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Thomas Adès: Dante (2 CD)

Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall in April 2022 in performances conducted by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, Dante is a ballet score in three acts - “Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” and “Paradiso” - inspired by the alternately chilling and sunlit landscapes of Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia.

Written in the 14th century, this seminal Italian poem recounts an initiatory journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise. Adès and choreographer Wayne McGregor brought this medieval Christian fantasy to life in London 2021 with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Ballet via a narrative arc about a young woman named Beatrice who embodies a promise of love and hope.

This concert performance of the ballet score by the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the work’s world-premiere audio recording.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, Artistic Director
Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director

Recorded voices in Purgatorio:
Khazan Gabriel A. Shrem, and the Khazan and congregation of the Great Ades Synagogue, Jerusalem

Wayne McGregor, Choreographer (The Dante Project)
Tacita Dean, Design (The Dante Project)
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Format: 2 CD set
Label: Nonesuch Records
Release date: 04/21/2023

Track List

Disc One
I. Abandon Hope—
II. The Selfish—stung by wasps
III. The Ferryman
IV. Pavan of the Souls in Limbo—
V. Paolo and Francesca—the endless whirlwind
VI. The Gluttons—in slime
VII. The Suicides—the bleeding trees—
VIII. The Deviants—on burning sand—
IX. The Fortune-tellers—facing both ways
X. The Popes’ Adagio—heads first—
XI. The Hypocrites—in coats of lead
XII. The Thieves—devoured by reptiles
XIII. Satan—in the lake of ice

Disc Two
I. Dawn on the Sea of Purgatory—
II. Mount Purgatory—
III. The Valley of Flowers—
IV. The Healing Fire—
V. The Earthly Paradise—
VI. The Heavenly Procession—
VII. The Ascent

Paradise—Moon—Mercury—Venus—Sun—Mars—Jupiter (The Eagle)—
Saturn (The Golden Ladder)—Fixed Stars—Empyrean
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