Richard Fairman
Financial Times
March 2017

Thomas Adès has described these three, huge orchestral scores as a trilogy of sorts. In one an ark, possibly the earth as the vessel, is travelling through space; in another the Pole Star guides navigation.

On the journey to its haven of safety (the “asyla” of the title) the music is carried aloft by great, heaving cosmic waves through a universe glistening with heavenly sounds.

These are technically challenging scores that take an orchestra to its limits. With Adès conducting, the London Symphony Orchestra reaches for the stars.