CALDER STRING QUAR­TET, THOMAS ADÈS (PI­ANO) Thomas Adès: The Twenty-Fifth Hour

Signum Clas­sics SIGCD 413

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Amer­ica’s Calder Quar­tet of­fer three cham­ber works by Thomas Adès – the Pi­ano Quin­tet (2001) with the com­poser on pi­ano, and two string quar­tets, Ar­ca­di­ana (1993) and The Four Quar­ters (2011), the lat­ter be­ing recorded for the first time. The mu­sic churns up any num­ber of pairs of op­po­si­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics – light and sub­stan­tial, familiar and un­fa­mil­iar, orig­i­nal and bor­rowed, an­chored and float­ing, com­plex and clear, nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial, con­nected and in­de­pen­dent, con­crete and evanes­cent. It’s mu­sic that grips from the start, and al­ways holds on through the strength of its sense of be­com­ing. And in th­ese per­for­mances, it’s not afraid to leave lis­ten­ers with the ache of in­tense sen­sual beauty. signum­records.com

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