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Collaboration between Concertgebouworkest and composer Thomas Adès

30 September 2019

This season, the Concertgebouworkest will be collaborating frequently with the renowned composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès.

Thomas Adès repeteert met het Concertgebouworkest (foto: Renske Vrolijk)
Thomas Adès leading a rehearsal with the Concertgebouworkest

Indeed, Meet Thomas Adès kicks off in October. The British conductor will be leading the orchestra in a programme presented in collaboration with Hermitage Amsterdam in which jewels, scandals and female sexuality figure prominently on 10 and 11 October. In addition to the new Luxury Suite from Adès’s first opera Powder Her Face, the programme features Gerald Barry’s one-act The Stronger, based on the play by Strindberg and with a mise-en-espace by Nina Spijkers, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and the suite from Poulenc’s Les biches.

On 12 October, Adès will be performing as a pianist with five members of the orchestra at an informal Club Night at The Loft atop A’DAM Toren. The programme will include works by Adès, Ravel and Reich. 

In March, Adès returns to conduct a symphonic programme featuring works by Janáček, Busoni and himself (on 20 and 22 March), and will be giving a Close-up concert together with orchestral members in the Recital Hall (17 March). On 18 and 19 June, he will be leading the Concertgebouworkest in his new ballet music Inferno, based on Dante, and in works by Liszt and Stravinsky. Adès will also be giving a private masterclass to members of the Concertgebouworkest Academy.

Since making his breakthrough in 1995 with his first opera Powder Her Face (two other successful operas would follow), the composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès has taken the music world by storm. The Concertgebouworkest has regularly performed his compositions since 1996. Adès conducted the orchestra himself in 2011 and again in 2016. The last concerts he gave with the Concertgebouworkest featured the world premiere of his acclaimed Totentanz.