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Opus One. The New Yorker, June 21, 2021. Also: A Listening Guide to Josquin Desprez. Some acknowledgments: I'm grateful first and foremost to Jesse Rodin and Joshua Rifkin, for inviting me into their genially duelling West Coast / East Coast... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The hyper-lyrical, gloriously old-school Russian tenor Ivan Kozlovsky sings an aria from Eduard Nápravik's Dubrovsky (1895). Via the omniaudient David Shengold. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
May he keep on keeping on indefinitely. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. Melancholy Grace: music of Frescobaldi, Luzzaschi, Strozzi, Bull, and others; Jean Rondeau (Erato) Richard Barrett, strange lines and distances (via Bandcamp) Chris Cerrone, The Arching Path and other works; Timo Andres, Lindsay Kesselman, Ian... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Lloyd, center, in Orson Welles's Julius Caesar, 1937. The great actor, director, producer, and raconteur Norman Lloyd died today, at the age of 106. He spent his last day at his beloved home in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles, where he... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
New Stages. The New Yorker, May 10, 2021. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Χριστός ἀνέστη! Today is Easter, and I am thinking of my late mother, who was a devout Greek Orthodox and the granddaughter of a notable priest, Rev. Basilios Lambrides. I'm listening to Hymns of Kassiani, a new disc by the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
This recent program by Toronto's Thin Edge New Music Collective includes the première of Dark Flower, a major new piano quartet by Smith, alongside pieces by Jonathan Bailey Holland, Sarah Hennies, and Alex Jang. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The genially towering German mezzo-soprano, who sang with an unexampled fusion of power, beauty, passion, and understanding, has died at the age of ninety-three. At the summit of her vast discography stands the greatest of all recordings of Das Lied... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Noise of Time. The New Yorker, April 19, 2021. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
From her performances of I See You, during Wild Up's Darkness Sounding festival. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The great liberal theologian has died at the age of ninety-three. I immediately thought of his remarkable 1982 essay on Parsifal, mention of which I sadly cut from the final draft of Wagnerism. It is a passionate and personal interpretation,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
From Wild Up's vibrant new recording of Femenine. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A Cultural Comment on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Worth watching especially for Sean Panikkar's contribution. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Featuring music of Leslie Lang, Nicki Chen, Brandon Becker, Tim Feeney, Jacob Grabbe, Eric Lennartson, Daniel Newman-Lessler, Adam Zuckerman, Sara Brown, Nicholas Deyoe, Takemitsu, Bartók, and McIntosh himself. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Music Regained. The New Yorker, March 22, 2021. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Two video streams from the Bavarian Radio Symphony give a foretaste of the incipient Simon Rattle era in Munich. The first pairs Messiaen's Et Exspecto with a premiere by Ondřej Adámek; the second makes an unexpected but very Rattlean link... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Ensemble Nikel in Battery Park, at TIME:SPANS 2019. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise