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From a 1904 essay titled "The Case of Richard Strauss." It might be noted that a lack of direct acquaintance with a work or performer did not necessarily stop Cather from making imperious and persuasive generalizations about it, him, or... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Via Laura Kuhn, by way of George Grella. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Edna O'Brien's novelistic response to the unmasking and trial of Radovan Karadžić is as astonishing and harrowing as everyone says it is. To quote James Wood's review in The New Yorker: "What is extraordinary and unsettling about O’Brien’s novel is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
James Tenney originally wrote Saxony, an ecstatic extrapolation of the natural harmonic series, for one or more saxophones; he also made a brass-quintet version, which went unplayed until WasteLAnd, one of the country's most far-sighted new-music series, presented it in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Jean Martinon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Complete Recordings (RCA) — Morton Gould, The Complete Chicago Symphony Orchestra Recordings (RCA) — Horatiu Radulescu, Piano Sonatas and String Quartets I; Stephen Clarke, JACK Quartet (Mode)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A recording of last year's Luminato Festival production of R. Murray Schafer's Apocalypsis, directed by Jörn Weisbrodt and conducted by David Fallis, has appeared on the Analekta label. At the head of a vast array of performers are Laurie Anderson,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Over the weekend, longtime Noise friend Will Robin, soon to take up a professorship in musicology at the University of Maryland, organized a second Symphomania marathon on WQXR's Q2 — a channel that recently won a well-deserved Peabody award for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
I wish I knew enough to say something intelligent about Prince, the pop colossus who died yesterday at the age of fifty-seven. The show I saw at Madison Square Garden in 2004 — with my husband, a devoted Prince fan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Mode Records has released on the edges, a disc of works by the German composer-cellist Gerald Eckert, born 1960. It comes courtesy of Ensemble Reflexion K, which is based, improbably, in the Baltic Sea resort of Eckernförde, in Schleswig-Holstein a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This year's Pulitzer Prize for music has gone to an unexpected but entirely worthy recipient: the jazz-affiliated composer and reed player Henry Threadgill, for his suite In for a Penny, In for a Pound. Threadgill is a major figure in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Marina Frolova-Walker, Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics (Yale) Peter Dickinson, Words and Music (Boydell and Brewer) Markus Rathey, Bach's Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy (Yale) Laura Kuhn, ed., The Selected Letters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The front portion of the Braxton Trio line at Big Ears. Embrace Everything. The New Yorker, April 25, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I have a peculiar pair of items on the New Yorker website: a Cultural Comment on the most recent lawsuit against Led Zeppelin; and a briefer note about the retirement of James Levine from the Metropolitan Opera, announced today. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Chris Kallmyer, Julia Holter, Lucky Dragons, Rhyolite (Populist) — Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke (ECM) — Anthony Braxton, Compositions Nos. 372, 373, 377; Braxton, Taylor Ho... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The experimental composer, musician, artist, and filmmaker died on April 9th, at the age of seventy-six. He was to have attended the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville two weekends ago — the above picture is of a performance of Outside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The MATA Festival begins tonight in NYC. As in prior years, the lineup is vigorously international, with Ensemble NeoN of Norway and Ensemble Linea from Strasbourg undertaking the better part of the performance duties. Several of the composers are new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Alarm Will Sound has a new disc entitled Modernists, featuring works by Wuorinen, Rihm, Augusta Read Thomas, John Orfe, and Varèse. The lead track is the Beatles' "Revolution 9," in an arrangement by Matt Marks. The Sibelius Seventh doesn't come... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Encrypted. The New Yorker, April 11, 2016. Also: A note about the Ginastera centennial. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"He is not even a little bit of a snob, or if he is, his is a universal, all-comprehensive snobbery that gently and suavely patronizes us all, undeserving creatures that we are." Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Opera Startups. The New Yorker, April 4, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Haydn, Symphonies Nos. 78-81; Ottavio Dantone conducting the Accademia Bizantina (Decca) — The Secret Lover: music of Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Caroline Shaw, etc.; TENET (Avie) — Michael Pisaro and Christian Woolf, Looking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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It's a rich week for music in New York: Andriessen's De Materie is playing at the Armory, in the Heiner Goebbels production, while the entirety of Stockhausen's KLANG is about to resonate through various venues of the Met Museum, including... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In this work, given its première last month at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, two pianists and two vibraphonists use their heartbeats as metronomes. I first heard Wollschleger's music back in 2004, when he was a student at the Manhattan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Francesca Verunelli will be the subject of a Miller Theatre Composer Portrait on April 21. ICE presides. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise