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New and recent releases of interest, in Steve Smith style. — James Weeks, Mala Punica; Exaudi (Winter & Winter) — BEYOND: Daníel Bjarnason, Qui Tollis; Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aura; Christopher Cerrone, Memory Palace; Ellen Reid, Fear-Release; Andrew McIntosh, I Hold the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Alas, no recording seems to exist of this extraordinary music from Huré's La Cathédrale, in which all twelve notes of the chromatic scale sound simultaneously, in advance of Berg's Altenberg Lieder (though not, to be sure, of Jean-Paul-Égide Martini's Sapho).... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“Because this year has not brought an improvement in art criticism, I forbid once and for all the continuance of art criticism in its past form, effective as of today. From now on, the reporting of art will take the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The music of Chaya Czernowin, whose immensely powerful new opera Infinite Now I review in this week's issue of The New Yorker, is well represented on records. At the center of her discography are four discs on the Mode label:... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cataclysm. The New Yorker, May 15, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Kurtág, Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw conducting Asko / Schönberg and the Netherlands Radio Choir (ECM) — Katharina Rosenberger, SHIFT and other works; wasteLAnd and Rage Thormbones (hat art)... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The superb British new-music label another timbre will host a three-day festival at Café Oto, in London, this week, featuring music by the likes of Linda Catlin Smith, Jürg Frey, and Cassandra Miller.... The first issue of Sounds Like Now,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on Funeral Song, April 25, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Nordic Fire. The New Yorker, May 1, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
To Lou, with Love. The New Yorker, April 24, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Rite of Spring. The New Yorker, April 17, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Damon Krukowski, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (The New Press) Pamela M. Potter, Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (University... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Robert Hurwitz, the longtime head of Nonesuch Records, one of the keenest listeners in the recent history of American music, is celebrated with a concert at BAM on April 1. Bob is an avid amateur pianist, and the concert will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Linda Catlin Smith, Drifter and other works; Apartment House, Bozzini Quartet (another timbre) — Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hommage à Daniel Libeskind; Ensemble SurPlus (Neos) — Thomas Adès, Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms; Adès conducting the London Symphony, with Samuel Dale Johnson,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Mazzoli's Death Valley Junction, which can also be heard on a New Amsterdam recording by the Jasper Quartet, was written in honor of the remarkable Marta Becket, the diva of Death Valley, who died in January at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Today is a heartbreaking day at The New Yorker. Ann Goldstein, the head of our copy-editing department, is leaving the magazine after a quietly glorious forty-three-year career. Copy editing — two words — may sound to outsiders like a job... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise