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Listen to This

de Alex Ross

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This collection of essays showcases the best of Ross's writing from more than a decade at" The New Yorker." Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, "Listen to This" teaches us how to listen.… (més)

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I can't get enough of this dude!!! Tickled to read about the author's experience seeing BLATZ at 924 Gilman. Like "The Rest is Noise": fluent, dexterous, informative, but "Listen to This" is also personal, affecting, and funny, and reading Ross as he writes outside of his comfort zone is as interesting as any of his classical writing. He is able to distill narratives and themes across all genres in a really incredible way that makes me want to listen more/play more/read more. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Today I finished reading Listen to This, or as much of it as I am going to. I have been reading the essays out of order. I knew it was time to quit when three page into an essay on Mozart I suddenly realized I'd already read it. These are stylish, diverting pieces--Ross is knowledgeable and an elegant writer--but they lack heft. Some of these essays began as reviews for The New Yorker and The Nation, and they retain a magazine feel, lightly skimming the glossy surface of profound subjects. One of the most engaging essays, the discussion of the sacralization of music, began life as a review of books by William Weber and Kenneth Hamilton, and naturally you'll learn much more about the origins of 20th century classical concert culture and its weird fetishes from these guys (and Larry Levine, James H. Johnson, etc.) than you will here. As an inducement to further reading, it's recommendable. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
Si, questo libro è davvero una gioia. Non tanto perche' unisce gli appassionati di classica e pop - come spesso si e'. Nessun serio melomane potra' prendere in considerazione l'idea di ascoltarsi i Radiohead, ne' nessun ragazzotto che si prende sul serio potra' decidersi di provare l'ebbrezza del Don Giovanni diretto da Giulini. Io, che non sono ne' (solo) melomane ne' (solo) ragazzotto, ho con grande piacere scoperto John Luther Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorrain Hunt Lieberson. Sono scivolato via dal saggio su Dylan e sulla musica cinese, ho letto con grande interesse tutto il resto, velocizzando sulle parti strettamente tecniche. Un libro che potrebbe spaventare per la mole, ma si legge con grande velocita'. Poi rimane il dispiacere di scoprire autori bellissimi e brani profondissimi con cosi' grande ritardo. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Alex Ross is a stellar writer, and I'm willing to bet he's a great musician, too.

This book of essays is based on articles he wrote for the New Yorker and the New York Times from the late 1990's, until 2011. The essays cover everything from the musical history of the descending chromatic bass line (also known as the "lament," and "the walking blues"), to Bjork and Radiohead, and Bach, Brahms, and Bob ... as in Bob Dylan. Along the way, Mr. Ross captures the many ways music communicates deeper emotions than can be expressed in words, as in his description of Peter Lieberson's song for his dying wife, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, "Sonnet XCII."

As with Mr. Ross's previous work, "The Rest if Noise," I have nothing but superlatives. If you love music, you'll want to read this book. ( )
  harrietbrown | Mar 21, 2014 |
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The triumph of “Listen to This” is that Ross dusts off music that’s centuries old to reveal the passion and brilliance that’s too often hidden from a contemporary audience. It’s a joy for a pop fan or a classical aficionado.
 
Running through every piece is a spirit of adventure, common sense, joy and, ultimately, engagement. As when he suggests this approach to classical music: "The best kind of classical performance is not a retreat into the past but an intensification of the present."
 
There's a huge amount to admire in this collection of essays about music, but not quite enough to love. Alex Ross -- the widely honored author of "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century" -- writes for the New Yorker, and sometimes it shows. All the pieces are marvels of research and reporting, but at least half of them feel a little solemn, over-edited and just mildly pedantic.
 

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This collection of essays showcases the best of Ross's writing from more than a decade at" The New Yorker." Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, "Listen to This" teaches us how to listen.

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