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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Rameau, Boulez, Berlioz
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding
Mozart, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Pachelbel, Brahms, Ravel, Sibelius, Falla, Fauré, Bartók, Barber, Mascagni, Telson, Brubeck, Piovani
National Orchestra of Belgium; Dirk Brossé; Rhonny Ventat
Sibelius, Boulez, Ravel, Bartók
Jeffrey Means; Emil Holmström; Paavali Jumppannen; Natacha Kudritskaya; Juhani Lagerspetz
Mendelssohn, Pärt, Saint-Saëns, Bizet
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra; Sergej Krylov
Borodin, Dean, Tchaikovsky
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Brett Dean
Bella: Spring Awakening
Gergely Vajda; Júlia Hajnóczy; Gyula Rab; Odor Botond; UMZE Chamber Orchestra
Campogrande, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Scriabin
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Unknown
Beethoven, Dwyer, Ravel
Fidelio Piano Quartet
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Ryan Wigglesworth proves a fine interpreter of not only his own work in his return visit to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The first evening of the Eurasia Festival dissolved all invisible and symbolic borders.
Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic framed Leonidas Kavakos’s searching account of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the sensory pleasures of Scriabin.
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.
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
The National Ballet of Canada opens the Danse Danse festival in Montreal with a triple bill of minimalist neoclassical works.
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.