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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The Music of Burt Bacharach

Bacharach
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; David Firman; Mary Carewe; Alison Jiear; Sarah Lark; Graham Bickley

Die Hamletmaschine

Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine
Gabriel Feltz; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Marysol Del Castillo; Götz Schubert; Anne rat Polle

Parra, Rodrigo, Beethoven

Parra, Rodrigo, Beethoven
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Lorenzo Viotti; Juan Manuel Cañizares

From the Soundhouse

Nono, Harris, Tal, Moroz
Asier Puga; Michael Oliva; Anna Quiroga

To the Silver Bow

Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Woolrich, Britten
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Simon Blendis; Martin Burgess; Leon Bosch; Robert Smissen

Beatrice Berrut beim Wiener Musikverein - Metallener Saal

Bach, Strauss R., Escaich, Liszt
Beatrice Berrut, Piano
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Noble athleticism at Diablo Ballet

Diablo Ballet tackles Balanchine's Apollo, Tina Kay Bohnstedt's take-off on a Sinatra classic, and Robert Dekkers' mysterious Milieu – once again showing up those larger companies who have unwisely ditched live music. 
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Atlanta Symphony highlights the talents of two of its best

The Atlanta Symphony, under Robert Spano, share the spotlight with two of its most prominent musicians: David Coucheron and Michael Kurth. 
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Sparkling Mitteleuropa fare with Enescu, Vajda and Dvořák in Budapest

Composer-conductor Gregory Vajda’s Clarinet Symphony glows with extraterrestrial timpani and two clarinets in its world première.m
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White, Black – Opposites in Attraction

The Hungarian Nation Ballet presents a stunning programme in which Kyliàn's Black and White masterpieces are paired with Lander's polished Études
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LPO première of Alexander Raskatov's Green Mass

A full-sized LPO première a bewildering new mass setting by Alexander Raskatov that misses the mark and sits uneasily alongside Beethoven's great ode to nature. 
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Millepied's Dance Project's starts 2016 in L.A.

Benjamin Millepied, choreographer for the movie Black Swan, presents his company L.A. Dance Project at the Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts.
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