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Beethoven250 Music

The Artist, Hero

Beethoven was not a saint, and often not particularly agreeable. He was a man, and that makes him the artist, Hero.

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The Classical Tradition

2019 Best Classical Part 1

I see so many classical concerts that it takes a helluva lot to get me interested in new releases of standard repertoire, so everything on here is aces.

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The Jazz Scene

2019 Jazz Critic’s Poll

Now is the time for list making, at least when Francis Davis once again asks for your ballot for the annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll…

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Books

Across The Genreverse

In books, genres are useful, and even good.

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Music

Crossing the Streams (Revisited)

Once again, it all comes down to the algorithm.

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Music

Letting Go

What don’t I need to listen to? I’ve been shelving things lately, and also getting rid of stuff. Getting rid of stuff can feel hard at first, but it quickly becomes satisfying. Most of the stuff I have is music, most of that (in physical media) is CDs. And I’ve been looking at my shelves […]

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Music

One for George

Gershwin died too soon but left us with so much…American music would be impoverished without him.

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Music

Music by Derek Bermel

There’s a fine new recording out on Naxos, the Albany Symphony playing several pieces by Derek Bermel.