Thomas Adès is currently enjoying an unprecedented profile on disc in the triple guises of composer, pianist and conductor. On this new compendium of pieces for solo piano, piano duet and piano and orchestra, he assumes all three roles in the company of decade-long collaborator, pianist Kirill Gerstein, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the summer academy off-shoot of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Adès, Gerstein and the BSO’s recent Deutsche Grammophon disc (the composer’s debut on the venerable Yellow Label) was rapturously reviewed by Limelight’sBrett Allen-Bayes (June 1, 2020). Almost simultaneously released were Adès’ insightful and involving traversal of Janáček’s piano music (Signum Classics), Han Chen’s enthusiastic Naxos survey of his complete music for solo piano, and this latest offering, which returns us to the crucial creative nexus of the Adès-Gerstein partnership.

Jostling for attention among several points of interest here are two world premiere recordings. The Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Facefor Two Pianos (2015) places Adès and Gerstein at dual keyboards for a richly textured, intricately manipulated and modulated take on the composer’s first opera. Together,...

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