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The ninety-six-year-old Roger Angell, whose first vote was for FDR in 1944, says that this election is the most important of his lifetime. There is no reason to doubt him. Also worth reading is the New York Times endorsement of... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Wagnerian canvas by the forgotten Fauvist painter Alcide Le Beau (1873-1943). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent titles of interest. Daniel Bergner, Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family (Lee Boudreaux) Virgil Thomson, The State of Music & Other Writings, ed. Tim Page (Library of America) Michael Marissen, Bach &... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cantos Cautivos is an extraordinary digital archive devoted to music written, sung, and heard in centers for political detention and torture in Chile under the regime of Augusto Pinochet, who seized power on September 11, 1973, with clandestine American support.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Outside Red Cloud, Nebraska. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via the Hezarfen Ensemble. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From the score of Eva-Maria Houben's abgemalt. In my column this week on the wide world of Wandelweiser, I mention Jennie Gottschalk's new book Experimental Music Since 1970 (Bloomsbury). Jennie has built an amazing website called Sound Expanse, which contains... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On September 8, I will give a talk at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The title: "The Schindelmeisser Factor: Willa Cather's First Encounters with Wagner and Wagnerism in Nebraska." Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Silent Song. The New Yorker, Sept. 5, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Benz company produced its Parsifal car from 1902 to 1905. Photo courtesy of Daimler AG. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The latest issue of the journal Music and Literature pays deservingly lavish tribute to the critic, scholar, novelist, and librettist Paul Griffiths. One can read online a wide-ranging interview with Paul, in which he gives an unsparing perspective on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“Art’s a funny thing, doesn’t seem to have any connection with our lives, just gets itself made—and when it is good there’s no time in it at all. Kills time, that’s art. Brings up a lot of old ideas we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — John Adams, Scheherazade.2; Leila Josefowicz, violin, with David Robertson conducting the St. Louis Symphony (Nonesuch, released Sept. 30) — Sibelius, Symphonies Nos. 3, 6, 7; Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra (BIS, released... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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An important, dismaying read: Ethan Iverson on Steinway, John Paulson, and Donald Trump.... Earlier this month, a group led by the composer Ashley Fure unsettled the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music with GRID, or Gender Research in Darmstadt, an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website on the endangered Thomas Mann house in Pacific Palisades and other émigré homes in Los Angeles. Photo: Schoenberg in his garden, from the Schoenberg Center. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
No Exit. The New Yorker, Aug. 22, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent recordings of interest. — Liszt, Transcendental Etudes, Concert Etudes, Grandes Études de Paganini; Daniil Trifonov (DG, released Oct. 7) — Liszt, Transcendental Etudes; Kirill Gerstein (Myrios) — Bacewicz, Complete String Quartets; Silesian Quartet (Chandos) — Kristin Norderval,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In yesterday's New York Times David Segal complained about the arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that is being played at the Olympics in Rio. Ordinarily, I'm all for harmonic analysis in the mainstream press, but the article takes an irritatingly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The German composer, a poet of tense simplicity, will appear at Café Oto, in London, on Aug. 30, playing her works for piano. On CD, Andy Lee's recording of abgemalt, on Irritable Hedgehog, is a good point of departure for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This segment of John Oliver's show Last Week Tonight is far too brutally accurate to get the laughs that it deserves. Even the throwaway jokes are precisely sourced: for example, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution indeed cut its full-time film critic in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Puccini Plus. The New Yorker, July 25, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
At the first public Dada-Soirée, at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, on July 14, 1916, Hugo Ball read aloud his Dada manifesto — "How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada. How does one become famous? By saying dada"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise