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A final indignity for the misbegotten protest against The Death of Klinghoffer: as Michael Cooper reports in the New York Times, ticket sales at the Met, initially sluggish, have picked up as a result of all the media coverage. In... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Search for Mrs. Bach, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Ustvolskaya, Violin Sonata, Clarinet Trio, Duet; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri (ECM) — Milhaud, L'Orestie d'Eschyle; Lori Phillips, Dan Kempson, Sidney Outlaw, Sophie Delphis, Brenda Rae, Tamara Mumford, Jennifer Lane, Julianna Di Giacomo, Kristin Eder, with Kenneth Kiesler... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Gaku Yamada obtains some astonishing sounds from the guitar in Fukui's color song III. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Kate Soper's The Understanding of All Things, on a Kafka text. Wet Ink, which is currently on tour in Germany, will perform the piece in New York in December. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via the invaluable site Composers Doing Normal Shit, here are remarkable home movies taken by the conductor Artur Rodzinski in the early and mid-nineteen thirties. They have been uploaded to YouTube by his grandson, the film composer Xander Rodzinski. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The latest from Mark Berry. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Last week I traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico, a singularly beautiful old city, to participate in a convocation of critics from various disciplines. This was at the behest of the Cervantino International Festival, which, in its forty-second year, remains one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Long Wake. The New Yorker, Nov. 3, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In advance of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Atonement. The New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2014. In brief: Chaya Czernowin. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Deus Ex Musica. The New Yorker, Oct. 20, 2014. Also in this week's issue, a column on Anna Netrebko at the Met and the NY Phil's Nielsen series. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout. It seems to me that the conduct of the Woodruff Arts Center, and in particular... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Irish composer, currently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, will be featured alongside Chiyoko Szlavnics and Øyvind Torvund at a Yarn/Wire concert at ISSUE Project Room tomorrow night. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Mark Padmore, the Evangelist, is already seated on stage as the crowd files in. A review of the Berlin Philharmonic's extraordinary St. Matthew Passion seems at this stage almost superfluous, but I'll have one a week from Monday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A welcome sight at the corner of Seventh and Fifty-seventh. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
St. Louis protest Last night at Powell Hall in St. Louis, just before a St. Louis Symphony performance of Brahms's German Requiem, a group of protesters staged a peaceful demonstration tied to the killing of young Michael Brown in Ferguson,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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To be filed with my I've Got Mahleria button. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Atlanta Symphony musicians are holding an event tonight outside the Woodruff Center, where they have been locked out by a management that seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the recent debacle of the Minnesota Orchestra. Meanwhile, John Adams,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Judah Adashi, of the Peabody Institute, has put together a program of ground-bass works across the centuries, to transpire on Sept. 30 at Peabody. It includes his beguiling new piece my heart comes undone, inspired by a phrase of Björk's.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The score of Zohar Iver can be seen here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The remarkable New Zealand singer-songwriter Peter Jefferies is touring the U.S. for the first time since 1994. I wrote about him in my 1995 survey of New Zealand rock. Update: Sadly, Peter Jefferies has been denied entry to the United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise