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The Atlanta Symphony musicians are holding an event tonight outside the Woodruff Center, where they have been locked out by a management that seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the recent debacle of the Minnesota Orchestra. Meanwhile, John Adams,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Judah Adashi, of the Peabody Institute, has put together a program of ground-bass works across the centuries, to transpire on Sept. 30 at Peabody. It includes his beguiling new piece my heart comes undone, inspired by a phrase of Björk's.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The score of Zohar Iver can be seen here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The remarkable New Zealand singer-songwriter Peter Jefferies is touring the U.S. for the first time since 1994. I wrote about him in my 1995 survey of New Zealand rock. Update: Sadly, Peter Jefferies has been denied entry to the United... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, an investment banker and political operative, struck a chilling tone at the protest against The Death of Klinghoffer yesterday: "You will be made to destroy that set before we're finished. We are going to be back here—everyone here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — La Fauvette Passerinette: Peter Hill plays Ravel, Stockhausen, Anderson, Benjamin, Dutilleux, Sculthorpe, Douglas Young, Murail, Takemitsu, and Messiaen [including the première recording of the title work] (Delphian, available October) — Tchaikovsky, The Seasons... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"'Hear their two hearts softly beat, / one moment more and their lips will meet. / What a sweet and charming picture, / love in glory, love in bloom, / don't you wish that we were in an eighteenth century... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Tertulia is a new NYC chamber-music series combining the pleasures of sound and food. Opening night, Sept. 29, is at Harding's, with excellent young players from Decoda.... Composer-percussionist Andy Akiho is the winner of the 2014 Underwood Emerging Composers Commission,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Aix-en-Provence presentation of Elektra, Patrice Chéreau's final production, is now on DVD. My review is here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
At the New Yorker Festival, Oct. 12. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This superb, wide-ranging volume, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz and published by University of Minnesota Press, gives me the chance to quote again from Willis's 1969 essay on Woodstock, one of the sharpest pieces the New Yorker has ever published:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Courtesy of Q2. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Naysayers. The New Yorker, Sept. 15, 2014. Acknowledgments: Leland de la Durantaye, Gary Smith, Ann Powers, Sasha Frere-Jones, Andrew Patner, Henry Finder, and, especially, Daniel Zalewski. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Classical Cloud. The New Yorker, Sept. 8, 2014. Previously: A Leon Fleisher master class, 2004. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
There is something so striking about Kleiber's gestures and facial expression during the first variation. A desolate, imploring authority. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
As If Music Could Do No Harm. New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Under the Stars. The New Yorker, Aug. 25, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Unfinished Symphony. The New Yorker, Aug. 11, 2014. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Kyle Gann list of American symphonies got me thinking about my own favorites in the genre. Certainly, I'd second many of Kyle's choices. Two additions: William Levi Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony, a neglected delight, and the piercing Symphony (1962)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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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 Jul 25, 2014 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 Jul 24, 2014 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