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A Cultural Comment on Funeral Song, April 25, 2017. Continue reading
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Nordic Fire. The New Yorker, May 1, 2017. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
To Lou, with Love. The New Yorker, April 24, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Rite of Spring. The New Yorker, April 17, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Damon Krukowski, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (The New Press) Pamela M. Potter, Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (University... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Robert Hurwitz, the longtime head of Nonesuch Records, one of the keenest listeners in the recent history of American music, is celebrated with a concert at BAM on April 1. Bob is an avid amateur pianist, and the concert will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Linda Catlin Smith, Drifter and other works; Apartment House, Bozzini Quartet (another timbre) — Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hommage à Daniel Libeskind; Ensemble SurPlus (Neos) — Thomas Adès, Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms; Adès conducting the London Symphony, with Samuel Dale Johnson,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Mazzoli's Death Valley Junction, which can also be heard on a New Amsterdam recording by the Jasper Quartet, was written in honor of the remarkable Marta Becket, the diva of Death Valley, who died in January at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Today is a heartbreaking day at The New Yorker. Ann Goldstein, the head of our copy-editing department, is leaving the magazine after a quietly glorious forty-three-year career. Copy editing — two words — may sound to outsiders like a job... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
L. A. Rhapsody. The New Yorker, March 20, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"At the back of us were great blue spaces in the cloud. But now the colour was going out. The clouds were turning pale; a reddish black colour. Down in the valley it was an extraordinary scrumble of red &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In recent years, orchestra and concert-hall websites have been infected with a virus called What's On. This is a style of divulging concert information that avoids the traditional calendar format and instead presents a horizontal or vertical dribble of events... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A video trailer for Prins's huge PIANO HERO series. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
I'm listening to the Other Minds disc Lexical Music, containing some of Charles Amirkhanian's classic text-sound compositions of the seventies. Church Car is not included, but the video above is a delightful extension of the tradition. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Singing Philosophy. The New Yorker, Feb. 27, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana UP) [available March 2017] Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press) Pauline Fairclough, Classics for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
DRUM MAJOR: Shall I pull your tongue out of your throat and wrap it round your neck? — Wozzeck, Act II Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise