Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic at The New York Times, previously served as chief theater critic at the Financial Times and chief dance critic at The Times Literary Supplement.
 (May 2012)


The Pleasures of Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen receiving the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House, February 2012

Freedom and the Arts: Essays on Music and Literature

by Charles Rosen
Even those of us who admire Charles Rosen as the most remarkable critic writing today must be startled by the polymathy in his new collection, Freedom and the Arts. Just to see the spectrum provided by the titles of the twenty-eight essays is to marvel: “Structural Dissonance and the Classical Sonata,” “Theodore Adorno: Criticism as Cultural Nostalgia,” “Lost Chords and the Golden Age of Pianism,” “La Fontaine: The Ethical Power of Style,” “Hofmannsthal and Radical Modernism.” To read them is to marvel further: Rosen’s communicative power is as prodigious as his versatility.