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In advance of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met. Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 2 days ago 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
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Mark Padmore, the Evangelist, is already seated on stage as the crowd files in. A review of the Berlin Philharmonic's extraordinary St. Matthew Passion seems at this stage almost superfluous, but I'll have one a week from Monday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A welcome sight at the corner of Seventh and Fifty-seventh. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
St. Louis protest Last night at Powell Hall in St. Louis, just before a St. Louis Symphony performance of Brahms's German Requiem, a group of protesters staged a peaceful demonstration tied to the killing of young Michael Brown in Ferguson,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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To be filed with my I've Got Mahleria button. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Atlanta Symphony musicians are holding an event tonight outside the Woodruff Center, where they have been locked out by a management that seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the recent debacle of the Minnesota Orchestra. Meanwhile, John Adams,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Judah Adashi, of the Peabody Institute, has put together a program of ground-bass works across the centuries, to transpire on Sept. 30 at Peabody. It includes his beguiling new piece my heart comes undone, inspired by a phrase of Björk's.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The score of Zohar Iver can be seen here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The remarkable New Zealand singer-songwriter Peter Jefferies is touring the U.S. for the first time since 1994. I wrote about him in my 1995 survey of New Zealand rock. Update: Sadly, Peter Jefferies has been denied entry to the United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, an investment banker and political operative, struck a chilling tone at the protest against The Death of Klinghoffer yesterday: "You will be made to destroy that set before we're finished. We are going to be back here—everyone here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — La Fauvette Passerinette: Peter Hill plays Ravel, Stockhausen, Anderson, Benjamin, Dutilleux, Sculthorpe, Douglas Young, Murail, Takemitsu, and Messiaen [including the première recording of the title work] (Delphian, available October) — Tchaikovsky, The Seasons... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"'Hear their two hearts softly beat, / one moment more and their lips will meet. / What a sweet and charming picture, / love in glory, love in bloom, / don't you wish that we were in an eighteenth century... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Tertulia is a new NYC chamber-music series combining the pleasures of sound and food. Opening night, Sept. 29, is at Harding's, with excellent young players from Decoda.... Composer-percussionist Andy Akiho is the winner of the 2014 Underwood Emerging Composers Commission,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Aix-en-Provence presentation of Elektra, Patrice Chéreau's final production, is now on DVD. My review is here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
At the New Yorker Festival, Oct. 12. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This superb, wide-ranging volume, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz and published by University of Minnesota Press, gives me the chance to quote again from Willis's 1969 essay on Woodstock, one of the sharpest pieces the New Yorker has ever published:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Courtesy of Q2. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise