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.
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).
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.
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
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; David Firman; Mary Carewe; Alison Jiear; Sarah Lark; Graham Bickley
Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine
Gabriel Feltz; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Marysol Del Castillo; Götz Schubert; Anne rat Polle
Parra, Rodrigo, Beethoven
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Lorenzo Viotti; Juan Manuel Cañizares
Nono, Harris, Tal, Moroz
Asier Puga; Michael Oliva; Anna Quiroga
Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Woolrich, Britten
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Simon Blendis; Martin Burgess; Leon Bosch; Robert Smissen
Bach, Strauss R., Escaich, Liszt
Beatrice Berrut, Piano
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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.
The Atlanta Symphony, under Robert Spano, share the spotlight with two of its most prominent musicians: David Coucheron and Michael Kurth.
Composer-conductor Gregory Vajda’s Clarinet Symphony glows with extraterrestrial timpani and two clarinets in its world première.m
The Hungarian Nation Ballet presents a stunning programme in which Kyliàn's Black and White masterpieces are paired with Lander's polished Études.
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.