Adès

COMPOSERS: Ades
LABELS: EMI
ALBUM TITLE: Ads
WORKS: Violin Concerto
PERFORMER: Anthony Marwood (violin); Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Thomas Adès
CATALOGUE NO: 5.09995E+12

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Since its premiere two years ago Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto has been performed all over the world. And no wonder, because it has a marvellous combination of extrovert brilliance and great emotional depth, contained in a brief 20-minute span that flashes past like a mirage. This recording by the performers that gave the premiere captures both sides to perfection. The two outer movements venture to the edges of possibility in terms of technique, with four-part chords for the violin ascending right to the edge of the finger-board. Anthony Marwood copes with all these challenges, whilst always sounding musical. The big central movement is like a modernist Passacaglia – a marvel in every way.