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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Kernis, Beethoven, Brahms
San Diego Symphony; Jahja Ling; Stephen Hough
Mantovani, Attahir, Jarrell
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Bruno Mantovani; Vincent David; Marc Coppey
Cage, Adams, Pärt, Glass, Feldman
Vanessa Wagner, Piano
Molino: There is no why here
Brussels Philharmonic; Andrea Molino; Unknown
Beethoven, Giger, Shostakovich
Trio Rafale; Maki Wiederkehr; Daniel Meller; Flurin Cuonz
Marko Ivanović; Jiří Nekvasil; National Moravian-Silesian Theatre; Simona Rybáková; Daniel Dvořák; Roman Janál; Jana Wallingerová
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A Slovak opera import brings brilliant music weighed down by dreary staging to the Prague Spring Festival.
Such careful conveyance from both performers and composer fostered the sort of “deep listening” Pauline Oliveros has encouraged throughout her decades-long career.
Yo-Yo Ma joined forces with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an afternoon of French chamber music
Silent Night by Kevin Puts closes L'Opéra de Montréal's 2014-2015 season and is notable for revealing a formidable all-Canadian cast of principals.
Piano duo Antoine Françoise and Robin Green perform a challenging, innovative and entertaining lunchtime recital.
A fascinating recital from Hélène Grimaud at the Barbican balanced a first half sequence exploring works with an aquatic theme against some monumental Brahms.
Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Hindemith’s Konzertmusik round out a very satisfying concert.