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Nightafternight playlist

Thu, 2017-09-21 11:41
— Gregory Spears, Fellow Travelers; Aaron Blake, Joseph Lattanzi, Mark Gibson conducting the Cincinnati Symphony (Fanfare Cincinnati) — Bernstein, Complete Solo Piano Works; Leann Osterkamp (Steinway) — Bach, Solo Cello Suites; Thomas Demenga (ECM; digital 9/29, physical 11/17) — Bach,... Alex Ross
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Design for Living*

Mon, 2017-09-18 21:23
Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder's Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (MIT Press) is a handsomely illustrated volume devoted not to the incontestable classics of the LP era but to the more utilitarian margins of the... Alex Ross
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John Wooldridge, bomber-composer

Sat, 2017-09-16 09:42
The British actor Dirk Bogarde made two famous film appearances as composers: as Liszt in Song Without End and as a musicalized version of Gustav von Aschenbach in Visconti's Death in Venice. One might add to the list, with an... Alex Ross
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For John Ashbery

Thu, 2017-09-07 14:38
A brief memorial at the New Yorker website. Alex Ross
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For Wilhelm Killmayer

Wed, 2017-08-23 08:57
The Munich-based composer, who swam against the modernist tide of postwar music, has died at the age of eighty-nine. He received little notice outside Germany; I was touched to receive a note from him several years ago after I made... Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:43
New and recent recordings of interest. Tyshawn Sorey, Verisimilitude; Sorey, Cory Smythe, Chris Tordini (Pi Recordings) [I wrote a brief comment for the New Yorker website] Daniel Lentz, River of 1000 Streams; Vicki Ray (Cold Blue) Poulenc, Choral Works; The... Alex Ross
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Salzburg Festival 2017

Mon, 2017-08-14 08:31
Power Play. The New Yorker, Aug. 21, 2017. Alex Ross
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Wagner in Omaha, 1887 and 1895

Fri, 2017-08-11 13:47
The first is a visit by the National Opera Company, during its troubled nationwide tour, with an array of operas that included Lohengrin; the second is Walter Damrosch, the New York Symphony, and a distinguished retinue of singers, including Johanna... Alex Ross
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Miscellany

Sun, 2017-08-06 11:54
The indomitable Flux Quartet, who gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman's gigantic Second Quartet in 1999, repeat the feat at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo on Aug. 8.... ICE will give the American première of Liza Lim's How... Alex Ross
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At the graves of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis

Fri, 2017-08-04 10:25
Photos courtesy of longtime Noise friend Ara Guzelimian. Alex Ross
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At the grave of Anton Bruckner

Tue, 2017-08-01 08:02
On a visit to Salzburg, I had time for one composer-grave day trip: Bruckner in St. Florian or Webern in Mittersill. I polled the collective sagacity of Twitter, which voted decisively for Bruckner. Indeed, St. Florian is a most remarkable... Alex Ross
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At the grave of Georg Trakl

Sun, 2017-07-30 14:56
Innsbruck. The great Austrian poet is on the lower right. Alex Ross
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Notes on gay opera

Thu, 2017-07-27 11:18
Meyrianne Héglon as Omphale in Xavier Leroux's Astarté. For the New Yorker website I've written a Cultural Comment on the recent wave of gay-themed operas, with particular attention to productions of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar at the L.A. Philharmonic and... Alex Ross
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Notes on gay opera

Thu, 2017-07-27 10:54
Meyrianne Héglon as Omphale in Xavier Leroux's Astarté. For the New Yorker website I've written a Cultural Comment on the recent wave of gay-themed operas, with particular attention to recent productions of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar at the L.A. Philharmonic... Alex Ross
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Miscellany

Tue, 2017-07-25 15:37
The Earle Brown Foundation is bringing its Time Spans Festival to New York Aug. 1-5. It's a fantastic lineup both of ensembles — Talea, Bozzini Quartet, JACK Quartet — and of repertory: recent works of Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Jürg... Alex Ross
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Bruce Odland and the Tank

Mon, 2017-07-17 09:57
Tank Music. The New Yorker, July 24, 2017. Alex Ross
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Toscanini and power

Wed, 2017-07-12 11:01
A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website, July 12, 2017. The photograph, which appeared in the program booklet for Toscanini's 1944 Red Cross benefit at Madison Square Garden, is by Sgt. Stanley Smith. It shows a 1943 mission by... Alex Ross
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Book in progress

Sun, 2017-07-02 10:12
In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might... Alex Ross
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Tyshawn Sorey

Fri, 2017-06-30 18:24
Inner Landscape. The New Yorker, July 3 and 10, 2017. Alex Ross
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More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles

Sat, 2017-06-24 08:54
In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon... Alex Ross
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