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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Shape-Shifter. The New Yorker, April 22, 2019. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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. Here is the table of contents: PRELUDE: Death... 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
The Concerto Challenge. The New Yorker, March 25, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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This is my first and final meme. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A very strongly recommended collection of Czernowin, Thorvaldsdottir, Ivičević, Lim, and Saunders, on Huddersfield Contemporary Records. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Ryoji Ikeda's 100 Cymbals and Alison Knowles's Proposition #2: Make a Salad were performed last night at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The salad was quite delicious. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
DR. SCHÖN: It must be your husband's blood. LULU: No traces remain. — Lulu, Act II Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine, Nothing says forever like an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Deep Cuts. The New Yorker, Feb. 18 and 15, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"How much of what we did was good?" Just about everything. Aside from the extraordinary performances of John Adams's music, which matched Sylvan's voice in uncanny fashion, I cherish the memory of an intensely searching Winterreise at Corpus Christ Church... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
De Profundis. The New Yorker, Jan. 28, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Trash and Vaudeville. The New Yorker, Dec. 24 and 31, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
From Dispersion, a new Mode CD. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Marion Stein (Monica Dolan) in A Very English Scandal: "Jeremy, I'm not a fool. I practically grew up with Benjamin Britten. I've seen something of the world. I fled from Hitler, for God's sake. My own son married a hippie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Bow Ideal. The New Yorker, Dec. 17, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise