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Parakeet at Chand Baori. The first American performance of Kaikhosru Sorabji's gigantic Organ Symphony No. 2 — or, indeed, of any of Sorabji's organ music — will take place at the University of Iowa School of Music on Feb. 10.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On Jan. 21, I will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the company of Ruth Padel. This is my first visit to India, and I'm eager to augment my paltry knowledge of the subcontinent's great classical traditions. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Guerrilla Minimalism. The New Yorker, Jan. 23, 2017. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Sleight of Hand. The New Yorker, Jan. 9, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A review/preview for The New Yorker's Goings On section. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"A blizzard is raging outside the windows as 1944 approaches. It will be a year of happiness, of joy, of victory, a year that will bring us all much joy. The freedom-loving Peoples will at last throw off the yoke... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Picture taken in 1985. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Holy Dread. The New Yorker, Jan. 2, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Image: Timothy Andres, 2004. "Important things cannot be abbreviated": Steven Schick's program notes for an Inauguration Day concert at the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are worth a read.... In the New York Times, Will Robin interviews female opera composers....... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Sunrise at Mahogany Flat, Death Valley. At the New Yorker website may be found my list of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016. Some honorable mentions: Chris Kallmyer's Rhyolite, with Julia Holter and Lucky Dragons (Populist); Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Richard Taruskin's remarkable essay on the exiled Russian composer Arthur Lourié (1892-1966) in Russian Music at Home and Abroad has sent me on a detour through the elusive, at times enigmatically potent world of Lourié's music. Posterity remembers him best... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In the end, after all that fuss, Bob Dylan accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in uncommonly elegant fashion — with considerable help from Patti Smith, above. His speech, delivered vicariously, is here. Previously: Bob Dylan as Richard Wagner. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Pyramids and WikiLeaks. The New Yorker, Dec. 12, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New releases of interest. — Bach, Christmas Oratorio; John Butt leading the Dunedin Consort (Linn) — Bach, French Suites; Murray Perahia, piano (DG) — Bach, Partitas; Jory Vinkour, harpsichord (Sono Luminus) — Mozart, Don Giovanni; Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Mika... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Richard Taruskin, Russian Music at Home and Abroad (University of California) R. Howard Bloch, One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern (Liveright) Christopher Fifield, Hans Richter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The experimental master has died at the age of eighty-four. Listen again to I of IV, preferably at immense volume. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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When I wrote last summer about the uncertain future of the Thomes Mann house, I heard from the composer and new-music stalwart Charles Amirkhanian, who informed me of a similar situation affecting the former home of the great experimental composer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo from Death Valley National Park, 2013. "You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, '98," Donald Trump said yesterday in a meeting with the New York Times. He seemed to have in mind the official world-record temperature that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I will be part of the multitudinous cavalcade of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, at the City Winery in NYC. My contribution will be a short discourse on Sibelius. On Dec. 8, at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Members of ELISION will perform Cassidy's work at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Nov. 22, alongside Liza Lim's How Forests Think. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise