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New and recent releases of interest. — Jürg Frey, Collection Gustave Roud; Frey, Stefan Thut, Dante Boon, Andrew McIntosh, Regula Konrad, Stephen Altoft, Lee Ferguson (another timbre) — Björk, Utopia (One Little Indian) — Berlioz, Les Troyens; Joyce DiDonato, Michael... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Regrettably, there is no evidence to back up the claim that Wagner slept with Ludwig II. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Orpheus Resounding. The New Yorker, Nov. 13, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The SAKURA Cello Quintet plays Debussy. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From Georgetown University Library. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Tremors. The New Yorker, Oct. 30, 2017. Above, a video overview of Fure's The Force of Things. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This weekend the ever-innovative Community MusicWorks organization, in Providence RI, is celebrating the music of André Cormier, a Canadian composer affiliated with the Wandelweiser collective. It's a wonderful departure from the norm for an education-oriented initiative to emphasize experimental music....... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via Roger Evans. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Chapter 14 of Wagnerism, addressing Wagner on film, is nearly done. We give thanks for John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. One more remains: Chapter 15, The Wound. The Rest Is Noise was published ten years ago today. Deepest thanks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Via Scott Worthington. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Bethany Beardslee and Minna Proctor, I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (Boydell and Brewer) Celia Applegate, The Necessity of Music: Variations on a German Theme (University of Toronto Press) Ijoma Mangold, Das deutsche... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Nicholas Deyoe, Finally, the cylindrical voids tapping along, 1560, Lied/Lied, Immer wieder, Lullaby 6 "for Duane"; WasteLAnd, Ashley Walters, Aperture Duo, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Stephanie Aston (Populist) — Sweet Anxiety: Ashley Walters plays music... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
By, yes, Camille Saint-Saëns. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"A kind of Schengen zone of scholarship now exists among historians and musicologists, where people cross disciplinary borders without hindrance yet remain conscious of differences in language, custom, knowledge, and ways of going about their work." — Celia Applegate, The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I'm elated to see that this year's slate of MacArthur Fellows includes Yuval Sharon and Tyshawn Sorey. I wrote about Sharon's staggering, city-spanning creation Hopscotch for The New Yorker in 2015. It remains one of the most remarkable things I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In order to maintain mental health, I try to watch this video at least once a month. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Shows of Force. The New Yorker, Oct. 16, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Pierre Boulez's Répons at the Park Avenue Armory, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Audi and Urs Schönebaum providing luminous atmosphere, is a fairly awesome thing. See it if you can: there is one more performance tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Andrew McIntosh and Scott Worthington, two star composer-performers of the vibrant Southern California scene, play Wolfgang von Schweinitz's gargantuan Plainsound Glissando Modulation at WasteLAnd on Saturday, Oct. 7. The same two will return to WasteLAnd on Oct. 20 for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The impossible attracts me because everything possible has been done and the world didn't change. — Sun Ra Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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There is a logjam of interesting events in New York and environs this week. Boulez's Répons will resound in the Park Avenue Armory. Ashley Fure's The Force of Things will have a run at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. BAM... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Stockhausen's Mittwoch, 2012. Si Newhouse, the longtime owner of The New Yorker and other Condé Nast magazines, has died at the age of eighty-nine. David Remnick, the New Yorker's editor, pays affecting tribute to him on our website. For years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, 2011. In this week's issue of The New Yorker I write about Willa Cather's home town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and, more widely, about the present state of understanding of the great novelist's work.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise