Concertos and creation myths, with Adès at BSO
Most Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductors come and go discreetly these days, but Thomas Adès arrived this week a bit like a one-man weather system. On Thursday night, the vertiginously gifted British composer-conductor-pianist led the first of three performances of a program featuring his own Genesis-inspired piano concerto alongside music of Prokofiev and Sibelius. On Saturday, he’ll conduct his opera “The Tempest” at the Met before leading the evening BSO performance in Symphony Hall. Then on Sunday, for his day of rest, he’ll make a cameo at the Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert to perform the piano four-hands arrangement of Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” alongside this week’s BSO soloist, the superb Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein.