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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

Unsuk Chin and Mahler – Open Rehearsal

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

Deutsche Welle presents: Campus concert

Beethoven, Yayalar
Unknown; Işin Metin; Çiğdem Soyarslan; Asude Karayavuz; Andreas Schager

Ensemble Perpetuo

Nielsen, Tavener, Ravel
Unknown

BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Litton

Volans, Adams, Ives
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton; BBC Singers; David Hill; Pumeza Matshikiza; William Wolfram

Shostakovich's Vision Of War

Lindberg, Prokofiev, Shostakovich
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Singers at Six: BBC Singers at 90

Britten, Tippett, Bingham, Jackson, Crabtree
BBC Symphony Orchestra; David Hill; BBC Singers; Paul Brough; Stephen Cleobury; Bob Chilcott

Legendary Rite of Spring

Gabrieli, Gubaidulina, Stravinsky
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Joana Carneiro; Geir Draugsvoll
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Houston Symphony's Frank holds her own against Rachmaninoff and Strauss

Despite balance issues, Houston Symphony's opening concert promises a season of originality and passion.
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Beautiful but not quite brilliant from Bampton Classical Opera

A beautiful evening of rare and royal music by Gluck, in the year of his 300th anniversary, and even an even rarer setting of Orfeo by Bertoni: it was just a pity we couldn't follow all the words, as well as all the notes, at St John's Smith Square.
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Torleif Thedéen guests in Sydney

The chances to hear two recitals on consecutive nights, featuring exceptional artists of international renown in the friendly environment and outstanding acoustics of the City Recital Hall are akin to winning a (musical) lottery in Sydney.
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Red Note Ensemble's Sounding Brass

Red Note Ensemble's Sounding Brass in a unique afternoon of brass, percussion and electronics in an imaginatively scouted industrial setting.
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Hotel Elefant: Storytelling in Music

Combining seasoned chamber musicians, new works, and a cabaret-style venue, Hotel Elefant performed musical narratives ranging from horseback riding in Northern Iran to the public suicide of a Pennsylvanian State Treasurer. 
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Duruflé Requiem at the Lammermuir Festival

National Youth Choir of Scotland Chamber Choir and Lammermuir Festival Players delight in an imaginative programme of French and Estonian sacred music.
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A fitting close to the Proms season

Sakari Oramo takes the reins for his first Last Night of the Proms, alongside dazzling violinist Janine Jansen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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A Joyous Ninth from Alan Gilbert and the Gewandhaus

Not everything worked in Gilbert's Beethoven Nine, but the stunning finale redeemed all.
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