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Thomas Adès delivers layered, thrilling performance with BSO

The British composer Thomas Adès is back on the Boston Symphony Orchestra podium this week, leading his own music, yes, but also giving the fall schedule a healthy shot of curatorial imagination. The works on an Adès-designed program don’t stand staring at the floor like proverbial strangers in an elevator – they mingle with each other, spark connections, themes, ideas, arguments.

The first half of Thursday night’s concert was an enthralling case in point, opening with the Hebrides Overture. Mendelssohn created this teeming orchestral seascape after a visit to the Hebrides Islands off the Scottish coast and on Thursday night, Adès and the orchestra gave it a wonderfully atmospheric performance.

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