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Composer: Furrer, Beat (b. 1954)

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Year of birth1954
NationalityAustria
Period20th century
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HamburgEnsemble Resonanz / »bruch«

Furrer, Schoenberg
Peter Rundel; Yeree Suh; Mike Svoboda; Ensemble Resonanz

BerlinVioletter Schnee

Furrer: Violetter Schnee
Matthias Pintscher; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Etienne Pluss; Ursula Kudrna; Anna Prohaska; Elsa Dreisig
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

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Ensemble Amorpha presents a program of new Swiss works at Kings Place

The current state of contemporary classical composition is a bit muddled. There are a wide variety of styles and approaches out there, and no consensus on where the cutting edge is to be found. Ensembles dedicated to performing new music must find a way to make sense of it all.
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Klangforum Wien play music in the space–time continuum, in London

Kings Place’s Out Hear series of contemporary music is second to none in London, but these concerts – though never less than interesting – can also be strangely low-key. In a lot of ways, this Wednesday’s Out Hear concert, the last this season, was quite a big deal: a rare visit to London from leading contemporary ensemble Klangforum Wien, containing a world première.
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The Klangforum Wien bring depth to Cerha and Neuwirth

The Klangforum Wien is such a disciplined ensemble that for them ever to be remotely fazed or challenged by a piece, even those works with Ferneyhough-like unfulfillable demands, is scarcely imaginable.
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Beat Furrer, London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Beat Furrer is one of the biggest names in the European avant garde, honoured in this London Sinfonietta tribute. Furrer founded Klangforum Wien 25 years ago and is a charismatic conductor, so it was good to hear how the London Sinfonietta responded to him.Highlight of the programme was Nuun (1995-6) almost a classic by contemporary music standards.