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My thoughtful husband alerted me to the fact that on a recent episode of the Victorian-Gothic series Penny Dreadful the Wild West character played by Josh Hartnett is so overcome by the strains of Tristan und Isolde, not to mention... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Longtime readers of this blog may recall sporadic posts on the subject of encounters between Richard Strauss and American soldiers in the years of the Allied occupation of Germany. One time I pleaded for information about Major John Kramers, who... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The seemingly indestructible diva has died at the age of eighty-nine. Sarah Larson remembers her on the New Yorker website. Stritch's immortal versions of "The Ladies Who Lunch" have been widely shared, so I thought I'd feature this clip from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Shattered Passage. The New Yorker, July 7, 2014. The Met's Klinghoffer Problem. New Yorker website, June 25, 2014. Blockbuster. The New Yorker, June 23, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The NYPhil Biennial may be winding down, but the schedule will remain lively through much of June. Opera Cabal stages Georg Friedrich Haas's ATTHIS at the Kitchen, June 12-13; the same weekend, Chelsea Opera presents Copland's The Tender Land. Alexandre... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
From Anastasia Tsioulcas's NPR Classical Facebook page: "If you've been following the ongoing conversation about how women are treated in classical music today...an interesting and relevant incident took place between yesterday & today. A source told me yesterday that during... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Robert Levine responds to Iván Fischer's comments about the American orchestra system. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Via harpsichordist Christopher Lewis. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Tony Tommasini, in the Times, surveys the art of dissonance, giving excellent piano illustrations in accompanying videos. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The composer, conductor, and author Francesco d'Avalos, Prince d’Avalos and Marquis of Vasto and Pescara, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the uncle of Maria d'Avalos, the unlucky first wife of Carlo Gesualdo, died on May 26th at the age of eighty-four, at his... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The full schedule for June 21 is announced. Some highlights: Henry Brant's Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes, John Cage's 49 Waltzes (hopefully incorporating all 147 NYC addresses), three smartphone-interactive pieces, the traditional Cornelia Street In C, Salvatore Sciarrino’s... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A powerful commencement speech: "We are all deserving of a life that overflows with immense possibility, improbable beauty and relentless truth." Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Notes of Dissent. The New Yorker, June 2, 2014. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
More here. Update: A brief comment on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Climate Change. The New Yorker, May 26, 2014. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Ideology, always masked, changes its face with ease. It is a hydra-mirror whose severed head quickly reappears, presenting the adversary who thought himself victorious the image of his own face." — Robbe-Grillet, Ghosts in the Mirror Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The composer's début album, Facts about Water, is now out on Innova. There will be a related concert at Roulette on May 21, with readings by the author Nick Flynn, with whom Barash often collaborates. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Arvo Pärt, who will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall on May 31, gives an interview to Will Robin. On the Russian action in Ukraine, the composer is blunt: "It cannot be called anything else but a crime. It is more... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I've had a bit of an adventure the past couple of days. An overheated bathroom ceiling fan at a radar facility caused O'Hare Airport, in Chicago, to be shut down for several hours on Tuesday — so news reports said... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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When I visited Warsaw last winter, I was happy to pick up several recordings containing music of Agata Zubel, one of the most gifted of younger Polish composers. There is now a strong compilation on the Kairos label, the principal... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
All of this year's Spring for Music concerts are now archived at WQXR. Two events in the series especially stand out: the Seattle Symphony program mentioned below, and the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus's powerful revival of R. Nathaniel... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On January 6, 1933, three weeks before Hitler took power, Howard Hanson led the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-American program. Included was the third movement of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony. "The audience demanded a repetition of Still's scherzo," the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— "Stokowski Heard by 11,000 at Garden," New York Times, May 18, 1936. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A year ago, I perpetrated an online piece entitled "A Walking Tour of Wagner's New York," tracing a curious itinerary in a city that Wagner himself never saw. I hadn't imagined anyone following in my eccentric footsteps, but Amelia Lester,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise