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George Benjamin has a fine appreciation in the Guardian. Previously: Boulez at 70, at 75, at 80, at 85. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Symphomania, Will Robin's twenty-four-hour festival of twenty-first-century orchestral music, is under way on Q2. The discovery of the morning has been Georges Lentz's gorgeously hellish Jerusalem (after Blake), a pick by the ever-inquisitive David Robertson.... I'm looking forward to hearing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A rare tribute from a musician to a critic: Riccardo Muti speaks to WFMT's David Polk about the late Andrew Patner, in advance of the Patner Celebration in Chicago tomorrow. Andrew mentioned the music played at the end — Franck's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Kozinn: "Today, newspapers across the country have reduced their staffs of critics and the space they devote to performance coverage, sometimes drastically, and it is not uncommon to hear the culture editors at even prestigious papers wondering—with no apparent realization... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On March 18, the Chicago Symphony will host a Celebration of Andrew Patner.... The twentieth Other Minds festival unfolds in San Francisco this weekend: featured are Don Byron, Frode Haltli, Tigran Mansurian, Miya Masaoka, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, David Tanenbaum,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Composing for Hollywood, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Wizards of Sound. The New Yorker, Feb. 23 and March 2, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Portrait by Tom Bachtell. I can hardly bring myself to write this, because I do not yet accept it, but my dear friend Andrew Patner, one of the wisest, wittiest, most generous, most avid, most altogether vital people in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Eyes and Ears. The New Yorker, Feb. 9, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Bea pays homage to the late Gordon Willis. All praise to NewMusicBox, which goes from strength to strength: Heather Stebbins's posts from Estonia, Tim Rutherford-Johnson on new music and globalization, Eugene Birman on the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.... LA's Jacaranda... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cult Fame and Its Discontents, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A brief preview of this year's Focus! Festival at Juilliard. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A recent clue on Jeopardy. No one got it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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` The New Yorker ends a fifteen-year stint at 4 Times Square. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The New York Philharmonic has announced its 2015-16 season. The principal news is that Esa-Pekka Salonen is beginning a term as composer-in-residence, presiding over a Messiaen series in March of next year and introducing a new large-scale orchestral piece the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Berlin Story. The New Yorker, Jan. 26, 2014. Previously: Love on the March, Harry Kessler, Mann in Love. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Leon Wieseltier: "Every technology is used before it is completely understood. There is always a lag between an innovation and the apprehension of its consequences. We are living in that lag, and it is a right time to keep our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Montage: works of Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman; Gloria Cheng, piano (Harmonia Mundi) — Distance: works of Hindemith, Vasks, Carter, Bach, Krenek, Schumann; James Austin Smith, oboe, with Luís Magalhães, piano, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
I hardly know what to say in response to Sasha Frere-Jones's sweet and generous words in this farewell New Yorker blog post, so I will simply say thanks. By the way, this blog arose very directly from an envy of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The 2015-16 season announcements have begun to trickle in. Of particular interest is Jake Heggie's Great Scott, at the Dallas Opera, next October. I mentioned this opera-about-opera in my profile of Joyce DiDonato; she will play the title character, an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"Le Songe de Wagner," Henry de Groux. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Yes, it's the future mezzo playing the Sonata for Viola Four Hands, S. 440, in conjunction with Robert Levine, who sent the picture along. Now the principal violist of the Milwaukee Symphony and also a contributor at Polyphonic, Robert often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise