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Tank Music. The New Yorker, July 24, 2017. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website, July 12, 2017. The photograph, which appeared in the program booklet for Toscanini's 1944 Red Cross benefit at Madison Square Garden, is by Sgt. Stanley Smith. It shows a 1943 mission by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Inner Landscape. The New Yorker, July 3 and 10, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Departures and Arrivals. The New Yorker, July 3, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Die Familie Schönberg, 1908. A Cultural Comment on Richard Gerstl for the New Yorker website, June 22, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Magus of Paris. New Yorker, June 26, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Liveright) Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher, eds., "The Rite of Spring" at 100 (Indiana UP) Andrew Talle, Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (Illinois... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the leadership search at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
For organ and brass by Ellen Arkbro Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Lisa Bielawa has written an imaginative TV/video opera entitled Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser, unfolding in twelve episodes. They will go online tomorrow at KCET and LinkTV, and the series will have its broadcast premiere on June... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Well, we can always hope. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Heyman, one of Scriabin's most energetic American champions (and an early influence on the peculiar cosmology of Ezra Pound), was herself a prolific composer; her music might be worth exploring. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest, in Steve Smith style. — James Weeks, Mala Punica; Exaudi (Winter & Winter) — BEYOND: Daníel Bjarnason, Qui Tollis; Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aura; Christopher Cerrone, Memory Palace; Ellen Reid, Fear-Release; Andrew McIntosh, I Hold the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Alas, no recording seems to exist of this extraordinary music from Huré's La Cathédrale, in which all twelve notes of the chromatic scale sound simultaneously, in advance of Berg's Altenberg Lieder (though not, to be sure, of Jean-Paul-Égide Martini's Sapho).... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“Because this year has not brought an improvement in art criticism, I forbid once and for all the continuance of art criticism in its past form, effective as of today. From now on, the reporting of art will take the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The music of Chaya Czernowin, whose immensely powerful new opera Infinite Now I review in this week's issue of The New Yorker, is well represented on records. At the center of her discography are four discs on the Mode label:... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cataclysm. The New Yorker, May 15, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Kurtág, Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw conducting Asko / Schönberg and the Netherlands Radio Choir (ECM) — Katharina Rosenberger, SHIFT and other works; wasteLAnd and Rage Thormbones (hat art)... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise