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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
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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