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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 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Downtown Shaman. The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2014. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The Search for Mrs. Bach, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Ustvolskaya, Violin Sonata, Clarinet Trio, Duet; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri (ECM) — Milhaud, L'Orestie d'Eschyle; Lori Phillips, Dan Kempson, Sidney Outlaw, Sophie Delphis, Brenda Rae, Tamara Mumford, Jennifer Lane, Julianna Di Giacomo, Kristin Eder, with Kenneth Kiesler... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Gaku Yamada obtains some astonishing sounds from the guitar in Fukui's color song III. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Kate Soper's The Understanding of All Things, on a Kafka text. Wet Ink, which is currently on tour in Germany, will perform the piece in New York in December. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via the invaluable site Composers Doing Normal Shit, here are remarkable home movies taken by the conductor Artur Rodzinski in the early and mid-nineteen thirties. They have been uploaded to YouTube by his grandson, the film composer Xander Rodzinski. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The latest from Mark Berry. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Last week I traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico, a singularly beautiful old city, to participate in a convocation of critics from various disciplines. This was at the behest of the Cervantino International Festival, which, in its forty-second year, remains one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Long Wake. The New Yorker, Nov. 3, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In advance of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Atonement. The New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2014. In brief: Chaya Czernowin. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Deus Ex Musica. The New Yorker, Oct. 20, 2014. Also in this week's issue, a column on Anna Netrebko at the Met and the NY Phil's Nielsen series. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout. It seems to me that the conduct of the Woodruff Arts Center, and in particular... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Irish composer, currently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, will be featured alongside Chiyoko Szlavnics and Øyvind Torvund at a Yarn/Wire concert at ISSUE Project Room tomorrow night. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise