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Cecil Taylor and the Art of Noise, New Yorker website, April 10, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cecil Taylor and Pauline Oliveros perform at EMPAC in Troy NY, 2008. To mark Taylor and Oliveros's passing, EMPAC is offering a free DVD of their solo and duo performances (one need only pay for shipping and handling). Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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There was much melancholy in the corridors of The New Yorker last week as Russell Platt, the editor of our classical-music listings, bade farewell after eighteen brilliant years on the job. A gifted and accomplished composer, Russell has decided to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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My God, the music ten minutes into "Involution / Evolution" ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
One of the greatest, most unswervingly original, most incorrigibly sublime figures in the recent history of music died today, a few days after his eighty-ninth birthday. I got to see him several times in performance; the first time, in 1989,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a New York Philharmonic rehearsal of Anna Thorvaldsdottir's new piece Metacosmos. Read the accompanying New York Times story by Joshua Barone. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Renewal. The New Yorker, April 9, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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From the Library of Congress. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A lot of people don't like Wagner; he's a divisive presence, and seems almost to relish playing a villainous role. But there's no denying the force of his talent. I'm talking, of course, about star University of Michigan basketball player... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On April 2, the Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC will host a day of films by Meredith Monk — an exceedingly rare opportunity to see such works as Turtle Dreams, Book of Days, and Ellis... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Xenakis, Metastaseis A, Terretektorh, Nomos Gamma; Arturo Tamayo conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica RAI and the Residentie Orkest The Hague (Mode) Lisa Streich, Pietà and other works; Vokalensemble Kölner Dom, Niklas Seidl, ensemble recherche, UT insieme vocale-consonante, Gregor Mayrhofer conducting the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A video accompanying Augustin Hadelich's vividly contrasted, intensely musical new recording of the Paganini Caprices, on Warner. There are several other Paganini videos on Hadelich's YouTube channel, including a delightful Fantasia dei Gatti. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Bernd Alois Zimmermann would have been one hundred today. Mark Berry, in the New York Times, has a discerning overview of the great German composer, whose works bear unflinching witness to the darkest of centuries. I wrote about Die Soldaten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Brian Ferneyhough's joyously terrifying 1979 work La Terre est un homme is featured on a new NMC release. Play it loud. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The richly appointed new season of Mostly Mozart includes Ashley Fure's The Force of Things, John Adams and Lucinda Childs's Available Light (with sets by Frank Gehry), Bernstein's Mass, Michael Pisaro's A wave and waves, and a big new outdoor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Split Personality. The New Yorker, March 12, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Salvatore Martirano's hallucinatory anti-war piece L's GA, in which a narrator recites the Gettysburg Address while inhaling nitrous oxide, was given a potent revival tonight at an LA Phil Green Umbrella concert, with the performance artist Ron Athey in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Palace Intrigue. The New Yorker, Feb. 26, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Lully, Alceste; Judith Van Wanroij, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Ambroisine Bré, Douglas Williams, Étienne Bazola, Bénédicte Tauran, Lucía Martín Cartón, Enguerrand de Hys, Christophe Rousset conducting Les Talens Lyriques and the Chamber Choir of Namur (Aparte) Claude Balbastre, Pièces... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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LULU: Although for my sake a man may kill himself or kill others, my value still remains what it was. — Lulu Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The 2018-19 season announcements for American orchestras have, for the most part, presented a bleakish picture of the state of the art. One index of backward thinking is a lack of female composers. If an orchestra is programming few female... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise