During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.
Sadler's Wells presents See the Music, Hear the Dance, an evening dedicated to the music of Thomas Adès, who will himself conduct the Britten Sinfonia through works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor (revivals), Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley (world premières).
As part of our Contemporary focus, I spoke to Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer Pontus Lidberg, about his musical choices and his collaborations with contemporary composers. An intimate conversation with a leading voice in contemporary dance.
Jasmin Vardimon talks to Bachtrack about her new PARK, which will tour the UK this Autumn, dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home.
Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves provide the inspiration behind Sally Beamish’s new choral work Equal Voices which receives its première on Sunday 2 November; his words feature heavily in Sir Andrew Motion’s “found poem”, recounting the horrors of the Great War, which Beamish has juxtaposed with passages from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs
new music in new places
“Singers wound their way through the frozen food aisle, followed by musicians trying not to let their instruments topple over any produce.” The performance raised many questions pertaining to place and how composers and performers incorporate the idea of space or venue into their work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Copland, Ravel, Rouse
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin; Robert Langevin
Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer
David Robertson; Tom Morris; Metropolitan Opera; Laura Hopkins; Tom Pye; Michaela Martens; Alan Opie
Schubert, Henze, Larcher, Adams
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Mark Padmore; BBC Symphony Chorus
Wajahat Khan; Allegri Quartet
Elgar, Beethoven, Beamish
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Marcus Farnsworth; Shuna Scott Sendall; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey
Beethoven, MacMillan, Maxwell Davies, Schumann
Gould Piano Trio
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Judith Weir's music didn't have the pride of place it deserved at this miscellaneous collection of music from past and present Masters of the Queen's Music, presented by the Park Lane Group at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller gives a stellar performance of "Das himmlische Leben" to crown Philharmonia Zürich's Mahler 4.
David Robertson carried the Met Orchestra through one of the most brilliantly-conducted performances I’ve witnessed, though the music itself was not always impressive.
Konzert mit dem Glockenschlag: In nur einer Stunde präsentiert Marburg elf Werke, neue Klänge und ungewöhnliche Interpreten.
Chorégraphié en 2001 par la chorégraphe flamande Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Rain est une exploration scientifique de l’articulation entre musique et danse qui s’inscrit dans la continuité des ses premiers travaux. La pièce est présentée par le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris cet automne.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra offered a rich performance of works by Holst, Shostakovich, Grieg and Marquez. Conductor Robert Moody brought out the lyrical side of the orchestra, even if its members were nearly over-shadowed by an over-enthusiastic soloist.
The English String Orchestra present works inspired by nature, colour and life by four contemporary composers.