All Ears on Alex Ross

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

For this debut edition of All Ears, we welcome Alex Ross. Ross caused a stir when he opened his new book, Listen To This, with the provocative declaration: “I hate 'classical music'.” He joins us to talk the various genres of music that actually fall under the “classical” category, exploring the similarities between Beethoven and rapper Eminem, between Radiohead and Bach. Also, we ponder musical expressions of sorrow and lament from various cultures and centuries.

Ross is a longtime New Yorker magazine critic and an author of two books. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, is a social and historical survey of 20th century music that won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ross's latest book, Listen to This, is a collection of pieces culled from his columns in The New Yorker. Its coverage ranges from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony to Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue.


Blues For A Dancer - Mvt. 4
David Baker
Prague Radio Orchestra

Improvisation (Saxophone Solo)
Eugene J. Bozza
Paquito D'Rivera, saxophone

Lullaby and Doina
Osvaldo Golijov
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Todd Palmer, clarinet

Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” – Mvt. 1 & Mvt. 4
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
CBS Records

Carlo Gesualdo 

Everything in its Right Place
Album: Kid A

Chacona: A La Vida Bona (Arañés)
Jordi Savall
Hespèrion Xxi
La Capella Reial De Catalunya
Alia Vox 

B-Minor Mass, Crucifixus
J.S. Bach
Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
harmonia mundi

Future Blues
Willie Brown
Album: Son House & The Great Delta Blues Singers

Simple Twist of Fate
Bob Dylan
Album: Blood on the Tracks

Going to Sleep
Dave Brubeck
John Salmon, piano

Lute-Book Lullabye
Arturo Delmoni and Friends, String Quartet
John Marks Records

The Things Our Fathers Loved
Charles Ives
Thomas Hampson, baritone

Land of My Fathers

James James
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone

Mamadou Diabate
Mamadou Diabate, kora
World Village

Apartment House 1776

John Cage
Walter Buckingham, protestant
Darrell Dunn, native american
Semenya McCord, african american
Chiam Parchi, sephardi

Indian Lament

Antonin Dvorak
Yo-Yo Ma, cello;
Patricia Zander, piano

Quarry Lullaby
Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

Weather Two
Michael Gordon
Ensemble Resonanz
Evan Ziporyn, conductor

Blues For Bass
Arvell Shaw
Louis Armstrong, trumpet
Decca Jazz

Comments [8]

herbert vaughan, MD from stamford CT

I have to complain about some of the WQXR programming and announcers. There is too much "cute" talk by the announcers rather than announcing the music and giving some useful information. Terrance McKnight is a big pain and Q2 is untenable. Fortunately
I have a good CD collection so when I turn off the radio I have something better. Saturday and Sunday evenings are mostly CD times for me

Jan. 03 2011 10:59 AM
LES from Washington DC

Joanne, thanks

Dec. 12 2010 07:39 PM
Debra Levine from Los Angeles

Enjoying the Cage piece, Terrance.

Dec. 11 2010 11:22 PM

Found this: Airs Saturday nights at 10pm on 105.9 FM [WQXR]; encores on Sundays at 4pm and Mondays at 8pm on Q2

Dec. 11 2010 05:59 PM
LES from Washington DC

Will this be available on archive? Sounds like a terrific show and I hate to miss it but holiday parties this evening, you know

Dec. 11 2010 02:25 PM
William price

The book is a good synoptic canvass of
the state of serious music briiliantly writtern from a benevolent non-jaundiced view. It is mandated reading for the concert fan of the modern state of the discipline..

Dec. 11 2010 01:45 PM

I second the question, and the capital letters... The most basic info was left out. What time?

Dec. 11 2010 09:55 AM
Judy Siegman from Brooklyn


Dec. 11 2010 09:47 AM

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