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Puccini Plus. The New Yorker, July 25, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
At the first public Dada-Soirée, at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, on July 14, 1916, Hugo Ball read aloud his Dada manifesto — "How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada. How does one become famous? By saying dada"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This recording of Vagn Holmboe's Tenth Symphony, with Sixten Ehrling conducting the Gothenburg Symphony, appeared in 1977 on a Caprice LP; on the flip side was Nystroem's Sinfonia Breve. A decade later I picked up a copy for my WHRB... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo: Jonathan Bachman / Reuters. Will Robin writes in The New York Times about a Dream Unfinished concert in New York next Wednesday, titled Sing Her Name. The program, under the direction of James Blachly and John McLaughlin Williams, includes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Linda Catlin Smith, Dirt Road; Mira Benjamin, violin, Simon Limbrick, percussion (another timbre) — Taylor Brook, El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan, Andrew Greenwald, A thing is a hole in a thing it is not, Kate Soper, Nadja;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Sound of Hate. The New Yorker, July 4, 2016. There are considerable resources online devoted to the dark subject of music, torture, and violence. This page at Social Musicology has links to important articles by Suzanne Cusick, M.J. Grant,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The bluegrass master died on June 23, at the age of eighty-nine. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Map of the New. The New Yorker, June 27, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
President Obama said in Orlando today: "You can't make up the world into 'us' and 'them,' and denigrate and express hatred towards groups because of the color of their skin, or their faith, or their sexual orientation, and not feed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The GVSU New Music Ensemble, which won nationwide notice back in 2007 with their buoyant recording of Music for 18 Musicians, have launched a project celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. Eight composers — Alexandra Gardner, Molly Joyce,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cello Nation. The New Yorker, June 6 and 13, 2016. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— R. Nathaniel Dett, The Ordering of Moses; Latonia Moore, Ronnita Nicole Miller, Rodrick Dixon, Donnie Ray Albert, James Conlon conducting the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus (Bridge) — Mark Simpson, Night Music and other works; various performers (NMC)... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Boston Musical Intelligencer has a story about imminent cuts in free-lance classical criticism at the Boston Globe. Several people have confirmed it to me privately. This is a disheartening development, not least because the Globe has, aside from staff... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The NY Phil Biennial takes flight on Monday, with a JACK Quartet program of Cenk Ergün, Derek Bermel, and Marc Sabat. Some highlights from the remaining fortnight: Jennifer Koh's program of new-music miniatures; Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"A Musical Flood, but Not Unwelcome" by Alex Ross Jan. 14, 1996, New York Times Another anniversary, another dead composer, another deluge of recordings and memorabilia. If the composer in question were anyone but Mr. Henry Purcell, you might hear... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Writing for The New Yorker Some of the longer essays and profiles are collected in my book Listen to This. Essays Music and violence, July 4, 2016. Mallarmé, April 11, 2016. Orson Welles, Dec. 7, 2015. Gay Berlin, Jan. 26,... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Imagine a member of Congress facing his constituents after voting to appropriate $200,000 to teach young people how to execute vocal gymnastics, or play on the fiddle. We are not so esthetic as that." So said the Indianapolis Journal on... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Snapshot from Zurich: the Thomas Mann Archive, out of the picture to the left, is at the corner of Doktor-Faust-Gasse and Schönberggasse. The latter presumably doesn't refer to the Schö/oenberg, who had no Zurich connections that I know of, but... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Louis Menand writes in this week's New Yorker about Matthew Futterman’s book Players: The Story of Sports and Money. One passage caught my eye: "[Futterman] thinks that the industry has expanded beyond the scale of its actual audience. 'One of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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At the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland. On May 19, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa will present an omnibus program entitled Life Reflected, consisting of four recently commissioned works about formidable female figures. The composers are Zosha Di Castri, Jocelyn... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Milton Babbitt, a glorious singularity of a man, would have been a hundred today. Q2 is celebrating the occasion with a couple of archival broadcasts, including a 1986 seventieth-birthday tribute conducted by Tim Page. If you haven't watched Robert Hilferty's... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise