Go To Top

31 May 2013

Start Spreading the News →

“It has the potential to break out of the classical ghetto and into the consciousness of cultured New Yorkers. While there are a fair number of familiar names in the programs, the open-call scheme creates an opportunity for real discoveries.”

That’s a taste of New Yorker critic Alex Ross’s effusive reaction in his blog, The Rest Is Noise, to Wednesday’s announcement of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today’s music by a wide range of more than 50 contemporary and modern composers that will showcase an array of performances presented with partners in venues both on and off the Lincoln Center campus. The New York Times shared his enthusiasm, writing, “The inaugural series, to run from May 28 to June 7, 2014, positions the orchestra at the heart of an evolving cultural sector concerned with new sounds and fresh ideas.”

Learn more about the rich and varied array of events and wrap your head around the jam-packed schedule by exploring our Webpage

27 August 2012

Beautiful Music Together

In 1946 Gyorgy Kurtág — whose … quasi una fantasia … will be performed in the Philharmonic’s season-opening concert — met his wife, Marta, through her piano teacher. Kurtág played Marta some Liszt. “He played, and I thought I would like to be his wife,” said Marta. “I said, ‘Please would you like to play some pieces for two pianos?’ And in six months we were married.”

Six decades later, the Kurtágs’ love story continues to play out. The New Yorker's Alex Ross called their 2006 Vienna performance of Kurtág’s four-hands transcription of Bach’s Sonatina from Actus Tragicus, Cantata BWV 106,  ”one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.”

Watch and listen in the video above.

8 September 2011

Showing Up: Live Music After Sept. 11 →

nprmusic:

Those of us who crave music knew that things wouldn’t begin to feel even close to right until we could stand in a crowd with amplified sound crashing into us, getting us to move, offering its own explanations. So we gathered in clubs and theaters as soon as we could.

In 2001 I was working for The New York Times, reviewing shows a couple of times a week. For the weekend of Sept. 15, I’d planned to attend the CMJ Music Marathon, an annual event that brought in artists from all over the world and packed all the big clubs in town. Instead I made it to the Bowery Ballroom to see a fragment of that event — a few acts who’d arrived before the catastrophe that had gathered to play a benefit for the New York Fire Department.

I’d come mostly to see the Clean, an indie cult favorite from New Zealand whose stateside appearances were as rare as those of the buff-breasted sandpiper. Once I stood at the Bowery Ballroom’s balcony bar, however, embracing a steady stream of acquaintances, I realized I was really there for another reason. Here was my quotidian community: the other writers, music biz folks, club kids and superfans with whom I spent countless convivial nights without ever taking the next steps toward intimacy. These were the kind of friendships that defined life in the city: the circumstantial connections that we took for granted, and which suddenly seemed endangered. Confirming them was crucial.

—Ann Powers on going out after Sept. 11.

Read more post-9/11 concert memories from Alex Ross, Nate Chinen, Will Hermes and other music writers.

The writing of Alex Ross in The New Yorker and elsewhere reminds us that classical music can shake the soul as much as popular music can; two concerts in the wake of Sept. 11 stood out for him.

"Both of them, oddly or not, involved 19th-century German music," he wrote. "One was a now-legendary performance of Brahms’ German Requiem by the New York Philharmonic. It was beautifully sung and played, and the essential humility of Brahms’ act of mourning came through powerfully. When it was over, the elderly Kurt Masur simply stood to one side with the orchestra, not bowing, immobile like an honor guard. That was very moving.

16 May 2011

From Mahler to Monk →

The Rest Is Noise

New Yorker critic and best-selling author Alex Ross writes about this week’s Mahler performances, honoring the centennial of the death of the conductor/composer (and former Philharmonic music director). Last night the New York Philharmonic was in Vienna to give an all-Mahler concert at the Musikverein, three days before the anniversary in the city where he died. Be a part of this historic occasion and experience the commemoration through the Orchestra’s virtual tours. The next installment is later this afternoon!

9 December 2010

New Yorker critic Alex Ross on
2010: The Most MemorableMoments in Music
Conductor: In a startling turn of events, Alan Gilbert, midway through his second season at the New York Philharmonic, has transformed a once hidebound orchestra into a crusading modern-music ensemble. Even more surprising, he has brought much of the audience along with him, inciting full-throated ovations for such risky fare as György Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre,” Edgard Varèse’s “Amériques,” and Magnus Lindberg’s “Kraft.” Gilbert’s task is now to bring the same fire to standard repertory.

