Category Archives: Recordings

Blogging and the Van Meegeren Syndrome

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you. Without a strong rhyme to step to. Well, I’ve been teaching again after a semester’s sabbatical and working on a biggish piece of offline writing, so that’s been occupying my … Continue reading

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As I’ve written before, one of the general ideas that holds the greatest allure for me is the discovery of long-unheard music and musical practices, of hearing again what is generally agreed to have disappeared and been forgotten, and of … Continue reading

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Click Here for Gershwin

This year, the American Musicological Society’s national meeting was in Lou’vl, KY, and it has proven to be one of my favorite annual get-togethers: good program, papers, food, bourbon, networking, planning, socializing, jamming, even meetings…really, the whole lot. One of … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Jazz, Performance Practice, Recordings

If you can’t trust yourself, trust the process

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Let Me Tell You a Story

Or four, or (really) seven. A Certain Young Man returned a couple of weeks ago from his summer internship in Washington, D. C. bearing gifts, including a recording of Chopin Ballades—plus three Nocturnes—by Nelson Goerner.  The recording was done in … Continue reading

Posted in Performance, Performance Practice, Piano, Recordings, Uncategorized

Fearsomely Authentic

Jonathan Bellman I have just finished listening to Raising Sand, the T-Bone Burnett-produced Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration that won Album of the Year.  To me, the thing sizzles, and I’m a fan of neither country music nor Plant.  I never liked Zeppelin much; I … Continue reading

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Reactions to the Record II

Jonathan Bellman So I’m back from Stanford; this meeting was absolutely superb (the first one in April 2007, which I reported here, was also superb). I have to love the sort of meeting where someone  (Denis Hall, actually) can come up to me at … Continue reading

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