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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS

Founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and Christopher Stone as ‘an organ of candid opinion for the numerous possessors of gramophones’

New music: innovative and exciting – as always ‘Why is so remarkable a work so difficult to bring off?’ asks RICHARD OSBORNE, author of this month’s Collection. The enigma that is Brahms’s Third Symphony has interested this Gramophone reviewer for more years than he cares to remember, which is rather fortunate considering the hours of listening involved!

Now is an exciting time for new music – but then it generally always is. Occasionally, though, it’s good to shout about it and, because it’s often strongest in different fields at different times, to ask where the light is currently burning brightest. So, rather than try to attempt a survey of all new music, we’ve instead chosen to interview three composers who exemplify the most inspirational work taking place in three specific areas: Eric

‘In relation to the sacred music of the Renaissance, French chanson is very under-represented on disc,’ says FABRICE FITCH, who wrote this month’s Specialist’s Guide. ‘There’s some wonderful music to be discovered and I felt it was important to point out to Gramophone readers how rich this art form can be.’

Whitacre, the West Coast American who has, through his luminous, layered sound and innovative use of new media, encouraged vast new audiences to the choral tradition – itself an area with a great appetite for new music; Sir Harrison Birtwistle, a British composer who, after a half-century-long career, retains an ever-questing thirst for musical exploration; and John Adams, whose ability to turn contemporary context into timeless art has placed a living composer firmly in the consciousness of the wider public, up there among authors, painters, architects – where they should be of course, but sadly often are not. We’ve also used the phrase ‘new music’; not, for example, ‘contemporary classical’. ‘Classical’ is a useful but awkward term; most readers of Gramophone will have an instinctive idea of what it means, but may struggle to define it in a way that embraces the vast

‘Adams’s ability to turn contemporary context into timeless art has placed a living composer firmly in the consciousness of the wider public’

For MICHAEL WHITE, Eric Whitacre’s story – a West Coast American with rock-star status moving in on English choral music and taking it somewhere unexpected – is an interesting development in contemporary classical culture. But on meeting him, he says, the question he most wanted to ask was: ‘What happens next?’

variety of music it includes. It also risks enclosing us behind a barrier, in a way that other contemporary art forms would not do. Whitacre, Adams, Birtwistle. Worthy subjects, but ones which didn’t leave room for exploring so many other geographical and stylistic areas, some of which are happily celebrated among this month’s highlighted releases. Danish composer Poul Ruders; the reflective intensity of Russian Sofia Gubaidulina; Michel van der Aa, a Dutch cross-genre creator whose works entwine music, film and stage;

creator whose works entwine music, film and stage;

and Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara, whose propulsive, mysterious percussion concerto Incantations is explored by the young virtuoso he and Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara, whose propulsive, mysterious percussion concerto Incantations wrote it for, Colin Currie, in The Musician wrote it for, Colin Currie, in The Musician and the Score: it’s our Recording of the Month, and a superb way to crown our celebration of new music.

FOR THE FULL LIST OF GRAMOPHONE REVIEWERS TURN TO PAGE 41

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