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The Mexican-English composer has a website here. She is well served by a 2005 Mode disc, which features superb performances by the Arditti Quartet, Ian Pace, Ensemble Modern, and Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart. In 2012 she appeared in Miller Theatre's enduringly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This year's Pulitzer Prize for Music has gone, most deservedly, to John Luther Adams, for Become Ocean. Here is my review of the premiere. I also deeply admired J. C. Adams's Gospel According to the Other Mary, cited as a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Fifth Symphony tonight. Tomorrow Lohengrin. Friday Debussy. Saturday Schnitzler. Sunday Valkyries. Yesterday the Wild Duck. On Sunday I saw Ghosts for 6d: played as a farce. Mr. Wedekind turns out to be a music hall singer: & has coffee at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“‘There’s no such thing as silence,’ [Mr. Erskine] said positively. ‘I can hear twenty different sounds on a night like this without counting your voices.’” — Jacob’s Room “Miss La Trobe stood there with her eye on her script. ‘After... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Analytic philosophy often spreads the atmosphere of denunciation and investigation by committee. The intellectual is called on the carpet. What do you mean when you say ...? Don't you conceal something? You talk a language which is suspect. You don't... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Master Apartments, at 310 Riverside Drive, once housed a museum dedicated to the work of Russian painter and mystic Nicholas Roerich, who, among many other accomplishments, co-wrote the scenario for The Rite of Spring. The building was financed by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Séance. The New Yorker, April 14, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Can a society which is incapable of protecting individual privacy even within one's four walls rightfully claim that it respects the individual and that it is a free society?" — Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Solti Foundation U.S. states that its mission is "to assist talented young American musicians at the start of their professional careers." Since 2004, it has handed out thirty-nine conducting awards; all but one of these have gone to men.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Last month, at the request of El País, Peter Sellars wrote a tribute to the late Gerard Mortier. Here, courtesy of the author, is the English text. Gerard Mortier was a mercurial operatic visionary who transformed the art form—not with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Kyle Gann, at work on a book about Ives's awesome Concord, has been blogging vigorously about the piece. Each post is worth reading and pondering. He's strongly in favor of the 1947 edition of the score, and very strongly opposed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Simon Cummings, of the invaluable 5:4 blog, has a post on the German composer Brigitta Muntendorf, one of this year's Siemens Composer Prize recipients. Tim Rutherford-Johnson, in response, highlights the video above. Mesmerizing. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Reuters: "German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is a household name; 18th-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau isn’t.” Says who? (Via Parterre.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Ernst Busch is seen singing Hanns Eisler's "Der heimliche Aufmarsch," with posthumous support from the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the Ernst Busch Chor. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On April 12, at the Library of Congress, the "President's Own" United States Marine Band will present a program of Stravinsky, Peter Lieberson, Gunther Schuller, and Elliott Carter, with Sibelius and Mozart added as a concession to more traditional tastes.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
An important announcement from King's College Choir. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Provisionally good news out of San Diego: the board of the opera has voted to postpone closure while it considers various options and reviews the company's perplexing financial history. They say they need $10 million to mount a 2015 season.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Danish composer and conductor Asger Hamerik was the longtime director of the Peabody Institute, in Baltimore. In the 1870s, one of his favorite musicians was the poet Sidney Lanier, who served as the Peabody orchestra's principal flute. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Lolita Chakrabarti's play Red Velvet, now playing at St. Ann's Warehouse, is drawing new attention to the great nineteenth-century actor Ira Aldridge, whom I wrote about last year. One historical point should be emphasized: Aldridge was not the first black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
There's an important concert at Miller Theatre on April 10: ICE will dedicate a Composer Portrait to Liza Lim, whose extraordinary piece Tongue of the Invisible made my list of the best recordings of 2013. The composer writes about the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Reading Mark Harris's masterly film history Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War — a counterpart to Annegret Fauser's Sounds of War — led me to watch various of the wartime documentaries (or pseudo-documentaries) that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The most curious passage in Dudley Buck's Concert Variations on "The Star-Spangled Banner," published in 1868. The key signature is B major. The work probably served as a model for Charles Ives's far more daring Variations on "America," composed 1891-92. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The distinguished American composer and organist was employed for a time at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, in Brooklyn Heights — a building that now serves as the chapel of the Packer Collegiate Institute. The St. Ann's congregation later moved to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On Friday, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I will give a lecture entitled "'Big Ballads of the Modern Heart': Sidney Lanier and Early American Wagnerism." This talk is related to the third chapter of my book-in-progress,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise