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Guide to Contemporary Music: Concerts, Reviews and Interviews

October feature

Contemporary Focus

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.
contemporary opera

Leigh Warren

In August, Philip Glass' “portrait operas” were presented as a cycle in Adelaide, revived by Leigh Warren who took time to talk to Bachtrack about the what makes Glass’ works so great, as well as about the challenges inherent in staging these operas.
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Dancing to the music of Thomas Adès

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). 
choreographer's interview

Pontus Lidberg: On Music for Dance

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.
choreographer's interview

Jasmin Vardimon : Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

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.
beamish première

Sally Beamish world première for LSO

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

Composers, Performers and Space

“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.
Contemporary Focus 2014: Colin Matthews © Fiona Garden
Contemporary Focus 2014: Colin Matthews
Fiona Garden
Contemporary Focus 2014: Joby Talbot © Johan Persson
Contemporary Focus 2014: Joby Talbot
Johan Persson
David Lang: Interviews, events and reviews © Peter Serling
David Lang: Interviews, events and reviews
Peter Serling
Contemporary Focus 2014: Julian Anderson © Maurice Foxall
Contemporary Focus 2014: Julian Anderson
Maurice Foxall
Composers Project: Kaija Saariaho Interview
Composers Project: Kaija Saariaho Interview
Contemporary Focus 2014: Oliver Rudland © Jermone Woodwark
Contemporary Focus 2014: Oliver Rudland
Jermone Woodwark
Composers Project: Unsuk Chin Interview © Eric Richmond
Composers Project: Unsuk Chin Interview
Eric Richmond
Composers Project: Anna Meredith Interview
Composers Project: Anna Meredith Interview
Composers Project: Johannes Staud Interview © Jonathan Irons
Composers Project: Johannes Staud Interview
Jonathan Irons
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Copland, Rouse, and Boléro

Copland, Ravel, Rouse
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin; Robert Langevin

The Death of KlinghofferNew production

Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer
David Robertson; Tom Morris; Metropolitan Opera; Laura Hopkins; Tom Pye; Michaela Martens; Alan Opie

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gardner

Schubert, Henze, Larcher, Adams
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Mark Padmore; BBC Symphony Chorus

The Little Big Chest

Broadley: The Little Big Chest
Dutch National Ballet

Wajahat Khan & Allegri String Quartet

Beethoven, Khan
Wajahat Khan; Allegri Quartet

Equal Voices

Elgar, Beethoven, Beamish
London Symphony Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda; Marcus Farnsworth; Shuna Scott Sendall; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey

London Chamber Music Society presents: Gould Piano Trio

Beethoven, MacMillan, Maxwell Davies, Schumann
Gould Piano Trio

Mozart's Requiem

Mozart, Pärt
Amsterdam Sinfonietta; Daniel Reuss; Cappella Amsterdam; Carolyn Sampson; Anna Stéphany; Thomas Walker
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Masters of the Queens Music at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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. 
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In praise of the here and now in Zurich

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller gives a stellar performance of "Das himmlische Leben" to crown Philharmonia Zürich's Mahler 4. 
***11
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Stunning Met production of The Death of Klinghoffer

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. 
****1
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Manhattan Research

Konzert mit dem Glockenschlag: In nur einer Stunde präsentiert Marburg elf Werke, neue Klänge und ungewöhnliche Interpreten.
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Rain (De Keersmaeker) , Palais Garnier

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.
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TSO sparkles despite flashy soloist debut

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.
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Evocative contemporary string music from the ESO

The English String Orchestra present works inspired by nature, colour and life by four contemporary composers.
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LA Dance Project in NY

Ivan Talijancic discusses L.A. Dance Project's New York debut, a Millepied - Peck - Forsythe mixed bill.
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