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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
Alex Ross
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A Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson moment

Sat, 2017-04-15 11:46
Alex Ross
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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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Miscellany: Bob Hurwitz, Tony Conrad, etc.

Fri, 2017-03-24 20:22
Robert Hurwitz, the longtime head of Nonesuch Records, one of the keenest listeners in the recent history of American music, is celebrated with a concert at BAM on April 1. Bob is an avid amateur pianist, and the concert will... Alex Ross
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The future of the LA Phil

Thu, 2017-03-23 08:32
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Wed, 2017-03-22 12:49
— Linda Catlin Smith, Drifter and other works; Apartment House, Bozzini Quartet (another timbre) — Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hommage à Daniel Libeskind; Ensemble SurPlus (Neos) — Thomas Adès, Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms; Adès conducting the London Symphony, with Samuel Dale Johnson,... Alex Ross
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A Missy Mazzoli moment

Thu, 2017-03-16 15:00
Mazzoli's Death Valley Junction, which can also be heard on a New Amsterdam recording by the Jasper Quartet, was written in honor of the remarkable Marta Becket, the diva of Death Valley, who died in January at the age of... Alex Ross
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In praise of Ann Goldstein

Wed, 2017-03-15 14:15
Today is a melancholy day at The New Yorker. Ann Goldstein, the longtime head of our copy-editing department, is leaving the magazine. Copy editing — two words — may sound to outsiders like a job of lesser significance, but it... Alex Ross
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The fate of the critic in the clickbait age

Mon, 2017-03-13 13:15
A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website. Alex Ross
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Esa-Pekka Salonen's new concerto

Mon, 2017-03-13 13:14
L. A. Rhapsody. The New Yorker, March 20, 2017. Alex Ross
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Brecht/Eisler: Kriegsfibel

Fri, 2017-03-10 22:25
Alex Ross
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The Eclipse of 1927

Thu, 2017-03-09 17:28
"At the back of us were great blue spaces in the cloud. But now the colour was going out. The clouds were turning pale; a reddish black colour. Down in the valley it was an extraordinary scrumble of red &... Alex Ross
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What's Off

Wed, 2017-03-08 11:23
In recent years, orchestra and concert-hall websites have been infected with a virus called What's On. This is a style of divulging concert information that avoids the traditional calendar format and instead presents a horizontal or vertical dribble of events... Alex Ross
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Do You Be

Tue, 2017-03-07 23:09
Alex Ross
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A Stefan Prins moment

Tue, 2017-03-07 09:24
A video trailer for Prins's huge PIANO HERO series. Alex Ross
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An Amirkhanian moment

Mon, 2017-03-06 11:40
I'm listening to the Other Minds disc Lexical Music, containing some of Charles Amirkhanian's classic text-sound compositions of the seventies. Church Car is not included, but the video above is a delightful extension of the tradition. Alex Ross
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