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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 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
L. A. Rhapsody. The New Yorker, March 20, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"At the back of us were great blue spaces in the cloud. But now the colour was going out. The clouds were turning pale; a reddish black colour. Down in the valley it was an extraordinary scrumble of red &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In recent years, orchestra and concert-hall websites have been infected with a virus called What's On. This is a style of divulging concert information that avoids the traditional calendar format and instead presents a horizontal or vertical dribble of events... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A video trailer for Prins's huge PIANO HERO series. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
I'm listening to the Other Minds disc Lexical Music, containing some of Charles Amirkhanian's classic text-sound compositions of the seventies. Church Car is not included, but the video above is a delightful extension of the tradition. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Singing Philosophy. The New Yorker, Feb. 27, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana UP) [available March 2017] Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press) Pauline Fairclough, Classics for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
DRUM MAJOR: Shall I pull your tongue out of your throat and wrap it round your neck? — Wozzeck, Act II Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Feb 10, 2017
Making Art in a Time of Rage, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green In memory of the fallen heroes of Kellyanne Conway's febrile imagination, I have composed a Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green, for six independent orchestral groups. Above is the first section, Exordium... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Written for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
One mark of the dishonor that has fallen on this country in the wake of Donald Trump's morally repugnant, profoundly un-American actions as President is that the brilliant Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh does not know whether he will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Are we really here? Is all this happening? Don't be surprised. What we're seeing now is frankly everything we should have expected. If there's one thing we can say in Donald Trump's favor, there was no bait and switch. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise