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John Luther Adams listens to his Sila at Ojai. Outsiders. The New Yorker, July 6, 2015. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
My book Listen to This, in the French translation by the superb Laurent Slaars, has received a prize from the Syndicat de la Critique, in the category "Meilleurs livres sur la musique." I am tremendously grateful for the honor. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Berlin Philharmonic, recovering from last month's confusion, has chosen Kirill Petrenko as its next chief conductor. I was less impressed by his 2013 Bayreuth Ring than were many of my colleagues, but I admired his work in Ariadne and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A happy eightieth birthday to Terry Riley. Just out on Nonesuch is a Kronos Quartet disc of Cadenza on the Night Plain and other pieces, combining older recordings with fresh takes. The Kronos will further celebrate Riley at a three-day... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A great force in American music is gone. His memorable credo, in "Third Stream Revisited": "Third Steam is a way of composing, improvising, and performing that brings musics together rather than segregating them. It is a way of making music... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This is from Alexander Schubert's Point Ones, in which the conductor is augmented by sensors. Enno Poppe performs the solo in the passage above; you can watch the entire piece here, with the Nadar Ensemble led by Daan Janssens. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Footnote 159 of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si', quoting the Sufi mystic Ali al-Khawas: "Prejudice should not have us criticize those who seek ecstasy in music or poetry. There is a subtle mystery in each of the movements and sounds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Claire Chase's blistering outdoor rendition of Diaz de León's Luciform was a highlight of the recent Ojai Festival. The Denovali label will release his album The Soul Is the Arena in July; Luciform is one of the selections. Also, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Adam Gopnik talks to Gerald Busby, who has many colorful tales to tell; John Luther Adams talks about leaving Alaska. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via Tim Rutherford-Johnson, via Music and Literature. Alas, the ending seems to have been cut off. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Seeing Music. The New Yorker, June 22, 2015. A schedule for the Whitney's Nancarrow fest can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In the New York Times, Will Robin has a short history of the New York Philharmonic's concerts-in-the-park series, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Follow Will's Twitter for more snippets from the Philharmonic and Times archives. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Claire Chase, Steven Schick, and Sarah Rothenberg play Feldman's For Philip Guston at the Ojai Festival. The performance began at 5am and ended at 9:40am. I'll have a report on what Chase described as the "sonic gluttony" of Ojai in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Ben Ratliff has an obituary for the jazz master, who once said to Frank Oteri, "For me, composing is a way of keeping up with not repeating." No better definition has been devised. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent released of interest. Rihm, Et Lux; Paul Van Nevel conducting the Huelgas Ensemble and the Minguet Quartet (ECM) Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9, Violin Concerto No. 1; Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra, with Leonidas Kavakos (Mariinsky) Birtwistle,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Last week I saw a concert at Disney Hall one night and at Avery Fisher Hall the next. The LA Phil, at Disney, was in the middle of its Next on Grand festival, a somewhat amorphous but generously proportioned festival... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The NY Phil has named Anna Þorvaldsdóttir its next Kravis Emerging Composer. A very sound choice.... Next week in NYC, the Either/Or 10th Spring Festival presents Gio Janiashvili, Anthony Coleman, Rădulescu, and Feldman....On June 6 at the DiMenna Center in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Russell Platt on Nico Muhly, Anwen Crawford on female rock critics, and Seth Colter Walls on Yoko Ono, all on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From a speech by Amyas Ames, former chair of the New York Philharmonic and of Lincoln Center. Inspired by Will Robin. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Judd Greenstein's City Boy appears on the new NOW Ensemble disc Dreamfall. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The NMC label has issued another in its distinguished series of Birtwistle recordings. The program includes three works from the past decade: the short oratorio Angel Fighter, the antiphonal orchestral piece In Broken Images, and the miniature Virelai. Above is... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (featherproof) Rufus Jones, Jr., Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad (Rowman & Littlefield) Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On May 21 and 28, under the auspices of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Talea Ensemble will survey the admirably unpredictable Austrian composer Clemens Gadenstätter.... The Library of Congress, in collaboration with Q2, has made available a host... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Oberlin-based composer has a strong new disc on Mode. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The JACK Quartet plays obscured-distorted-redacted by Amadeus Regucera, a young Bay Area composer. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise