First Performances--BBC Proms 2013

David Matthews and Thomas Adès

Edward Venn

Robin Holloway's brief illustrative list of composers who populate the 'continuing or reconstructed mainstream' begins in Britain, with 'Tippett and Britten, hence Maw and both Matthewses' and ends with the broader international sweep of 'Takemitsu, Knussen and Lieberson (stemming equally from serialism à la Berg and à la late Stravinsky); hence Lindberg, Benjamin, Turnage, Anderson, Adès and all'. Whilst these groupings, which position David Matthews and Thomas Adès towards opposing ends of the continuum, might be inadvertent, the premieres of their latest works, given over consecutive (and swelteringly hot) nights in July, would appear to strengthen such a polarity.

Journal Tempo
Year 2014
Volume 68
Issue 267
Pages 59-61

Venn, Edward (2014) First Performances--BBC Proms 2013: David Matthews and Thomas Adès. In: Tempo, Vol. 68, No. 267, pp. 59-61. Available at


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