed in collabortion with a film-piece by the artist and filmaker Tal Rosner. Both music and film evoke the processes of creation rather than the objects described rather than the objects described in the movement titles, using simple elements in repeated and evoking contexts in a perpetual state of flux, changed and growth.
The Piano Studies Nos 6 & 7 are arrangements of player-piano works by the American composer Conlon Nancarrow. An influential figure to generations of composers, Nancarrow’s studies for the player-piano (or pianolla) allowed him to generate music of extreme rhythmic complexity in a multitude of inventive ways. These arrangements for two pianos by Thomas Adès capture the strange magic of the originals, where fragmented musical ideas are played off againist each other in a wild, almost jazz-like way.
**** (Excellent disc) *** (Good Sound)
Franck Mallet - Classica magazine (France) - July/August 2014
"...Ades’s arrangements of these pieces are outstanding, and his performance with Rolf Hind is sobering. I would love to see these two collaborate om more of these studies. All told, an exceptional release."
Allan Gimbel - American Record Guide - July/August 2012