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Retrieved after dipping into Greil Marcus's forthcoming book Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs (Yale UP). Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Nearby are Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Oscar Levant, Gregor Piatigorsky, Helen Traubel, and Frank Zappa, not to mention Billy Wilder, Josef von Sternberg, and Marilyn Monroe. Previously: Lubitsch, Korngold, Salieri, Bruckner, Liszt, Georg Trakl, Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, Thomas Mann, Bach,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Photo: David Zimmerman. Street Symphony, a remarkable Los Angeles-based organization led by the violinist-activist Vijay Gupta, stages performances and workshops in homeless shelters, jails, and other places where classical musicians seldom appear. Previously, I'd seen them at the Midnight Mission,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
From Andrew Marantz's article “The Illiberal Order," in this week's New Yorker: There was no single moment when the democratic backsliding began in Hungary. There were no shots fired, no tanks in the streets. “Orbán doesn’t need to kill us,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Anything Goes. The New Yorker, July 4, 2022. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Martin J. Baron, the imperturbable admiral of fact-checking at The New Yorker, died today at the age of eighty-five. Mr. Baron, as he was invariably addressed, had a thirty-five-year tenure at the magazine, during which time he must have conversed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The Italian translation of Wagnerism, by Lorenzo Parmiggiani and Andrea Silvestri, is now available from Bompiani. It joins the Spanish version, by Luis Gago (Seix Barral), and the German version, by Gloria Buschor and Günter Kotzor (Rowohlt). I am well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Courtesy of the Avant-Garde Project. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Marx in Chemnitz. Aida in Chemnitz. The New Yorker, June 20, 2022. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Slowly Expanding Milton Babbitt Album by Erik Carlson Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. Schoeck, Elegie; Christian Gerhaher, Heinz Holliger conducting the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Sony) Alvin Singleton, Four String Quartets; Momenta Quartet (New World) Johanna Beyer, Music for Woodwinds; Arizona Wind Quintet, Daniel Linder (New World) Mouton,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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After Dortmund, I spent more than a week in Bamberg, hovering around the Bamberg Symphony while they presented two Wagnerish concerts: a multimedia presentation titled Die Welt mit Wagner, produced by Clemens and Nick Prokop; and Der Ring ohne Worte,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Outsiders. The New Yorker, June 6, 2022. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I am taking part in Theater Dortmund's third Wagner-Cosmos festival, which examines links between Wagner and French culture. The program for the weekend includes Spontini's Fernand Cortez, a work that had a considerable impact on the young Wagner; Ernest Guiraud's... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Dozens of attempts have been made at setting Hamlet to music; few have been deemed successful. One that deserves a second look is a 1974 adaptation by the Romanian composer Pascal Bentoiu. I found myself mesmerized by his approach, though... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The pianist Alexander Toradze, one of the most formidable and passionate exponents of the music of Sergei Prokofiev, died on May 11 at the age of sixty-nine. I knew Lexo from several interviews over the years, and was charmed, as... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Basin and Range. The New Yorker, May 23, 2022. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Raven Chacon's Voiceless Mass, an immensely haunting piece for organ and ensemble, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music. Above is a video of the premiere, performed by members of Present Music, in Milwaukee. The other finalists were Andy... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In 2012, as part of the John Cage centennial celebrations in San Francisco, the Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo collaborated with Mariachi Nueva Generación to produce a mariachi rendition of Cage's Variations II. The performance caused the audience some anxiety. I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The arch-magus of the piano died yesterday in Lausanne, at the age of seventy-six. For me, Lupu was the supreme living practitioner of his instrument, a musician and artist of the highest order. I wrote about him many times, always... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The master of sophisticated uproar rests in verdant peace. In another part of Forest Lawn lies my near-namesake Ross Alexander, a bright-eyed actor who came to a very sad end. Previously: Korngold, Salieri, Bruckner, Liszt, Georg Trakl, Willa Cather and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Pyramid of Sound. The New Yorker, April 18, 2022. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise