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.
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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). 
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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.
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Inspirations, aspirations and the new PARK

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
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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
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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.

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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Carte blanche à Bruno Mantovani (2)

Mantovani
Claire Désert; Trio Wanderer

Hough plays Beethoven

Kernis, Beethoven, Brahms
San Diego Symphony; Jahja Ling; Stephen Hough

Carte blanche à Bruno Mantovani (3)

Mantovani, Attahir, Jarrell
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Bruno Mantovani; Vincent David; Marc Coppey

Murcof & Vanessa Wagner: Metamorphosis

Cage, Adams, Pärt, Glass, Feldman
Vanessa Wagner, Piano

There is no why here

Molino: There is no why here
Brussels Philharmonic; Andrea Molino; Unknown

Morning Concert II

Beethoven, Giger, Shostakovich
Trio Rafale; Maki Wiederkehr; Daniel Meller; Flurin Cuonz

Philoctetes

Klusák: Philoctetes
Marko Ivanović; Jiří Nekvasil; National Moravian-Silesian Theatre; Simona Rybáková; Daniel Dvořák; Roman Janál; Jana Wallingerová

La Machine de Trurl

Dukas, Zavaro
Jean Deroyer; Eric Génovèse
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The Pallor of Dorian Gray

A Slovak opera import brings brilliant music weighed down by dreary staging to the Prague Spring Festival. 
 
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Pauline Oliveros and ICE collaboration

Such careful conveyance from both performers and composer fostered the sort of “deep listening” Pauline Oliveros has encouraged throughout her decades-long career.
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Bravura and bonhomie in Chicago

Yo-Yo Ma joined forces with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an afternoon of French chamber music
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Silent Night draws strength from its all-Canadian cast

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.
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Françoise-Green Piano Duo at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

Piano duo Antoine Françoise and Robin Green perform a challenging, innovative and entertaining lunchtime recital.
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Water Reflections: Hélène Grimaud

A fascinating recital from Hélène Grimaud at the Barbican balanced a first half sequence exploring works with an aquatic theme against some monumental Brahms. 
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Welser-Möst and Tetzlaff score a hit

Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Hindemith’s Konzertmusik round out a very satisfying concert.
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Rambert: Dark Arteries with Tredegar Town Band

Brass bands and balletic phrases formed part of Rambert's new mixed bill at Sadler's Wells, which also including the world premiere of Mark Baldwin's big and bold celebration of Welsh mining tradition.
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