Editors’ Notes Thomas Adès’ piano concerto from 2018 simultaneously pushes boundaries and embraces tradition. Gutsily performed by Kirill Gerstein and the Boston Symphony (with terrific recorded sound), its opening combines a rich Romantic texture with the mischievous exuberance of Bartók and Prokofiev, piano glissandos and huge block chords rising heroically above Adès’ intricate scoring. Modern big-band jazz infuses the gentler second movement before the finale propels toward an explosive finish with fizzing orchestrations and a frenzy of piano octaves. Equally dazzling is the 2013 Totentanz for baritone, mezzo-soprano, and orchestra, depicting Death’s dances with every stratum of society, from Pope to infant. Endlessly inventive, dark but often witty too, the collection features echoes of grand Mahlerian sweep and the eccentricity of Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
I. I. - (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2019)
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II. II. - (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2019)
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III. III. - (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2019)
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Totentanz
I. Der Prediger (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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II. Der Tod (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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III. Der Tod zum Papst – Der Papst (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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IV. Der Tod zum Kaiser – Der Kaiser (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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V. Der Tod zum Kardinal – Der Kardinal (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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VI. Der Tod zum König – Der König (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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VII. Der Tod zum Mönch – Der Mönch (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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VIII. Der Tod zum Ritter – Der Ritter – Der Tod zum Bürgermeister – Der Bürgermeister (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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IX. Der Tod zum Arzt – Der Arzt – Der Tod zum Wucherer – Der Wucherer (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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X. Der Tod zum Kaufmann – Der Kaufmann (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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XI. Der Tod zum Küster – Der Küster – Der Tod zum Küster (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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XII. Der Handwerker – Der Tod zum Handwerker (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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XIII. Der Tod zum Bauer – Der Bauer (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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XIV. Der Tod zum Mädchen – Das Mädchen (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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XV. Der Tod zum Kind – Das Kind (Live at Symphony Hall, Boston / 2016)
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