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's Dance Editor about her new production of PARK, which tours the UK this Autumn. She also opens up about her vsion for dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home in Ashford
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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Bates, Schumann, Brahms
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Unknown
Adams, Evans, Grainger, Barber, Cage, Glass, Beach, Bernstein, Ginastera, Gershwin
Shani Diluka; Alexander Gatehouse
Hand, Leisner, Riley, York
Frederic Hand; David Leisner; Gyan Riley; Andrew York
Wagner, Boulez, Strauss R., Ravel
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Michel Tabachnik
Haydn, Adams, Stravinsky
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Markus Stenz; Doric String Quartet
Liadov, Stravinsky, Adams
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Alan Gilbert; Leila Josefowicz
Palestrina, Tavener, Pärt, Penderecki, Allegri, Redford
Tom Bullard; Nonsuch Singers
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With a programme spanning from Bach through Schumann, Cage, all the way to Lera Auerbach and David Lang, Hilary Hahn shows she is on top form alongside pianist Cory Smythe.
The first performance of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Day: Pierre Boulez at 90 featured the composer's Piano Sonata no. 2 and Éclat/Multiples.
A UK première, movements from a rarely performed Prokofiev ballet by Prokofiev and a revitalising performance of Petrushka demonstrates the LPO's bold programming.
A Child Of Our Time brought this year's Auckland Arts Festival to a magnificent finish with its message as universal as it was when first composed.
Peter Oundjian and the RSNO perform an imaginative programme airing the varied moods and influences which make up modern America.
Works by Locatelli, Hans Abrahamsen and Tom Coult accompanied Dmitry Sitkovetsky's arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Datong: The Chinese Utopia, a Chinese chamber opera in three acts, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, takes a daring stab at Chinese political history while celebrating the life of a pioneering Chinese feminist.
Shearer’s music is lush, elegant and witty. There is a playful irony that asserts itself.