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Composer: Furrer, Beat (b. 1954)

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Year of birth1954
NationalityAustria
Period20th century
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SalzburgThe Tallis Scholars · Phillips · Klangforum Wien

Furrer, Victoria
Peter Phillips; Tallis Scholars; Katrien Baerts; Eva Furrer; Klangforum Wien

Salzburgösterreichisches ensemble für neue musik · Ollu

Huber, Furrer
Franck Ollu; œnm. oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik

ViennaMahler: Symphonie Nr. 3World premiere

Furrer, Mahler
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Cornelius Meister; Wiener Singakademie; Wiener Sängerknaben; Alice Coote
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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

Klangforum Wien  ©  Lukas Beck
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

Klangforum Wien,  ©  Lukas Beck
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

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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.