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Performing Music in the Age of Recording

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Listeners have enjoyed classical music recordings for more than a century, yet important issues about recorded performances have been little explored. What is the relationship between performance and recording? How are modern audiences affected by the trends set in motion by the recording era? What is the impact of recordings on the lives of musicians? In this wide-ranging ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Richard Pohl
Jan 13, 2015 Richard Pohl rated it it was amazing
Thouroughly satisfying reading, inspiring further reflections about how today´s performer should be fulfilling his calling of bringing music into life. Apart from wonderful outline of how the performing styles were evolving in the course of the last century, there are even interesting insights in the world of recording process itself (including confession of one producer, that there are even awarded recordings, who should be more awarded for his own work at the studio than musicians ...more
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Aug 27, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
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Extremely well-researched, interesting, and important for anyone who wants to do more than mindlessly play how they were taught at the conservatory; plus larger themes. Taste is always changing! We are a result of what came before but that doesn't mean that we're better.
Reading the book, Philip's own biases come through; he's certainly a vibrato lover, and repeatedly dismisses restraint in the use of vibrato as cold. I'm willing to trust his judgments about old performances and performers, thoug
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Jan 12, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
Full of good information, but not engagingly presented. Suspect it would have been better if I had referenced sparingly instead of trying to read straight through.
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