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High Concept. The New Yorker, May 11, 2015. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In the past couple of years, two significant Wolff releases have appeared, demonstrating the undiminished vitality of the last surviving member of the New York School quartet. One is Philip Thomas's three-CD survey of the piano music, on Sub Rosa;... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Look and Listen Festival unfolds this weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn. So Percussion, the Daedalus Quartet, Talujon, and Miranda Cuckson are among the performers; featured composers include Miya Masoka, Anna Weesner, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Kaija Saariaho, and Tyshawn Sorey... On... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Paroxysm by Chris Pitsiokos and Philip White Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On May 1 I will appear with the Portland ensemble Third Angle, reading some texts in support of a program devoted to West Coast composers, from Henry Cowell to John Luther Adams. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“I like the piece . . . But I’m tired of the mythology, that runic Madame Blavatsky kind of stuff. I’m not interested in a virgin dancing herself to death, you know?” — Mark Morris, on the Rite, to Marina... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Mary Norris, one of The New Yorker's staggeringly brilliant copyeditors, has written a book about the art of fine-tuning the English language. No less than any other writer on the staff, I have happily been schooled by Mary, Ann Goldstein,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Eric Owens, singing Philip II at Opera Philadelphia, asks a pointed question in a Musical America interview: "How would a white person feel being the only white person around constantly in their careers?" Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Anna Clyne sits for her Portrait Concert at Miller Theatre this Thursday. Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim profiles her in the New York Times.... On the same night in Chicago, Ensemble Dal Niente will devote a program to Rebecca Saunders.... At NewMusicBox,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Congratulations to Julia Wolfe, who has won the Pulitzer Prize for her work Anthracite Fields. A recording is forthcoming from Cantaloupe Records, which, as Michael Cooper points out, will have released two Pulitzer-winning pieces in a row. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"'You're painting the sails very black,' said Stanfield, and Turner answered, 'If I could find anything blacker than black I'd use it.'" — Philip Gilbert Hamerton, The Life of J. M. W. Turner Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Mad Scenes. The New Yorker, April 27, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Szymański, Pieces for String Quartet, Mykietyn, String Quartet No. 2; Royal String Quartet (Hyperion) — Gesualdo, Tenebrae Responsoria; Philippe Herreweghe conducting the Collegium Vocale Gent (Outhere) — Mahler, Symphony No. 8, Wagner Overtures;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Mark Swed, in the LA Times, recently noted a shortage of American orchestral tributes to Pierre Boulez in his ninetieth-birthday year. The New York Philharmonic, Boulez's former base, programmed nothing by him this season; likewise the LA Phil. Instead, as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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John Adams will lead Leila Josefowicz and the Cincinnati Symphony in his striking new work Scheherazade.2 next week. The dedicated page on the Cincinnati's website provokes a wry smile. Adams is at least sufficiently well known that his name gets... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The scholar James Schmidt has made a fascinating discovery: the lost mansucript of Theodor W. Adorno's own translation of his Philosophie der neuen Musik has turned up in the papers of Virgil Thomson, at Yale. Adorno and Thomson occasionally exchanged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Surround Sound. The New Yorker, April 20, 2015. Image: John Singer Sargent, "Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver." Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Listen to the Future, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A sign from Bruges. Next week the MATA Festival returns to NYC, with finely varied programs ranging from Sweden (Malin Bång) to Iran (Idin Samimi Mofakham). Ensembles include the Curious Chamber Players, the Momenta Quartet, and the brawny boys of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New titles of interest. — Philip Glass, Words without Music (Norton) — Sarah Barbedette, ed., Pierre Boulez (Actes Sud) — Gary Tomlinson, A Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity (Zone) — Nigel Simeone and John Tyrrell, eds.,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Postscript, on the New Yorker website. More: William Braun, Will Crutchfield, Nicholas Kenyon. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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An oblique view, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This Betty Freeman image, captured in 1992, appears in an online collection of Los Angeles Philharmonic photos. One senses that the conversation is off to an awkward start; perhaps it will warm up shortly. All three men had associations with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise