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Admirers of John Schaefer's long-running and hugely influential WNYC show New Sounds are reeling in shock from the station's decision to cancel the program — or, to quote a stomach-churning locution in an internal e-mail, “sunset the New Sounds brand."... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Star-Crossed. The New Yorker, Oct. 14, 2019. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Eternal Return. The New Yorker, Oct. 14, 2019. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Last week I turned in the manuscript of my third book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music. Having spent nine years writing it, I'm now not entirely sure what to do with myself. To be sure, much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Postscript on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Morton Feldman Piano; Philip Thomas (another timbre) — Feldman, For Bunita Marcus; Aki Takahashi (Mode) — Bruckner, Symphony No. 9; Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony (Reference) — Julia Wolfe, Fire in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The widely admired American composer, a musical thinker of force, wit, and deep emotion, has died at the age of seventy. His Sixth Symphony will have its première next month at the Cincinnati Symphony. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
It's unfortunate that the Los Angeles Philharmonic, one of the world's leading orchestras, has been suffering from muddled leadership on the part of its board of directors. When Deborah Borda left the LA Phil's top administrative post in 2017, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Safe Space. The New Yorker, Sept. 16, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent recordings of interest. Feldman, For Bunita Marcus; Aki Takahashi (Mode) Beethoven, Complete Piano Sonatas; Igor Levit (Sony) Clara Schumann, Piano Concerto, Piano Sonata in G Minor, and other works; Isata Kanneh-Mason with Holly Mathieson conducting the Royal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Surround Sound. The New Yorker, Aug. 19, 2109. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Ashley Walters performing Bača's Nähte at a WasteLAnd event, Nov. 16, 2018. Walters will play the same piece live at Outhaus in LA on Aug. 1, as part of a three-day Underwolf Records festival (July 31 – Aug. 2). Many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Melissa Burrage, The Karl Muck Scandal: Classical Music and Xenophobia in World War I America (Boydell and Brewer) Cate Haste, Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler (Basic Books) Shayne Carter, Dead People I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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For the New Yorker website, I've written a Cultural Comment on two recent books that describe the absurd and frightening Karl Muck hysteria of 1917-18. Above is a cartoon from the period. One rumor pegged Muck as Wagner's illegitimate son,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"No musical administrator is more widely respected or well liked than Ara Guzelimian," I wrote on this blog in 2007, shortly after Ara left Carnegie Hall to become Dean of Juilliard. Ara recently announced that he will step down from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Earth Songs. The New Yorker, July 1, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"When Wagner 'thinks,' he stumbles." — Nietzsche Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Infinity Opera. The New Yorker, June 24, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 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