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Guide to Contemporary Music: Concerts, Reviews and Interviews

Composers Project: David Lang Interview © Peter Sterling
Composers Project: David Lang Interview
Peter Sterling
Composers Project: Johannes Staud Interview © Jonathan Irons
Composers Project: Johannes Staud Interview
Jonathan Irons
Composers Project: Unsuk Chin Interview © Eric Richmond
Composers Project: Unsuk Chin Interview
Eric Richmond

The freedom of what to hear: Sound installations in New York

As part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Rebecca Lentjes writes about the vibrant world of sound installations and immmersive musical experiences in New York City.

Introduction to Contemporary Music 1: The Young Generation

In the first of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he writes about five composers now in their 30s and 40s, all writing very different kinds of music.

Glass ceilings and open doors: Women in contemporary music

As part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Meg Wilhoite takes a look at the question of gender equality in the world of new music, in light of the recent debate sparked by conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Holding hands with Stockhausen: Programming 20th– and 21st–century music

Part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Paul Kilbey takes a look at concert programming of 20th- and 21st-century music in several venues around the world.
Composers Project: Anna Meredith Interview
Composers Project: Anna Meredith Interview
Composers Project: Kaija Saariaho Interview
Composers Project: Kaija Saariaho Interview
Composers Project: Mark Simpson Interview © Elisabeth Blanchett
Composers Project: Mark Simpson Interview
Elisabeth Blanchett

October 2013: Contemporary Music Month

September 2013 is Contemporary Music Month on Bachtrack. Read our series of articles and interviews here.
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Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Chin, Mahler
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Kari Kriikku

English Choral Classics - old and new

Parsons, Tallis, Byrd, Mealor, Stanford
Chris Parsons; Eboracum Baroque

Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Elgar, Shostakovich, Marquez

Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Elgar, Shostakovich, Marquez
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Marit Strindlund; Daniel Lozakovitj

Exits and Entrances

Bryars, Nicolai
Merce Cunningham; Richard Siegel; Bavarian State Ballet

Fauré Requiem

Fauré, Duruflé, Montands, Bizet, Schoenberg
Unknown

Vesalii icones

Maxwell Davies: Vesali Icones
Mark Forkgen; Kokoro ensemble; Unknown

Lindberg, Bruckner

Lindberg, Bruckner
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano; Yefim Bronfman

Symphonic Northern Lights

Olsen, Lindberg, Tchaikovsky
Unknown; Christian Lindberg
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Sonic inundation: Tavener’s Flood of Beauty

There was an inundation of the sound of John Tavener's Flood of Beauty at the Barbican on Sunday, with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
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MMDG in Berkeley

Few choreographers can match Mark Morris and his dancers for exuberant beauty or musical savvy.
****1
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The BBCSO and BBC Singers at the Barbican

Andrew Litton and the BBCSO and the BBC Singers create order out of chaos at the Barbican Hall in a challenging programme including Charles Ives monumental 4th Symphony.
****1
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A tantalising season opener from the LPO and Jurowski

Works from Magnus Lindberg, Prokofiev and Shostakovich set the tone for an exciting forthcoming season from the LPO.
****1
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Unsuk Chin première and bruising Mahler in New York

Ornithologists would have had a field day in Avery Fisher Hall for the opening subscription concert in the New York Philharmonic's season. Trills and fluttering multiphonics abounded in Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto, before bird calls opened Mahler's First Symphony.
***11
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Cleveland at the Concertgebouw

His recent bow out of the Vienna Staatsoper has been in the news, but last evening
Maestro Franz Welser-Möst was firmly in the saddle of the distinguished
Cleveland Orchestra as they performed in Amsterdam.
****1
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A Perfect Masterpiece: Glass's The Perfect American in Brisbane

The Perfect American, a fictional account of the final months of Walt Disney’s life, is a visually rhythmic flow of scenic magic on a blended Glass base – gently but harrowingly absorbing.
*****
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A Danish Swansong

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra played music by three leading Scandinavian composers in what was to be an unexpectedly emotional concert.
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