New Yorker critic Alex Ross on

2010: The Most Memorable
Moments in Music

Conductor: In a startling turn of events, Alan Gilbert, midway through his second season at the New York Philharmonic, has transformed a once hidebound orchestra into a crusading modern-music ensemble. Even more surprising, he has brought much of the audience along with him, inciting full-throated ovations for such risky fare as György Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre,” Edgard Varèse’s “Amériques,” and Magnus Lindberg’s “Kraft.” Gilbert’s task is now to bring the same fire to standard repertory.

30 November 2010

Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s president, was sitting behind me, and afterward an elderly woman approached him, wagging her finger. ‘Fan-tas-tic,’ she said. Perhaps audiences are finally beginning to approach twentieth-century music with the same open-mindedness that they long accorded twentieth-century painting.

—  Alex Ross describes a “seldom witnessed” scene at Avery Fisher Hall, following the Philharmonic’s performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft in October. The article “Darkness Audible” appears in the November 29 issue of The New Yorker.

30 November 2010

Why do we hate modern classical music? →

Lisa Saffer in ENO's version of Alban Berg's Lulu. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

In the November 29 issue of the Guardian (UK), author and music critic for The New Yorker Alex Ross cites Alan Gilbert’s efforts in performing modern repertoire, and poses the question: Are classical music audiences missing out by looking too much to its past?

Alan Gilbert, who took over as the New York Philharmonic’s music director last season, has had startling successes with such rowdy fare as Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Varèse’s Amériques, and, at the beginning of this season, Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft. Veteran observers were agog at the sight of Philharmonic subscribers cheering Lindberg’s piece, which contains hardly a trace of tonality and requires the use of discarded car parts as percussion. What made the difference was Gilbert’s gift for talking audiences through unfamiliar territory: in a mini-lecture, he mapped out the structure of the piece, demonstrated a few highlights, made jokes at his own expense, and generally gave people the idea that if they left early they’d be missing out.

