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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Harding plays Berlioz

Rameau, Boulez, Berlioz
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding

Music for the millions

Mozart, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms, Ravel, Sibelius, Falla, Fauré, Bartók, Barber, Mascagni, Telson, Brubeck, Piovani
National Orchestra of Belgium; Dirk Brossé; Rhonny Ventat

“Sibelius meets Boulez” – Piano Cavalcade

Sibelius, Boulez, Ravel, Bartók
Jeffrey Means; Emil Holmström; Paavali Jumppannen; Natacha Kudritskaya; Juhani Lagerspetz

Sergei Krylov and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn, Pärt, Saint-Saëns, Bizet
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra; Sergej Krylov

Oundjian conducts Tchaikovsky Five

Borodin, Dean, Tchaikovsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Brett Dean

Spring Awakening

Bella: Spring Awakening
Gergely Vajda; Júlia Hajnóczy; Gyula Rab; Odor Botond; UMZE Chamber Orchestra

Campogrande, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Scriabin

Campogrande, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Scriabin
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Unknown

LCMS Concert: Fidelio Piano Trio & Pre-concert talk

Beethoven, Dwyer, Ravel
Fidelio Piano Quartet
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A fine display of British composing and conducting talent in Birmingham

Ryan Wigglesworth proves a fine interpreter of not only his own work in his return visit to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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Above all borders: Dreams of Eurasia Festival

The first evening of the Eurasia Festival dissolved all invisible and symbolic borders.
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Divine joy: stimulating Knussen, Sibelius and Scriabin from the LPO

Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic framed Leonidas Kavakos’s searching account of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the sensory pleasures of Scriabin.
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Thomas Søndergård and his Welsh forces score a hit with Rachmaninov’s The Bells

In a quirky programme featuring English, Welsh and Russian music the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales began their new season at St David’s Hall showcasing, with mixed results, their composer-in-association Huw Watkins, Elgar and three Russian composers at different stages in their careers.
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Fall for Dance I

New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival opens with performances by Miami City Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, Doug Elkins Choreography, etc. and Che Malambo
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Neoclassical minimalism in Montreal

The National Ballet of Canada opens the Danse Danse festival in Montreal with a triple bill of minimalist neoclassical works.
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Spano Conducts Higdon and Beethoven

With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, contemporary music champion Robert Spano conducted an electrifying perfromance of Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for Orchestra, followed by Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with a bravura perfromance by pianist Jonathan Biss. 
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Youthful vigour and eclectic treats from La Verdi

If the orchestra's playing was marked by poise and balance, so was the programme taken in its entirety. The buoyancy that had prevailed to now brought out the darker hues of Schubert's “Unfinished” Symphony deliciously.
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