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
new music in new places

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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LondonSteve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians

Reich
The Colin Currie Group; Synergy Vocals

PragueKaunas State Choir

Tallis, Martinů, Debussy, Matsushita, Górecki, Naujalis, Balsys, Bražinskas, Barkauskas, Augustinas, Miskinis, Čiurlionis
Petras Bingelis; Kaunas State Choir

GlasgowEdinburgh Quartet // New Horizons

Mozart, MacMillan, Dvořák
Edinburgh Quartet

CologneSymphony Concert 10

Manoury, Mozart
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne; François-Xavier Roth; Sophie Karthäuser

New York CityMelody Moore, Robert Mollicone

Rossini, Puccini, Donaudy, Boulanger, Strauss R., Weill, Bacharach
Melody Moore; Robert Mollicone

EdinburghEdinburgh Quartet // New Horizons

Mozart, MacMillan, Dvořák
Edinburgh Quartet
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Morlot impresses in rare Sibelius with the CBSO

A programme based around aquatic themes visited the choppy waters of Scandinavia and the calmer tides of the Mediterranean before plumbing the shallows of an unfathomable recent work.  
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Foot on the accelerator: speedy Rachmaninov in Basingstoke

This Anvil concert revealed a “two sides of the same coin” quality from an illustrious orchestra that left a mixed, but mostly favourable impression.
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Moscow Gold in Birmingham: stunning Shostakovich

A programme steeped in the cultural experience of 20th-century Russia offered intrigue, thrills and a surprising dash of humour.
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Reflections on fallen men: Mark Padmore at Wigmore Hall

Mark Padmore's fine Wigmore Hall recital could have borne the title The Fallen Man as two of the works chart the downfall of men, albeit in very different ways. 
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Pleasure: A refreshing operatic experience

So many things are right about Mark Simpson's new opera Pleasure, receiving its London debut at the Lyric Hammersmith.
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Sydney Symphony tackles Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

Sydney's Indian Summer brightened by Russian themes. 
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