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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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New and recent releases of interest. — Jürg Frey, Collection Gustave Roud; Frey, Stefan Thut, Dante Boon, Andrew McIntosh, Regula Konrad, Stephen Altoft, Lee Ferguson (another timbre) — Björk, Utopia (One Little Indian) — Berlioz, Les Troyens; Joyce DiDonato, Michael... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Regrettably, there is no evidence to back up the claim that Wagner slept with Ludwig II. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Orpheus Resounding. The New Yorker, Nov. 13, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The SAKURA Cello Quintet plays Debussy. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From Georgetown University Library. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Tremors. The New Yorker, Oct. 30, 2017. Above, a video overview of Fure's The Force of Things. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This weekend the ever-innovative Community MusicWorks organization, in Providence RI, is celebrating the music of André Cormier, a Canadian composer affiliated with the Wandelweiser collective. It's a wonderful departure from the norm for an education-oriented initiative to emphasize experimental music....... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via Roger Evans. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Chapter 14 of Wagnerism, addressing Wagner on film, is nearly done. We give thanks for John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. One more remains: Chapter 15, The Wound. The Rest Is Noise was published ten years ago today. Deepest thanks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via Scott Worthington. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Bethany Beardslee and Minna Proctor, I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (Boydell and Brewer) Celia Applegate, The Necessity of Music: Variations on a German Theme (University of Toronto Press) Ijoma Mangold, Das deutsche... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Nicholas Deyoe, Finally, the cylindrical voids tapping along, 1560, Lied/Lied, Immer wieder, Lullaby 6 "for Duane"; WasteLAnd, Ashley Walters, Aperture Duo, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Stephanie Aston (Populist) — Sweet Anxiety: Ashley Walters plays music... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
By, yes, Camille Saint-Saëns. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise