28 February 2008

The Rest is Noise - book review

Alex Ross is the music critic for the New Yorker magazine who blogs prolifically at The Rest is Noise. And even though he doesn't have comments switched on at his site, his postings are required reading for anyone who wants to keep abreast of classical music - especially as seen from New York city. His tastes and references are amazingly eclectic and unstuffy. One minute he's analysing the latest staging of the Ring Cycle and next he's reporting on developments in contemporary rock music or a recently discovered private recording of a John Coltrane radio broadcast. This is his long-awaited first book and major oeuvre as a critic, tracing the development of twentieth century classical music from the first night of Strauss's Salome (no accent) in 1905 to John Adams's Nixon in China in 1987... Read more >>

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