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A truly great man is gone. When I was coming out of the closet in 1990—isolated, fearful, semi-suicidal—his words were a blazing torch to me. Perhaps he saved my life, as he did the lives of thousands of others. There... Continue reading
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Intermission. The New Yorker, May 25, 2020. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Fearless Pianist. The New Yorker, May 18, 2020. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Three notable contemporary operas can be seen online on a short-term basis. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loin, in the production by Robert Lepage. While this staging pales somewhat in comparison to the Peter Sellars original,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Rally of the Birds. The New Yorker, May 4, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Grieving with Brahms, on the New Yorker website, April 16, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Krzysztof Penderecki, who died on March 29th at the age of eighty-six, was a composer who made a huge impact on me when I first heard his classic pieces of the sixties and early seventies. Alas, I found the vast... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Midnight Trains. The New Yorker, April 6, 2020. Go here to watch the video of Sweet Land. Photos above and below by Casey Kringlen. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Los Angeles Herald, Nov. 13, 1891. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Nothing on the spring schedule had whetted my anticipation more than Kate Soper's The Romance of the Rose, which was to have had its premiere at Peak Performances on April 2. It has been postponed, along with everything else. Soper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In a video from the Gothenburg Symphony, Barbara Hannigan sings Luigi Nono's Djamila Boupacha, written in honor of the young Algerian militant who was tortured and raped by French forces in 1960. That piece is also the first item on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
As the coronavirus shutdown continues, organizations in the classical-music world are now beginning to carry out temporary layoffs or furloughs of their musicians and staff. Last night I heard from the president of the Oregon Symphony that the orchestra was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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When Napster trained a generation to see music as a free commodity, decimating the record industry, we were assured that musicians would continue to make money via touring. Now that the coronavirus has put a stop to live performance, musicians... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Phantom Vessel. The New Yorker, March 23, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Coronavirus Concerts, on the New Yorker website, March 14, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
As musical organizations shut down regular activity because of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of groups are offering video streams of concerts without audience. Here is a selection. May 28 7pm ET: ICE, in league with the Library of Congress... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Mom and Penelope, 2005. My mother, Daphne R. Ross, died on Feb. 24, at the age of 91. A notice appears in today's Washington Post. There is much more to be said than that, but I feel ill equipped to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Marta Feuchtwanger mit Katze. Pursuant to my recent New Yorker essay about German-speaking novelists in Los Angeles, I've gathered here some bibliographic notes and suggestions for further reading. The most formidable single-volume study of the emigration is Jean-Michel Palmier's 1987... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Strange Interlude. The New Yorker, March 16, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo: Thomas-Mann-Archive, ETH Zürich. Exodus. The New Yorker, March 9, 2020. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Adès, Piano Concerto, Totentanz; Adès conducting the Boston Symphony, with Kirill Gerstein, Mark Stone, Christianne Stotijn (DG, out 2/28) — Liza Lim, Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus; Sophie Schafleitner, Lorelei Dowling, Klangforum Wien... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The great Dutch conductor, composer, and pianist died today at the age of eighty-one. His contributions to the promotion of new and unsung music were vast: Andriessen, Ustvolskaya, Kurtág, Ligeti, Gubaidulina, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Claude Vivier, Mauricio Kagel, and on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Here the incomprehensible, immeausurable sorrow that burns my soul can find release." — Altenberg Lieder Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine, Nothing says forever like an Alban... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Close Read. The New Yorker, Feb. 10, 2020. Previously: Jansons in Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 2000. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise