The multifaceted talent of Thomas Adès has led some think of him as one of the most important classical music composers or our era.
Thomas Adès: the brilliant English composer that some are comparing to Mozart /
Contemporary classical music has found one of the most original representatives of all time in Thomas Adès, a composer whose solid formation has allowed him to become the artifice of many orchestral, choral, chamber and opera pieces (one of these was an adaptation of The Tempest, the Shakespearean drama), a prolific catalogue that additionally encompasses the different disciplines that are now essential in modern art, since some of his pieces, like In Seven Days (2008) or Polaris (2011), use large screens to accompany the musical execution.
Adès was acclaimed by specialist critics since the beginning of his career. Andrew Porter, for example, one of the most respected critics in the English sphere, wondered “if Adès was maybe not Mozartian in his talent,” a somewhat shocking comparison considering that he’d only presented his first recordings.
In the same manner, the support of Simon Rattle was vital to his career. When Rattle was chosen as the main director of the Berlienr Philarmoniker (in 2002, after Claudio Abbado had left and in a process during which many were leaning towards Daniel Barenboim), he chose Asyle by Adès as the inaugural piece for his period, thus becoming his initiation as the head of the legendary orchestra.
But, in any case, this was not a series of gratuitous friendly gestures; instead it was yet another way to pay homage to this musician’s undeniable talent, who had already excelled as a pianist and as a seasonal programmer.
In terms of his oeuvre, this easily stands out because of the materials it offers the listener. Unlike other contemporary composers, Adès’ is inviting and welcoming, but once inside, it creates a complex panorama that was not apparent at first sight. And this is perhaps the most important virtue of his work: his music is a challenge, an enigma when its clues and games are followed, and in the end, he does not hand us a solution, but the gift of aesthetic pleasure.
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