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  1. John McKean
    27th February 2017 @ 8:11 am

    Thank you Andrew, a most enlightening and insightful review as usual, helped by the fact I agree with you throughout. In the interval the two composers I was talking with were raving about Ades’ Arcaniana quartet and one opined “I prefer early Ades; he’s mellowed, rather like Macmillan…” I went off for sherry. And perhaps my problem with the Beethoven was that, in my elderly state, the sharpness of my attention is dulled after sherry. I preferred the first half. So really, no comment to make, just thanks. But I do enjoy completing the “I’m not a robot” test, just to remind myself.

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  2. David Botibol
    28th February 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    If this discussion makes you curious to compare Arcadiana Op. 12 with The Four Quarters, both works are to be performed during Thomas Adès Day at Wigmore Hall on 25th March, which, by coincidence, was mentioned in an emailing from London Philharmonic Orchestra today.

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