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New releases of interest. — Bach, Christmas Oratorio; John Butt leading the Dunedin Consort (Linn) — Bach, French Suites; Murray Perahia, piano (DG) — Bach, Partitas; Jory Vinkour, harpsichord (Sono Luminus) — Mozart, Don Giovanni; Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Mika... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Richard Taruskin, Russian Music at Home and Abroad (University of California) R. Howard Bloch, One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern (Liveright) Christopher Fifield, Hans Richter... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The experimental master has died at the age of eighty-four. Listen again to I of IV, preferably at immense volume. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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When I wrote last summer about the uncertain future of the Thomes Mann house, I heard from the composer and new-music stalwart Charles Amirkhanian, who informed me of a similar situation affecting the former home of the great experimental composer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo from Death Valley National Park, 2013. "You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, '98," Donald Trump said yesterday in a meeting with the New York Times. He seemed to have in mind the official world-record temperature that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I will be part of the multitudinous cavalcade of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, at the City Winery in NYC. My contribution will be a short discourse on Sibelius. On Dec. 8, at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Members of ELISION will perform Cassidy's work at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Nov. 22, alongside Liza Lim's How Forests Think. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Last summer I wrote about the threat of demolition hanging over the Thomas Mann villa in Pacific Palisades, the place where Doctor Faustus was written. At the end of a frightening week, the happy news arrives that the German government... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Igor Stravinsky's long-lost 1909 work Funeral Song, whose orchestral parts were recently rediscovered in St. Petersburg, will have its modern-day première on Dec. 2, at the Mariinsky Theatre, with Valery Gergiev conducting. The performance will be carried live on Medici.tv... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Composer's Début, at the Philharmonic. The New Yorker, Nov. 21, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On the New Yorker web site, a follow-up Death Valley piece about the Timbisha Shoshone people and their connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Nothing seems less relevant at the moment, but I thought I'd offer a few more thoughts and pictures related to the Death Valley article that appeared in last week's issue of The New Yorker — the one that said "Oh,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Desert Bloom. The New Yorker, Nov. 14, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Electronic Music (1965 - 1966) by Pauline Oliveros The 1966 electronic masterpiece I of IV. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The new-music radio channel Q2 has asked me participate in a series called "Current Obsessions," in which I select one work a week for broadcast. The first is Jürg Frey's String Quartet No. 3, which I wrote about in my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
See especially the bit at 10:00. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Sudden Shadow. The New Yorker, Nov. 7, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Three new or newish operas can be seen in Chicago in the next week or so, as WFMT notes: Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman, Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, and Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters.... This weekend the Stony Brook Symphony,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On November 5, at the Barbican in London, I will give a lecture on the West Coast origins of minimalism, in conjunction with the Barbican's weekend celebration of Steve Reich. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise