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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BergenSenza sangue, Bluebeard's Castle - Cancelled performance

Eötvös, Bartók
Péter Eötvös; Eva-Maria Melbye; Bergen National Opera; Anne Sofie von Otter; Russell Braun; Andrea Meláth; Gábor Bretz

CopenhagenThe Fool

Hind, Oehring, Rønsholdt, Thomas
Loré Lixenberg; Tanja Zapolski; Stefan Baur; Ying-Hsueh Chen

BerlinMorning and Eveningnew production

Haas: Morgen und Abend
Michael Boder; Graham Vick; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Richard Hudson; Sarah Wegener; Helena Rasker; Will Hartmann

StockholmLotus blossom

Hosokawa, Harvey, Schumann
Kaspars Putniņš; Swedish Radio Choir

HanoverThree is a party

Wagner, Various, Glass
Nils Christe; Jiří Bubeniček; Jörg Mannes; Ballett der Staatsoper Hannover; Garrett Keast; Kelly God; Brigitte Hahn; Annemarie Herfurth

LeedsPleasure

Simpson: Pleasure
Nicholas Kok; Tim Albery; Opera North; Leslie Travers; Lesley Garrett; Psappha
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Inspired by Shakespeare: composers turn to the sonnets in Manchester

Manchester flies the flag again for contemporary music as young composers put the BBC Philharmonic through their paces in a bracing programme of Shakespeare-inspired commissions.
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Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala

“If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” There was certainly plenty of Shakespeare-inspired music on the bill for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's celebration of The Bard. 
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Polished Glass from Bruckner Orchester Linz

A mixed evening at Cadogan Hall, with Philip Glass' Ninth Symphony emerging much more strongly than some stodgy Beethoven. 
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A special treat in Istanbul: Penderecki by Penderecki

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra had the privilege of playing three works of Krzysztof Penderecki under the composer's own baton.
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Mixed messages and mixed results in Tallinn

The Estonian Music Days end with a recital of choral music that often proved challenging, but not in a good way. 
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Alsop and Baltimore Symphony promote healing through music

Marin Alsop led the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Saturday evening in the New York première of Kevin Puts and James Bartolomeo’s The City and a valiantly led execution of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
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