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
new music in new places

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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Lidholm, Sibelius, Shostakovich

Lidholm, Sibelius, Shostakovich
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; David Afkham

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

Symphony Concert 01

Schoenberg, Boulez, Bruckner
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne; François-Xavier Roth

Campogrande, Williams

Campogrande, Williams
Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi; Erina Gambarini; Simone Pedroni

Papagena femals vocal quartet

Bingen, Purcell, Lang, Heap, Wallen
Papagena

Anna Larsson and Michael Schade

Birtwistle, Mahler
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Anna Larsson; Michael Schade

Lunchtime Recital - GMT Brass Ensemble

Williams, Foster, Koetsier
GMT Brass Ensemble

Ekaterina Gumenyuk - Piano

Sogny, Ravel, Chopin, Liszt
Ekaterina Gumenyuk, Piano
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Bold programming impresses at Presteigne Festival

A concert built on the work of composers from Britain, Finland and Latvia formed a rewarding programme of choral, vocal and orchestral music with several gems. 
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Choir of Royal Holloway stir the emotions

Love and Passion provide a vibrant theme for an enterprising choral concert given by the Choir of Royal Holloway. 
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Modern Merriment in Ostrava

Spirits ran high and the music captivated record crowds at this year's Ostrava Days New and experimental Music Festival.
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Discipline and power from the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas

The Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas tackled a brooding Romantic programme in a showcase of impressive power.
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A spectacular Rite from the Bergen Philharmonic

A colourful concert from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton, which included two world premières and the fourth Proms appearance of Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova.
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Thrilling Adams and Mahler from MTT

Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony electrify Edinburgh with Mahler 1. 
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Mystical motherhood at Grimeborn

A double bill from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Tarik O'Regan gives us two unsettling portraits of women whose lives have been indelibly touched by the eternal: an unamed Victorian medium, and the Virgin Mary. 
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Prom 55: SWR and Roth in a first and final Proms hurrah

For their first and last ever visit to the Proms, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg and François-Xavier Roth gave a thrilling concert of 20th-century masterpieces, celebrating a rich history of creative inspiration.
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