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In which Questlove makes a plausible attempt to one-up The Rite of Spring. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Jane Freilicher, "Yellow." Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy. Over at WQXR, Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns, and Zachary Woolfe have an excellent wrap-up of the year's highs and lows. Also worth noting is a capacious CD list by George Grella.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Notable Performances and Recordings, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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One of the quiet masters of modern art died today at the age of ninety. "Reality is an activity of the most august imagination...." Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Wall of Sound. The New Yorker, Dec. 15, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Happy Infamy of Virgil Thomson, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
An anonymous reader's review for Kyle Gann's forthcoming book on the "Concord" Sonata: "Frankly, Gann has earned some license to write in whatever style he prefers." Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Alexandra Gardner's Crows appears on the Soli Chamber Ensemble's new record Música, por un tiempo. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This week, the New Republic, which last month marked its hundredth anniversary, fell into disarray. Franklin Foer, its editor, was replaced, and much of the staff resigned in protest. I'm not going to waste time inveighing against the Silicon Valley... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Beginning tomorrow, the Library of Congress will celebrate the centennial of Irving Fine with a panoply of concerts and discussions. For background, read Will Robin and Ethan Iverson.... The ever-formidable Wolfgang Rihm has won the Grawemeyer for IN-SCHRIFT 2, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"Yellow," 2009. Courtesy of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. The great American painter Jane Freilicher turns ninety today. Happy birthday, Jane! There will be a celebration at the Poetry Project on December 12th, with readings and tributes by John Ashbery,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
For whatever it's worth, I've added several new selections to my page of recommended CDs. The first twenty or so are in the running for my best-of-the-year list. My colleagues at the New York Times have supplied gift-buying suggestions; I'd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Brushfires. The New Yorker, Dec. 1, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Recent releases of interest. Ted Hearne, The Law of Mosaics, Andrew Norman, The Companion Guide to Rome; A Far Cry (Crier Records) [Q2 stream here] Lully, Amadis; Cyril Auvity, Judith van Wanroij, Christophe Rousset leading Les Talens Lyriques (Aparté) Fantasticus:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Downtown Shaman. The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Virgil Thomson on the 1952 protests against Don Carlo at the Met: Just for pleasure, and also to impress a visitor from Europe, your announcer dropped in last Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Verdi’s Don... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Strange days at Lincoln Center: according to Robin Pogrebin's Times report, the complex "is essentially paying the [Fisher] family $15 million for permission to drop the name" of Avery Fisher from the main concert hall, so that another donor can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Irish composer has a new album on Ergodos. Above is a piece called GONE, with footage and sound recorded at an abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf, outside Berlin. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Until recently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, Fure will be featured at a Dal Niente Party Concert on Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Bob Shingleton responds to the Mrs. Bach "clickbait fest" by drawing attention to the organist and composer Jeanne Demessieux, in whom Virgil Thomson once heard "music making of the most crystalline and dazzling clarity." Above, the ever-superb Paul Jacobs plays... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I picked up a copy of B. H. Haggin's once popular music-appreciation book, Music for the Man Who Enjoys Hamlet. Published in 1944, it included a record-measuring tool, so that the reader could time musical examples. "Play side 1 to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Lisa Hirsch, whose blog recently celebrated its tenth anniversary (congrats!), has a wise post about this sad episode, avoiding Internet-pile-on mode. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A final indignity for the misbegotten protest against The Death of Klinghoffer: as Michael Cooper reports in the New York Times, ticket sales at the Met, initially sluggish, have picked up as a result of all the media coverage. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise