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Preview: Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker

Updated: 2017-12-14T17:34:44-05:00


Andy Warhol on Wagner


The new Muhly


Nico Muhly's third opera, Marnie, can be heard on BBC 3. It arrives at the Met next season.

Apex 2017


At the New Yorker website may be found my list of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2017. The Rest Is Noise Person of the Year is Tyshawn Sorey. Oh, do not ask, "What is it?" Let us go and listen...

Miscellany: Salonen, Ojai, etc.


Photo by Adam Crane. Esa-Pekka Salonen, seen above on the Santa Monica beach in 2008, will be the subject of a Total Immersion program at the Barbican on Sunday. The day will culminate in BBC Symphony performances of Wing on...

New operas by John Adams and Annie Gosfield


True West. The New Yorker, Dec. 11, 2017.

Accusations against James Levine


Michael Cooper reports in the New York Times that three men have now come forward with allegations that James Levine sexually abused them when they were teenagers. The Met has responded by suspending the conductor from all future engagements at...

Notable recordings of 2017 (preliminary)


I have begun compiling my end-of-year list of notable performances and recordings. The following recordings will appear on it: Tyshawn Sorey, Verisimilitude (Pi) Divine Theatre: works of Giaches de Wert; Stile Antico (Harmonia Mundi) Bach, Solo Cello Suites; Thomas Demenga...



Michael Pisaro playing Pauline Oliveros's Bye Bye Butterfly. On Nov. 30, the Talea Ensemble will come to the Italian Academy in NYC to give the American première of FACE, a major new seventy-minute voice-and-ensemble work by Pierluigi Billone, one of...

For Cleo Lambrides Webster


My beloved great-aunt Cleo died on Monday at the age of ninety-eight. She would not have approved of any sort of elaborate memorial; she wished to depart with a minimum of fuss. Still, I feel compelled to pay tribute to...

Nightafternight playlist


New and recent releases of interest. — Jürg Frey, Collection Gustave Roud; Frey, Stefan Thut, Dante Boon, Andrew McIntosh, Regula Konrad, Stephen Altoft, Lee Ferguson (another timbre) — Björk, Utopia (One Little Indian) — Berlioz, Les Troyens; Joyce DiDonato, Michael...