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The latest issue of the journal Music and Literature pays deservingly lavish tribute to the critic, scholar, novelist, and librettist Paul Griffiths. One can read online a wide-ranging interview with Paul, in which he gives an unsparing perspective on the... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
“Art’s a funny thing, doesn’t seem to have any connection with our lives, just gets itself made—and when it is good there’s no time in it at all. Kills time, that’s art. Brings up a lot of old ideas we... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — John Adams, Scheherazade.2; Leila Josefowicz, violin, with David Robertson conducting the St. Louis Symphony (Nonesuch, released Sept. 30) — Sibelius, Symphonies Nos. 3, 6, 7; Osmo Vänskä conducting the Minnesota Orchestra (BIS, released... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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An important, dismaying read: Ethan Iverson on Steinway, John Paulson, and Donald Trump.... Earlier this month, a group led by the composer Ashley Fure unsettled the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music with GRID, or Gender Research in Darmstadt, an... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website on the endangered Thomas Mann house in Pacific Palisades and other émigré homes in Los Angeles. Photo: Schoenberg in his garden, from the Schoenberg Center. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
No Exit. The New Yorker, Aug. 22, 2016. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent recordings of interest. — Liszt, Transcendental Etudes, Concert Etudes, Grandes Études de Paganini; Daniil Trifonov (DG, released Oct. 7) — Liszt, Transcendental Etudes; Kirill Gerstein (Myrios) — Bacewicz, Complete String Quartets; Silesian Quartet (Chandos) — Kristin Norderval,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In yesterday's New York Times David Segal complained about the arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that is being played at the Olympics in Rio. Ordinarily, I'm all for harmonic analysis in the mainstream press, but the article takes an irritatingly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The German composer, a poet of tense simplicity, will appear at Café Oto, in London, on Aug. 30, playing her works for piano. On CD, Andy Lee's recording of abgemalt, on Irritable Hedgehog, is a good point of departure for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This segment of John Oliver's show Last Week Tonight is far too brutally accurate to get the laughs that it deserves. Even the throwaway jokes are precisely sourced: for example, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution indeed cut its full-time film critic in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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