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Guide to contemporary music

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Looking back on 2018
Top 10 Living Women Composers
Talking about gender has become more important than ever. According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. Here, we look at some of the most boundary-pushing female artists working today, from Yoko Ono to Annea Lockwood.
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Accessing the future with Kronos Quartet
“When I was starting out in high school, there was no such thing as African string quartet music”. We speak to David Harrington, founder of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, to discuss the group's Fifty for the Future project, which aims to build a new string quartet repertoire for the 21st century. Find out how the group is helping young string quartets to play Inuit throat music and Egyptian wedding rave.
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LondonMusic of Today: Bryce Dessner

Philharmonia Orchestra
Dessner
Robin O'Neill; Players from the Philharmonia Orchestra

LondonHan-Na Chang conducts Tchaikovsky & Gubaidulina

© Morten Korgvold
Gubaidulina, Tchaikovsky
Philharmonia Orchestra; Han-Na Chang; Daniel Lozakovich

LondonThomas Adès 50th Birthday Concert

© Mathias Benguigui
Sibelius, Adès
London Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Kirill Gerstein; Christianne Stotijn; Sir Simon Keenlyside
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A belated homage to Beethoven’s anniversary by the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony © Aram Boghosian
Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers is sandwiched by two Beethoven symphonies in this final programme in Andris Nelsons' “Spirit of Beethoven” theme.
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Winter balm in the Boston Symphony's “Spirit of Beethoven”

The Boston Symphony Orchestra © Aram Boghosian
Excellent camera work contributed to the transparency and clarity by visualizing the interplay between various instruments and sections in the reduced orchestra, especially the eloquent winds.
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Sydney Dance Company seizes the moment with Impermanence

Sydney Dance Company performs Impermanence © Pedro Greig
SDC delivers this long-awaited world premiere by Rafael Bonachela, featuring a Bryce Dessner score performed to perfection by the Australian String Quartet.
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