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Judd Greenstein's City Boy appears on the new NOW Ensemble disc Dreamfall. Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The NMC label has issued another in its distinguished series of Birtwistle recordings. The program includes three works from the past decade: the short oratorio Angel Fighter, the antiphonal orchestral piece In Broken Images, and the miniature Virelai. Above is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (featherproof) Rufus Jones, Jr., Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad (Rowman & Littlefield) Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of... Continue reading
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On May 21 and 28, under the auspices of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Talea Ensemble will survey the admirably unpredictable Austrian composer Clemens Gadenstätter.... The Library of Congress, in collaboration with Q2, has made available a host... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Oberlin-based composer has a strong new disc on Mode. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The JACK Quartet plays obscured-distorted-redacted by Amadeus Regucera, a young Bay Area composer. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Parsifal Place, Albuquerque NM. Parsifal Place, Las Vegas NV. Parsifal Place, Apex NC. The corner of Parsifal Place and Lohengrin Place, Bronx NY. Images courtesy of Google Street View. Previously: A Walking Tour of Wagner's New York. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Berlin Philharmonic Searches for a Messiah, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Joel Stein alerts me to this cluster of musical street names in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Arthur Nikisch conducted the Boston Symphony from 1889 to 1893, before moving on to the Budapest Opera and, well, the Berlin Philharmonic.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Wendy Lesser, the editor of The Threepenny Review, notes in a letter to her readers that last year the National Endowment for the Arts withdrew a long-standing grant to the publication, on the grounds that it was "too wedded to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The autograph of Boulez's Structures 1A, from the collection of the pianist Paul Jacobs, is up for auction at Sotheby's. In the same offering, a draft of the opening of Debussy's unfinished opera on The Fall of the House of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On May 29th, the American Symphony will honor George Perle's recent centennial — in a curious conjunction of unalike personalities, this most lyrical and playful of American modernists was born on the same day as Orson Welles — by playing... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
When I wrote about Orson Welles for the New York Times in 1996, I said that The Other Side of the Wind, Welles's unfinished satire of seventies Hollywood, had "returned to friendly hands and should eventually find release." This was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Mercury Theatre's incomparably creepy rendition of Lucille Fletcher's The Hitchhiker, in a version from 1946. Seventeen minutes in, Bernard Herrmann is working out the theme that would become Cape Fear. It was, of course, Welles who launched Herrmann's film-music... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Orson Welles, one of the supreme American artists of the twentieth century, would have been one hundred years old today. He never directed a full-blown opera production, despite numerous invitations to do so (his stagings of Copland's The Second Hurricane... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
High Concept. The New Yorker, May 11, 2015. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In the past couple of years, two significant Wolff releases have appeared, demonstrating the undiminished vitality of the last surviving member of the New York School quartet. One is Philip Thomas's three-CD survey of the piano music, on Sub Rosa;... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Look and Listen Festival unfolds this weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn. So Percussion, the Daedalus Quartet, Talujon, and Miranda Cuckson are among the performers; featured composers include Miya Masoka, Anna Weesner, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Kaija Saariaho, and Tyshawn Sorey... On... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Paroxysm by Chris Pitsiokos and Philip White Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On May 1 I will appear with the Portland ensemble Third Angle, reading some texts in support of a program devoted to West Coast composers, from Henry Cowell to John Luther Adams. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“I like the piece . . . But I’m tired of the mythology, that runic Madame Blavatsky kind of stuff. I’m not interested in a virgin dancing herself to death, you know?” — Mark Morris, on the Rite, to Marina... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Mary Norris, one of The New Yorker's staggeringly brilliant copyeditors, has written a book about the art of fine-tuning the English language. No less than any other writer on the staff, I have happily been schooled by Mary, Ann Goldstein,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Eric Owens, singing Philip II at Opera Philadelphia, asks a pointed question in a Musical America interview: "How would a white person feel being the only white person around constantly in their careers?" Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Anna Clyne sits for her Portrait Concert at Miller Theatre this Thursday. Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim profiles her in the New York Times.... On the same night in Chicago, Ensemble Dal Niente will devote a program to Rebecca Saunders.... At NewMusicBox,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise