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The Meyerbeer Case. The New Yorker, Oct. 22, 2018. Continue reading
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A recommendation on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website, Oct. 4, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Previously: At the grave of [X]. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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How Orson Welles's "The Other Side of the Wind" Was Rescued from Oblivion, on the New Yorker website, Sept. 26, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Cassandra Miller, O Zomer!, Philip the Wanderer, For Mira, Duet for Cello and Orchestra; Apartment House, Philip Thomas, Mira Benjamin, Charles Curtis with Ilan Volkov conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony (another timbre) — Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson, Temporary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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And a new season begins. Next weekend in NYC brings a Feldman festival entitled Softly, curated by Marilyn Nonken. Alongside familiar landmarks like Triadic Memories and Patterns in a Chromatic Field there will be early piano works, to be announced,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Hero Worship. The New Yorker, Sept. 17, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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At some point I'd like to publish a book of essays with the title And the World Was Calm. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Gabriel Kahane, Book of Travelers (Nonesuch) — Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F; Kirill Gerstein, David Robertson conducting the St. Louis Symphony (myrios) — Blitzstein, The Cradle Will Rock; Ginger Costa-Jackson, Keith Jameson, Christopher Burchett, Aubrey Babcock, John... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From the White House tapes: Nixon Bernstein More here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In my state-of-new-music essay in this week's issue of The New Yorker, I had originally intended to discuss several recent books on early-twenty-first-century composition. In the end, I chose to concentrate on Tim Rutherford-Johnson's Music After the Fall: Modern Composition... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Sounds of Music. The New Yorker, Aug. 27, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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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 Aug 14, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Wagner Rebooted. The New Yorker, Aug. 20, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 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 Aug 12, 2018 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