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In preparation for the Bard Summerscape presentation of The Wreckers — very much worth seeing, despite the opera's unevenness — I revisited the work of Ethel Smyth on recording: her chamber works, piano music, the Mass in D, and, of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The great Czech pianist died today, at the age of eighty-four. I heard him only once in solo recital, at Carnegie in 2001: Janáček's 1.X.1905, Debussy's Estampes and Pour le piano, Chopin's F-minor Ballade and Preludes. I had the sense... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Susanna Mälkki: "No guilt when it comes to music. There are days when Led Zeppelin is the only right thing to listen to." Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Lisa Hirsch reports the death of the indefatigable Bay Area opera enthusiast Verna Parino, who, in her long life (she was born in 1916), saw no fewer than seventy-six complete performances of Wagner's Ring cycle, on four continents. San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Philip Kennicott on the Kennedy Center Honors: "The Honors have lost their way, and it will take far more than tweaks to the televised ceremony to improve them. What it will take, in fact, is courage, the courage to declare... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Here's an exceptionally useful page on the BBC 3 website: a listing of contemporary works recently broadcast on the channel and available for streaming. I'll be sampling Proms premières, giving a listen to Mark Simpson's The Immortal, and revisiting Pelle... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Rolling Stone ad from 1969, as seen in S. Andrew Granade's book Harry Partch: Hobo Composer. Partch's Delusion of the Fury plays this Thursday and Friday at the Lincoln Center Festival, courtesy of Heiner Goebbels and Musikfabrik. The festival... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Dawn Fatale, at Parterre, pans the self-congratulatory memoirs of Reynold Levy, the former president of Lincoln Center. One might add that the book is riddled with errors: Kurt Masur does not spell his last name with a "z," and I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Inspired by Corymbus and the Overgrown Path. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Back in April, I linked to a notable discovery by the scholar James Schmidt: Adorno's own English translation of his Philosophy of New Music, which turned up in the papers of Virgil Thomson, at Yale. Schmidt has posted, on his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On the seventieth anniversary of the Trinity atomic test, a link to my 2005 piece about John Adams's opera Doctor Atomic. Here on the blog I supplied a photojournal of my visit to the test site. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Micaela Baranello, on operatic depictions of rape: "For all its noble goals, though, this particular strain of directorial revisionism only occasionally concerns itself with women’s agency. It is not insignificant that most of these sexually charged productions were — like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Milanese composer, born in 1970, has an absorbing new CD on the Amirani label: three works for instruments, voices, and electronics, in various configurations. The Difference Engine, composed in 2010-11, is performed by the mezzo Catherine Carter and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
David Sarnoff, in 1966, foresaw a "global communications system of instant sight and sound that would link people everywhere." He also predicted that this futuristic network would become a capitalist bonanza. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Rwandan-Belgian composer, vocalist, and radio artist is currently on tour in the United States; she appears Saturday night at The Wulf, in Los Angeles, and in the Bay Area later in the month. She is known for, among other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Posted by The Dream Unfinished on Monday, July 13, 2015 In advance of The Dream Unfinished, a special concert marking the first anniversary of the killing of Eric Garner by New York City police, musicians give a preview of Jessie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The deep-feeling conductor, harpsichordist, and scholar died in Florence today, at the age of eighty. More: Charles Downey Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A musically lavish edition of the Lincoln Center Festival is now under way. On Wednesday night, Yarn/Wire presents world premières of works by Tristan Murail, Misato Mochizuki, and Raphaël Cendo. Those who are unable to attend can watch a live... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Lassus, Missa super Dixit Joseph and motets; Cinquecento (Hyperion) — Riley, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, Cadenza on the Night Plain, and other works; Kronos Quartet (Nonesuch) — Mario Diaz de León,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The almighty Canadian tenor — the supreme Grimes, the supreme Florestan and Énée, among the greatest of Otellos and Tristans — has died at the age of eighty-eight. He had a voice of sounding steel, but he was never content... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Tom Service, in praise of musical stress: "If reducing stress was the primary driver of musical expression over the centuries, musical culture would not have developed very far or become as meaningful as it is. The levels of emotional intensity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Ann Powers: "Music-focused cinema could provide something radical: a close view of the processes of composing and performing that reveals the work behind what seems, to listeners, like magic. Instead, like almost any other kind of cinema, it tends to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Trinity Wall Street has announced a major, multi-year commissioning project, entitled Mass Reimaginings. In coming seasons, the composers Netsayi, Jonathan Newman, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Julian Wachner, and Daniel Felsenfeld, who is curating the project, will write contemporary responses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Anxious Ease of Apple Music, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On July 17, in New York, there will be a concert entitled “The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights"—a musical response to unabated police violence against people of color. The program will consist of works of William Grant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise