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Salzburg contemporary • Adès • Calder Quartet & Thomas Adès


THOMAS ADÈS Piano Quintet, Op. 20 (2000)

GYÖRGY KURTÁG 6 Moments musicaux for string quartet, Op. 44 (2005)

THOMAS ADÈS “Arcadiana” for string quartet, Op. 12 (1994)

FRANZ SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, Op. post. D 810 – “Der Tod und das Mädchen”


End of concert approx. 9:50 pm.

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Thomas Adès, Piano
Benjamin Jacobson, Violin
Andrew Bulbrook, Violin
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
Eric Byers, Cello

Motive Salzburg contemporary, © Robert Mertens


Stiftung Mozarteum



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He began making his mark on British music life from an early age: as a composer, conductor, pianist and festival director. Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès was never tempted to dream up his music in the seclusion of an ivory tower, but sought out direct exchange with audiences and musicians alike. ‘It is better to write a note spontaneously and only think about its originality later than trying to reinvent the wheel with every piece’, he is convinced. ‘Traditional orchestras can express 100 percent of human existence, body and soul. A violin has something truthful to say today, just as it did in the 18th century.’ A practical musician in the best, most inclusive sense, Adès also actively performs his own works as well as those of selected colleagues and predecessors. It is no wonder that The Sunday Times nominated him as one of the ‘Top 100 Makers of the 21st Century’ – adding the prognosis that Adès would turn out to be ‘Britain’s new Britten’. In Salzburg, this hypothesis may be tested by attending his new opera as well as various concerts. Thus, soloist Leila Josefowicz joins the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst in his three-movement violin concerto Concentric Paths, in which various circular developments converge dramatically or playfully complement each other. And in his Piano Quintet, Thomas Adès manages to undercut classical form by sophisticated layering of metres and a special dramaturgy of tempi: the result is a baffling new take on musical tradition.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag

A recording of this concert will be broadcast by ORF on august 8 and august 16 at 11:08 on the Ö1 channel.