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The Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress has recently added much new material to its online trove. Above is a letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to "Felicia and Lennie," dated January 1970 — some months before the appearance... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Wagner Rebooted. The New Yorker, Aug. 20, 2018. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Wagnerism may not look much shorter than it did in January, but I have managed to excise more than eighty thousand words. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I passed through Bayreuth to see Yuval Sharon's new production of Lohengrin and last year's Meistersinger, by Barrie Kosky. A report will appear in a future issue of The New Yorker. In keeping with my composer-grave habit, this year I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Previously: At the graves of various people. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat has received permission to give the world-première performances of a previously unheard early work by Pierre Boulez: the Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo, from 1944. The first performance will take place at the Paris Philharmonie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Haydn, Piano Sonatas Nos. 49, 50, 32, 40; Paul Lewis (Harmonia Mundi) — Bernstein, A Quiet Place, adapted by Garth Edwin Sunderland; Claudia Boyle, Joseph Kaiser, Gordon Bintner, Lucas Meachem, Kent Nagano conducting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Gundula Kreuzer, Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera (UC Press) Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein (Harper Collins) Randol Schoenberg, ed., The "Doctor Faustus" Dossier: Arnold Schoenberg,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From the Ashes. The New Yorker, July 2, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website, June 22, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Philip the Wanderer, named for the brilliant Philip Thomas, who plays here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On June 24, the New Opera Days Ostrava festival will give the belated world premiere of Thy Kingdom Come, by the pioneering Czech microtonal composer Alois Hába. Completed in 1942, the work draws inspiration from the Anthroposophical writings of Rudolf... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The formidable Russian conductor has died at the age of eighty-seven. One of his signal feats was leading the world première of Alfred Schnittke's First Symphony in 1974 — a venture that would have been daring in any context, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"It's astounding how easily everything collapses." —Victor Klemperer, March 10, 1933 Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — James Tenney, Harmonium; Scordatura Ensemble (New World) — Philip Venables, Below the Belt; David Hoyle, the London Sinfonietta, Phoenix Piano Trio, Ligeti Quartet, Leigh Melrose, Nick Blackburn, Melinda Maxwell, Richard Baker (NMC) —... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Markus Hinterhäuser at the Ojai Festival 2018 — one of the more stupendous things I've witnessed in recent years. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Tale of Two Sopranos, New Yorker web site, June 6, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Courtesy of New Zealand rock eminence Shayne Carter. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A bay colt named Wagnerian, jockeyed by Yuichi Fukunaga, has won the Toshio Yushun, or Japanese Derby. The Bayreuthian equine "parlayed clear sailing and firm footing to a half-length victory," according to one report. Congratulations, Wagnerian! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise