Thomas Ad├Ęs

Concerto Conciso - 1997

Piano and Chamber Ensemble of 10 Players

Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern with financial assistance from the Arts Council of England and the following Sound (OI)

Instrumentation

cl.bsax - tpt.trbn.tuba - perc(1) timp/crot/roto toms/tuned tpl.bl/2 wood dr/log dr/talking dr/wood chimes/hi-hat/tam-t/anvil/ped BD - 3 vln.db (all string instruments and clarinet need amplification, bass requires a contact microphone)

Programme Notes

Concerto Conciso (1997)

Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern with financial assistance from the Arts Council of England and Sound Investors through the BCMG Sound Investment Scheme.

The work is scored for solo piano and an ensemble of ten players, comprising clarinet, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, 3 violins and double bass. It is in two movements. The first was originally entitled AStudy for a Coda@, and casts the pianist in the deliberately restricted role of musical director, with a semi-soloistic continuo part. The soloist is released, and claims centre stage, at the beginning of the second movement. This has two parts: firstly, a slow Aciacconetta@, which runs through six divisions upon a seven-bar chord sequence announced by the piano; secondly, a fast Abrawl@ in a tonality discovered by an unexpected resolution of the last cycle of the Aciacconetta@. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes the mediaeval English dance which this section might evoke (from the French Abranle@) as a form of round-dance: Athe linked dancers. . . face inwards to the centre of an arc, or a full circle, moving sideways to the left and the right@.

Recordings

Past Performances

  • October 28 1997
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • October 31 1997
    'Urban Tour',St Peter's Urban Village, Saltley, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • October 31 1997
    'Urban Tour', All Saint's Hall, Kings Heath, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • November 2 1997
    'Urban Tour', St Matthew's Church, Perry Beeches, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • November 15 1997
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom
    London Sinfonietta
  • December 19 1997
    BBC, , United Kingdom
  • July 23 1998
    Orchestra Hall, Minnesota, USA
    members of Minnesota Orchestra
  • August 10 1998
    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • August 27 1998
    Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    tbc
  • October 26 1998
    CBSo Centre, EMI Recording Sessions, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • January 14-15 1999
    Ircam, Paris, France
    Ensemble Intercontemporain, Florent Boffard, Stefan Asbury
  • March 9 1999
    Helsinki Festival, Temppeliaukio Church, Finland
    Avanti!, Raili Viljakainen
  • March 18 1999
    Quaker Meeting House, Bournville, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 18 1999
    St Matthew's Church, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 29 1999
    Edgton Village Hall, Edgton, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 29 1999
    Parish Church, Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • March 29 1999
    Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • June 26 1999
    Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • November 21 1999
    CBSO Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Rolf Hind, Sir Simon Rattle
  • November 26 1999
    Cité de la Musique, Paris, France
    Rolf Hind, Sir Simon Rattle
  • October 21 2000
    Teatro Garcia Lorca, Havana, Cuba
    Ballet National de Cuba, ch. Karole Armitage
  • July 8, August 8 2002
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endellion Quartet, Simon Rattle
  • September 28 2002
    RNE Radio Clásica, , Spain
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • May 8 2003
    Wiener Saal des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Austria
    Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik
  • March 13 2004
    St Matthias Centre, Richmond, United Kingdom
    Howard E. James, Richmond Chamber Symphony
  • October 5 2004
    Danish Radio concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Athelas Sinfonietta
  • July 6 2005
    Guildhall School of Music, London, United Kingdom
    GSMD
  • February 23 2007
    Presences Festival, Paris, France
    Bertrand Chamayou, Ensemble l'Itinéraire, Mark Foster
  • February 24 2009
    Borden Auditorium, Manhattan School of Music, New York City, USA
    Jeffrey Milarsky, Manhattan School of Music
  • March 24 2010
    Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
    Ensemble ACJW
  • April 7 2011
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges
  • April 8-9 2011
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges
  • January 31 2012
    KulturHuset, Tromsø, Norway
    Thomas Rimul, Arktisk Sinfonietta
  • April 11 2013
    Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Kanga, Hila Plitmann

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