From the Telegraph:
I comment, stunned after the presentation, that Adès's music is "unashamedly beautiful", where some of his earlier work felt more ironic. "I think that's true," he replies. "I used literally to think some notes were too beautiful, so I changed them to be ironic, but I've worked my way out of that." Since his opera The Tempest, through last year's Tevot and the recent Violin Concerto, there's a greater richness in his music. Could this be linked to his own more stable state?From Timesonline:
"It could be connected," he admits. "So much of contemporary art is ironic and I don't think that's enough any more," he says. "Why would anyone be ashamed of beauty? It's a very 20th-century idea that you might be. Thankfully that's gone." Amen to that.
Adès and [Tal] Rosner were among the first couples in the UK to enter a civil partnership in early 2006, within weeks of the new legislation being put in place. “That law came in quite soon after we met and I still can’t quite believe it’s there,” Adès explains. “I thought ‘we have to do this’ and not only because of the Israeli thing, although it did make life a lot easier with visas, but that was just a bonus. It has had an effect on my music. You feel more connected, like joined-up handwriting. I think my music is more joined-up now than it was before.”
Adès is not only unexpectedly happy to talk about his private life, but also his work. “I wanted to do something that would have visuals and tell a story but would also be a piece of music,” he explains. “I think of it like a ballet but instead of dancers you’ve got video....
Working with your partner is probably most people’s idea of hell, but Adès insists that the experience has been “harmonious”. “I was worried this was going to be an awful disaster,” Adès says, laughing, “but in fact it’s been incredibly natural because he knows my way of thinking and I know his. We did have a rule that at the end of the day we just had to say ‘no more’ otherwise the danger would be that you’d have no escape. You have to have something else to talk about.”
Adès’s musical tastes and influences are wide. When asked about the content of his iPod, he admits that there’s nothing classical among the 2,000-odd tracks. When asked to reveal its current playlist, he sheepishly admits to the 1980s Norwegian pop heart-throbs Aha, and says that he and Tal have been downloading nu electro from the Italian internet radio station Pig Radio. When I ask what music they had at their civil partnership ceremony, I get a surprising response. “We were up all night trying to figure out what the right music would be,” Adès smiles. “In the end we had Girls Aloud’s Love Machine.”