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Katherine Ruth Heyman plays Scriabin

Thu, 2017-05-25 23:05
Heyman, one of Scriabin's most energetic American champions (and an early influence on the peculiar cosmology of Ezra Pound), was herself a prolific composer; her music might be worth exploring. Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Mon, 2017-05-22 19:37
New and recent releases of interest, in Steve Smith style. — James Weeks, Mala Punica; Exaudi (Winter & Winter) — BEYOND: Daníel Bjarnason, Qui Tollis; Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aura; Christopher Cerrone, Memory Palace; Ellen Reid, Fear-Release; Andrew McIntosh, I Hold the... Alex Ross
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A Jean Huré moment

Sat, 2017-05-20 10:05
Alas, no recording seems to exist of this extraordinary music from Huré's La Cathédrale, in which all twelve notes of the chromatic scale sound simultaneously, in advance of Berg's Altenberg Lieder (though not, to be sure, of Jean-Paul-Égide Martini's Sapho).... Alex Ross
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Eight days in April

Thu, 2017-05-18 22:48
This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the... Alex Ross
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The death of criticism, 1936 edition

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:36
“Because this year has not brought an improvement in art criticism, I forbid once and for all the continuance of art criticism in its past form, effective as of today. From now on, the reporting of art will take the... Alex Ross
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Elbphliharmonie, Boulez Saal

Mon, 2017-05-15 08:10
Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017. Alex Ross
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A Robin Minard moment

Tue, 2017-05-09 22:01
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Czernowin on CD

Tue, 2017-05-09 12:10
The music of Chaya Czernowin, whose immensely powerful new opera Infinite Now I review in this week's issue of The New Yorker, is well represented on records. At the center of her discography are four discs on the Mode label:... Alex Ross
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Czernowin's Infinite Now

Mon, 2017-05-08 06:28
Cataclysm. The New Yorker, May 15, 2017. Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Sat, 2017-05-06 08:54
New and recent releases of interest. — Kurtág, Complete Works for Ensemble and Choir; Reinbert de Leeuw conducting Asko / Schönberg and the Netherlands Radio Choir (ECM) — Katharina Rosenberger, SHIFT and other works; wasteLAnd and Rage Thormbones (hat art)... Alex Ross
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Pelléas in Cleveland

Wed, 2017-05-03 12:06
Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but... Alex Ross
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Miscellany

Tue, 2017-05-02 05:46
The superb British new-music label another timbre will host a three-day festival at Café Oto, in London, this week. Music by the likes of Linda Catlin Smith, Jürg Frey, and Cassandra Miller.... The first issue of Sounds Like Now, a... Alex Ross
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At the orthopedic clinic of Dr. Berwald

Sun, 2017-04-30 03:54
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The new Stravinsky

Wed, 2017-04-26 03:19
A Cultural Comment on Funeral Song, April 25, 2017. Alex Ross
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Iceland in LA

Wed, 2017-04-26 03:17
Nordic Fire. The New Yorker, May 1, 2017. Alex Ross
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A Trevor Bača moment

Wed, 2017-04-19 19:01
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A Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson moment

Sat, 2017-04-15 11:46
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Lou Harrison at 100

Fri, 2017-04-14 08:47
To Lou, with Love. The New Yorker, April 24, 2017. Alex Ross
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The Shift Festival in DC

Sun, 2017-04-09 22:57
Rite of Spring. The New Yorker, April 17, 2017. Alex Ross
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Bookshelf

Sun, 2017-04-09 17:01
New and recent publications of interest. Damon Krukowski, The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (The New Press) Pamela M. Potter, Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (University... Alex Ross
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