Following

  • Call Me Suds
  • THE WJS JOURNAL.
  • Pop Culture Brain | Movies TV Music Web Theater
  • Vintage Books & Anchor Books
  • be good Peaches
  • cheap grunge summer ghost
  • Laughing Squid on Tumblr
  • nach und nach wieder auflebend
  • The Office
  • Fast Company
  • C.P.
  • Salon
  • Popular Mechanics
  • JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC
  • Life is an orchestra.
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Obit of the Day
  • I HEAR, THEREFORE I AM.
  • I hate yoga.
  • a falcon, or a storm, or a great song
  • Scientific Illustration
  • The Fluffington Post
  • NPR Fresh Air
  • The Huffington Post
  • ideas for cities
  • Moleskine Lovers
  • The Washington Post
  • liederderp
  • ComicsAlliance
  • Eyes on Sims
  • NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
  • Humans of New York
  • Vintascope
  • submissive heart
  • IFC
  • Homilius
  • GEORGE TAKEI
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Old New York
  • The Electric Typewriter
  • for whom time stands still
  • *Taps Mic*
  • Yahoo News
  • Travelerz Cave
  • BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER.
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR
  • SculptureCenter
  • NASA
  • The Week
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art | Our Story
  • FUCK YEAH HISTORY CRUSHES
  • Things Organized Neatly
  • WIRED
  • AWL MUSIC
  • All things Europe
  • Team Coco on Tumblr
  • W Magazine
  • New Music USA
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • SFMOMA
  • Contemporary Art Daily
  • =^_^=
  • An Escalator to Instagraham-Crackers
  • World News Tonight
  • the leading tone
  • Look at this Little Thing!
  • Queens Library
  • Funny Or Die
  • Powell's Books
  • Freunde von Freunden
  • I got Rhythm.
  • Trashy TV
  • Cats. Where they do not belong.
  • This Belongs in a Museum
  • US National Archives Exhibits
  • Against Whom, Rose?
  • RunJuliet
  • Guardian Music
  • Los Angeles Times
  • gabriel kahane
  • UKinUSA on Tumblr
  • World Domination is currently out of the question.
  • our favorite findings!
  • Sad Stuff on the Street
  • Medium Aevum
  • Mahlerian
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • what's past is prologue
  • The Sky Might Fall
  • Micropolis:NYC
  • Let the music play...
  • UMass Journalism
  • New Museum
  • POZ
  • The final sentence.
  • 92nd Street Y
  • Cabin Porn™
  • The Vimeo Blog
  • Blogthoven
  • The New Yorker
  • PRI's The World
  • I'm With Kanye
  • Today's Document
  • ShakespeareStagehands
  • This Week in Creepy Robots
  • The Daily Bungalow
  • SundanceTV
  • The Lively Morgue
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Good Morning America
  • MSNBC - Lean Forward
  • National Building Museum
  • The Guardian
  • Science & Fiction
  • BlackBook
  • PBS on Tumblr
  • Hello. I'm Soraya & this... is my blog.
  • Photo Explorations
  • The Nostalgia of the Infinite
  • The Daily Bunny
  • The Daily Otter
  • Total Film
  • The Political Notebook
  • Dark City
  • A Cuppa Day
  • fotojournalismus
  • This Day In History
  • The Feature
  • Whitewater Dreamer
  • Piano Around the World
  • Lord beer me strength.
  • neuroimagining
  • Home Video of Oprah Sobbing into a Lean Cuisine
  • Cat Vs Human
  • BRITTICISMS
  • DesignCloud
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • the world to come
  • Good for the heart; bad for the soul
  • WNYC's Transmitter
  • SCATTERED AS MY MOTHERS PEARLS
  • Breaking News
  • Mother Nature Network
  • Deus ex musica
  • passacaglia
  • Vintage Visuals
  • Lal-la-la...la....la
  • V-Neck and a Cardigan
  • #WHAT SHOULD WE CALL CLARINET
  • Nie Dam Sie
  • Quoted on People.com
  • she dreams in color, she dreams in red
  • OBI Scrapbook Blog
  • Samuel Rubenfeld's Tumblr
  • A Little Space to Fill
  • mtv
  • Heilewelt - a blog for music lovers
  • San Diego Zoo
  • The Art Of Animation
  • United Nations
  • Congress in the Archives
  • flavorpill
  • I Love Charts
  • boston.tumblr.com
  • American Public Media
  • PBS NewsHour
  • Unhappy Hipsters
  • Un Avvenir Migliore
  • Michael Johnson
  • ArtBattles
  • HuffPost TV on Tumblr
  • SUCK IT
  • Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim
  • Whimsicality's musicality
  • simplify your life
  • MovieLegends
  • Minimal
  • Down Bow, Up Bow
  • idiosyncrasies.
  • tip toe through our shiny city
  • Survivor
  • 1001 Reasons
  • Journal of a Journalist
  • Musica Humana
  • Photojojo ♥'s Tumblr
  • you are a child of the universe
  • Artsluvr
  • Under the Radar Magazine
  • i want that bedroom
  • i want that kitchen
  • McNally Jackson Bookmongers
  • I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
  • The Paris Review
  • Here's Some Awesome
  • POETS.org
  • Founding Fatherfest
  • Glamour Tumblr
  • CMJ
  • I Love Old Magazines
  • Mediaite
  • Our Presidents
  • SciSpotlight: NYSCI News Digest
  • Newsweek
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Explore
  • Inside InStyle
  • KQEDScience
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Aziz is Bored
  • wcfsymphony on Tumblr
  • naming blogs is easy
  • Brazen Overtures
  • I'm Remembering!
  • Tumblr Staff
  • NET News
  • MinnPost on Tumblr
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • Flutronix
  • NPR
  • secret republic
  • USA.gov
  • Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Editors' Desk
  • harmonia mundi usa
  • Viking / Penguin
  • Classical Literature
  • UC San Diego Health Sciences News
  • RecordSetter
  • The FJP
  • The Onion
  • The Museum of Modern Art Library
  • Iceland on Tumblr
  • Us Weekly on Tumblr
  • Fusion dot net
  • Letters of Note
  • Splitsider
  • Art Along the Way
  • The Moth on Tumblr
  • Babes of NPR
  • TODAY Show
  • orchestra21
  • Sarahndipity
  • Spotify
  • Rolling Stone
  • Tumblr Open Arts
  • NASDAQ on Tumblr
  • NYC GOV
  • Back Catalogue
  • America's Test Kitchen
  • Berkshire Review for the Arts on tumblr
  • Here, take this....
  • On Being Tumblr
  • The World's Game
  • tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming
  • Zack P Schneider
  • Young Manhattanite
  • Fiddling Around
  • Network Awesome
  • ca$hcats.biz
  • mental_floss
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Best Roof Talk Ever
  • FFFFood
  • TMZ tumblr
  • Vanity Fair
  • A Prairie Home Companion
  • NPR Music
  • garfield minus garfield
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • HUFFPOST COMEDY
  • Asia Society
  • The FADER Tumblr
  • Foreign Affairs
  • US News Tumblelog
  • Scribner Books
  • Officials Say the Darndest Things
  • CNBC - First In Business Worldwide
  • Sesame Street
  • the impossible cool.