Contemporary music at the Barbican 2012-13

There’s a healthy swathe of premières and commissioned works announced recently as part of the Barbican’s 2012-13 season.

Turnage

Image credit: Boosey & Hawkes

February 2013 sees a residency from Bad Boy of British music, Mark-Anthony Turnage,  and an evocative-looking programme of music from Japan with a ‘Total Immersion’ concert including works by Takemitsu, Dai Fujikura and Toshio Hosokawa: the latter’s Cloud and Light painted an evocative picture at the Proms back in 2009.

Leonidas Kavakos will be giving the UK première of Osvaldo Golijov’s Violin Concerto; there’s also an eclectic mix from Nico Mulhy, British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, pianist Joanna Macgregor and others, and a a performance of new piece from David Sawer. I went to the première of Sawer’s opera From Morning to Midnight back in 2001, but it seems to have sunk without trace since, although an orchestral suite has been distilled from it for concert programmes.

There’s also Andrew Davis at the helm for Tippett’s mighty Symphony no.4, where the orchestra is joined by the rasping sound effects of sampled breathing in a symphonic meditation on old age,  and a new work by Colin Matthews in a concert also including Boulez’s Notations.

There’s also a piece by Jason Yarde in a programme including John Adams’ white-knuckle ride, Chamber Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

Plenty to whet the appetite: see all the events here.

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