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Earth Songs. The New Yorker, July 1, 2019. Continue reading
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"When Wagner 'thinks,' he stumbles." — Nietzsche Continue reading
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Infinity Opera. The New Yorker, June 24, 2019. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, I've assembled some of my writing on gay topics, going back to the first piece I wrote for The New Yorker, in 1993. The photo is from my marriage to Jonathan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Revisiting a Symphonic AIDS Memorial, New Yorker website, May 30, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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George Benjamin, Lessons in Love and Violence; Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Orendt, Peter Hoare, Samuel Boden, Benjamin conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Nimbus) Sibelius, Kullervo; Helena Juntunen, Benjamin Appl, Thomas Dausgaard conducting the Lund Male Chorus... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Salieri's Revenge. The New Yorker, June 3, 2019. I first had the idea for writing an article about Salieri back in 2012, when, while researching my lecture on "Black Wagnerism," I came across the libretto of Salieri's final opera, Die... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A Stockhausen Moment is upon us: Southbank Centre is presenting a festival entitled Stockhausen: Cosmic Prophet, with the LICHT opera Donnerstag as its centerpiece, while the Holland Festival is preparing to unveil aus LICHT, a three-day condensation of the entire... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Culture by the Yards. The New Yorker, May 28, 2019. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Mark Berry, Arnold Schoenberg (University of Chicago Press) Damon Krukowski, Ways of Hearing (MIT Press) Oliver Soden, Michael Tippett: The Biography (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) Lorraine Plourde, Tokyo Listening: Sound and Sense in a Contemporary City (Wesleyan)... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The new issue of musicworks, which some kind person sends me regularly from Toronto, has an evocative profile, by Monica Pearce, of the American-Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith, whose spare, crystalline music has found an international following in recent years,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
On the New Yorker website, a strong recommendation for the City of Birmingham Symphony's new recording of Mieczysław Weinberg's Symphonies No. 2 and 21. The latter, dedicated to victims of the Warsaw Ghetto, stands revealed as one of Weinberg's greatest... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website, May 2, 2019. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Verena Wagner Lafferentz died on April 19, at the age of 98. She was the last surviving grandchild of Richard Wagner — and it is astonishing to contemplate that the grandchild of a man born in 1813 was alive until... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Weinberg, Symphonies Nos. 2 and 21; Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer (DG, out May 3) Schubert, Sonatas D958 and 959, Impromptus D899, Drei Klavierstücke; András Schiff (ECM) Stefan Prins,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Congratulations to Ellen Reid, whose opera p r i s m, on a libretto by Roxie Perkins, has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The première took place at Redcat, in Los Angeles, under the auspices of L.A. Opera... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Shape-Shifter. The New Yorker, April 22, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Live with your century, but do not be its creature; render to your contemporaries what they need, not what they praise." — Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Andrew Patner, A Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti, ed. Doug Shadle and John Schmidt (University of Chicago Press) Sumanth Gopinath and Pwyll Ap Siôn, eds., Rethinking Reich (Oxford UP) Michael P. Steinberg,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a three-concert festival of the noted Angeleno composer Igor Stravinsky. The lineup includes Funeral Song, Agon, The Rite of Spring, Requiem Canticles, Mass, Cantata, Orpheus, and Perséphone, the last staged by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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In the space of ten days in February, 2015, I lost two beloved friends: the music critic and radio host Andrew Patner and the journalist David Carr. I don't think of them as necessarily similar in personality — each was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
How Big Tech Built the Iron Cage, New Yorker website, April 1, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Speak, Be Silent: works of Chaya Czernowin, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Mirela Ivičević, Liza Lim, and Rebecca Saunders; Riot Ensemble (Huddersfield Contemporary Records) — M. Lamar, Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Hilma af Klint, Parsifal Series. My third book, a study of Wagner's sprawling influence on literature, the arts, intellectual life, and politics, will be published in 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. For better or worse, Wagner is the most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The formidable young composer/instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey has a heavy schedule at the end of March. On the 28th, he will sit for a Portrait Concert at Miller Theatre in NYC, with performances by ICE and the JACK Quartet; on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise