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My reading into the curious life of Olga Plümacher-Hünerwadel, born in Lenzburg and buried in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, probably won't make it into the final manuscript of Wagnerism, but I enjoy having this book on my desk. The author explains... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Hans Abrahamsen, let me tell you; Barbara Hannigan, with Andris Nelsons conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony (Winter & Winter) — Górecki, Symphony No. 4; Andrey Boreyko conducting the London Philharmonic (Nonesuch) — Liza Lim, Winding Bodies, The Heart's Ear,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Ben Ratliff, Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (FSG) A. O. Scott, Better Living Through Criticism (Penguin) Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The City of Birmingham Symphony, which in recent decades has shown exceptional acuity in hiring gifted young conductors (Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons), today announced as its next music director the young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who is presently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The viol consort Sonnambula is set to explore the music of the seventeenth-century Flemish composer Leonora Duarte, who came from a distinguished family of converted Portuguese Jews. Sonnambula is recording her seven Sinfonias, and on Feb. 13 they will give... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Andrew Patner died a year ago today. It was the saddest day of my life. Thousands of friends around the world still miss his glorious mind and generous spirit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Carnegie Hall has announced a handsomely varied 2016-17 season. There are various noteworthy events — a new Steve Reich piece, Pulse; a Barenboim marathon of Bruckner symphonies and Mozart concertos; the Boston Symphony playing George Benjamin's Dream of the Song;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website. A further thought: when the remarkable Carlos Moseley was in charge, in the sixties and seventies, the Philharmonic pursued a consistent vision. Bernstein and Boulez were very different personalities, but they both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The retiring French master would have been one hundred today. Esa-Pekka Salonen has some commemorative thoughts in a Philharmonie de Paris video. The Dutilleux 2016 website has a listing of events. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A decade ago, Stockhausen's gargantuan seven-part operatic cycle LICHT seemed on the verge of a complete performance, then faded away. A 2004 BBC News story announced that a production was planned in Dresden in 2008, in conjunction with Stockhausen's eightieth... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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One of the most impressive improvisational feats I've ever witnessed took place at Marlboro Music in 2008, when the pianist and composer Matan Porat provided live accompaniment to a screening of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. The really amazing thing, it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Magus. The New Yorker, Jan. 25, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I saw Pierre Boulez conduct about twenty times. The last was in 2010, when he led the Chicago Symphony, Michelle DeYoung, and Falk Struckmann in Bluebeard's Castle. The most remarkable was the engulfing presentation of Répons at Carnegie in 2003,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Fantôme qu'à ce lieu son pur éclat assigne... The last remaining titan of the postwar avant-garde has died, at the age of ninety. The New York Times has a superb obituary by Paul Griffiths. I will offer a comment soon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Piano Theatre. The New Yorker, Jan. 11, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Listening to Star Wars, on the New Yorker website. Previously: The Spooky Fill. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Divas under Fire. The New Yorker, Jan. 4, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Toshie Kakinuma's Japanese translation of my book Listen to This is now available from Misuzu Shobo. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"As long as he lives, he will be immortal." — Heine, on Platen Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The German conductor died today at the age of eighty-eight. His finest moment at the New York Philharmonic was, by general consensus, his performance of Brahms's German Requiem in the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Center in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession (Knopf) 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) Elijah Wald, Dylan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Yarn/Wire has issued a recording of Sam Pluta's riveting new piece Seven Systems, which the composer describes as an autobiographical overview of his life in recent years. The score can be seen at Pluta's website. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise