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Palace Intrigue. The New Yorker, Feb. 26, 2018. Continue reading
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Lully, Alceste; Judith Van Wanroij, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Ambroisine Bré, Douglas Williams, Étienne Bazola, Bénédicte Tauran, Lucía Martín Cartón, Enguerrand de Hys, Christophe Rousset conducting Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur (Aparte) Claude Balbastre, Pièces... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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LULU: Although for my sake a man may kill himself or kill others, my value still remains what it was. — Lulu Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The 2018-19 season announcements for American orchestras have, for the most part, presented a bleakish picture of the state of the art. One index of backward thinking is a lack of female composers. If an orchestra is programming few female... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Making the Wall Disappear, New Yorker website, Jan. 31, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
New World. The New Yorker, Feb. 5, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The second edition of the Co-incidence Festival, an experimental-music gathering in Somerville MA, begins today and continues through Jan. 27. Michael Pisaro was the resident artist last year; he returns, but yields the spotlight to Joachim Eckert, who will stage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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) New releases of interest, in the manner of Steve Smith. — Debussy, The Complete Works (Warner Classics) — George Walker, Symphony No. 5, "Visions"; Ian Hobson conducting the Sinfonia Varsovia (Albany) — Cage, Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Wolff,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Und von liehte vinster, for bassoon and string quartet (2012), takes its title from the Middle High German of Meister Eckhart: "On earth, this entrance [to divine nature] is nothing but pure detachment, and when the detachment reaches its climax,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A fiftieth-birthday present to myself: an overlong, often unreadable, but nevertheless continuous first draft of my third book, Wagnerism: Art in the Shadow of Music. Minnie and Bea are warily supportive. Previously: Benchmark, Birthday poem. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
No Ordinary Time. The New Yorker, Jan. 15, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Field Guide to Star Wars Leitmotifs, on the New Yorker website, Jan. 3, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The People That Walked in Darkness. The New Yorker, Jan. 1, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, vol. 5. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Admirers of the perpetually beleaguered art of Richard Wagner will be relieved to know that Donald Trump evidently has a low opinion of the composer. The passage above, dated Sept. 25, 1987, appears in Tina Brown's addictively absorbing Vanity Fair... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Warmest birthday wishes to the German-born soprano Hilde Zadek, who turned one hundred yesterday. She was honored at the Vienna State Opera, where she once sang alongside Schwarzkopf and della Casa in the company's famed postwar ensemble; Christa Ludwig, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Nico Muhly's third opera, Marnie, can be heard on BBC 3. It arrives at the Met next season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
At the New Yorker website may be found my list of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2017. The Rest Is Noise Person of the Year is Tyshawn Sorey. Oh, do not ask, "What is it?" Let us go and listen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo by Adam Crane. Esa-Pekka Salonen, seen above on the Santa Monica beach in 2008, will be the subject of a Total Immersion program at the Barbican on Sunday. The day will culminate in BBC Symphony performances of Wing on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
True West. The New Yorker, Dec. 11, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Michael Cooper reports in the New York Times that three men have now come forward with allegations that James Levine sexually abused them when they were teenagers. The Met has responded by suspending the conductor from all future engagements at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I have begun compiling my end-of-year list of notable performances and recordings. The following recordings will appear on it: Tyshawn Sorey, Verisimilitude (Pi) Divine Theatre: works of Giaches de Wert; Stile Antico (Harmonia Mundi) Bach, Solo Cello Suites; Thomas Demenga... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Michael Pisaro playing Pauline Oliveros's Bye Bye Butterfly. On Nov. 30, the Talea Ensemble will come to the Italian Academy in NYC to give the American première of FACE, a major new seventy-minute voice-and-ensemble work by Pierluigi Billone, one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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My beloved great-aunt Cleo died on Monday at the age of ninety-eight. She would not have approved of any sort of elaborate memorial; she wished to depart with a minimum of fuss. Still, I feel compelled to pay tribute to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise