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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: 2017-05-26T02:05:40-04:00


Katherine Ruth Heyman plays Scriabin


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.

Nightafternight playlist


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...

A Jean Huré moment


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)....

Eight days in April


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...

The death of criticism, 1936 edition


“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...

Elbphliharmonie, Boulez Saal


Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017.

A Robin Minard moment


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Czernowin on CD


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:...

Czernowin's Infinite Now


Cataclysm. The New Yorker, May 15, 2017.

Nightafternight playlist


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)...