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Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder's Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (MIT Press) is a handsomely illustrated volume devoted not to the incontestable classics of the LP era but to the more utilitarian margins of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The British actor Dirk Bogarde made two famous film appearances portraying composers: as Liszt in Song Without End and as a musicalized version of Gustav von Aschenbach in Visconti's Death in Venice. One might add to the list, with an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A brief memorial at the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Munich-based composer, who swam against the modernist tide of postwar music, has died at the age of eighty-nine. He received little notice outside Germany; I was touched to receive a note from him several years ago after I made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent recordings of interest. Tyshawn Sorey, Verisimilitude; Sorey, Cory Smythe, Chris Tordini (Pi Recordings) [I wrote a brief comment for the New Yorker website] Daniel Lentz, River of 1000 Streams; Vicki Ray (Cold Blue) Poulenc, Choral Works; The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Power Play. The New Yorker, Aug. 21, 2017. Unfortunately, because of a misunderstanding late in the editing process, the print version of the column claims that Peter Sellars compared Nelson Mandela to Leopold II, the Austrian Emperor. The comparison was,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The first article records a visit by the National Opera Company, during its troubled nationwide tour, with an array of operas that included Lohengrin. The second observes the arrival in Omaha of Walter Damrosch, the New York Symphony, and a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The indomitable Flux Quartet, who gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman's gigantic Second Quartet in 1999, repeat the feat at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo on Aug. 8.... ICE will give the American première of Liza Lim's How... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photos courtesy of longtime Noise friend Ara Guzelimian. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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During a visit to the Salzburg Festival, I had time for a short day trip to visit a composer's grave, per morbid habit. I faced a choice between Bruckner in St. Florian or Webern in Mittersill. I sought the advice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Innsbruck. The great Austrian poet is on the lower right. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Meyrianne Héglon as Omphale in Xavier Leroux's Astarté. For the New Yorker website I've written a Cultural Comment on the recent wave of gay-themed operas, with particular attention to productions of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar at the L.A. Philharmonic and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Earle Brown Foundation is bringing its Time Spans Festival to New York Aug. 1-5. It's a fantastic lineup both of ensembles — Talea, Bozzini Quartet, JACK Quartet — and of repertory: recent works of Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Jürg... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Tank Music. The New Yorker, July 24, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website, July 12, 2017. The photograph, which appeared in the program booklet for Toscanini's 1944 Red Cross benefit at Madison Square Garden, is by Sgt. Stanley Smith. It shows a 1943 mission by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Inner Landscape. The New Yorker, July 3 and 10, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Departures and Arrivals. The New Yorker, July 3, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Die Familie Schönberg, 1908. A Cultural Comment on Richard Gerstl for the New Yorker website, June 22, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Magus of Paris. New Yorker, June 26, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Liveright) Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher, eds., "The Rite of Spring" at 100 (Indiana UP) Andrew Talle, Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (Illinois... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the leadership search at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
For organ and brass by Ellen Arkbro Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise