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Month: June 2010 (Page 1 of 2)

New in the Recordings Collection (June 2010)

New Finnish CDs

Jukka Tienssu. nemo - Puro - Spiriti. CD 37559

Jukka Tienssu. nemo - Puro - Spiriti. CD 37559

We recently acquired a group of Finnish titles on the Alba label including two recordings with music by composer Jukka Tiensuu (CD 37559 and CD 37560). Complementing our collection of his scores, these recordings include a piano concerto entitled Mind, selections from Alma for orchestra and electronics, and a piece for accordion and orchestra called Spiriti. And on the subject of accordions, the instrument figures prominently in the musical activity of Finland from its love of Tango to its International Accordion Festival held each year in Ikaalinen.

Explore further: recordings of Finnish tango from our collection.

Tom Jobim

Tom Jobim. Waters of march. DVD 1706

Tom Jobim. Waters of march. DVD 1706

Originally from Brazilian label Biscoito Fino, this rich three-part DVD program (DVD 1704, 1705 & 1706) chronicles Jobim’s life and music through a mix of documentary material, interviews and live performances. Taken primarily from a 1990 show, performances feature Jobim on vocals and piano, with a band that includes cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and the occasional special guest: see Chico Buarque in Part 3/She’s a Carioca/Ela è Carioca doing “Ela Desatinou”. Part 1 (No More Blues/Chega de Saudade) also contains material from a 1995 performance with Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Paulinho da Viola, and Part 2 (Waters of March/Águas de Março) presents beautiful footage of a place dear to Jobim, Rio’s Botanical Gardens.

Royal Swedish Opera Archives

Die Walküre. Royal Swedish Opera Archives. CD 36758

Die Walküre. Royal Swedish Opera Archives. CD 36758

We’ve just received several CDs on the Caprice label featuring unpublished house and live recordings from the Royal Swedish Opera. A series highlight so far is a complete performance of Die Walküre (CD 37658) taken from 1955 and 1956 in which Birgit Nilsson sings her first Brünnhilde. Another issue offers Mozart opera arias and excerpts (CD 37659) recorded between 1952 and 1967 with performances by Nilsson, Elisabeth Söderström and others. More titles in this series — Strauss, Berlioz and Verdi (including Björling in Trovatore from 1957) — are on the way.

– Peter Laurence

New: bX Article Recommendation Service

One of the things we hear from library users all the time is how much they enjoy browsing through the stacks for articles related to their research interests. It’s hard to replicate that experience of serendipitous discovery with online journals – though there are a variety of online table of contents services, like JISC’s Journal TOCs – but we’ve just implemented a new scholarly article recommendation service called bX that may help.

It’s built onto the Find It system we already use to connect you to full-text links; when you click the purple Find It button (Find It @ Harvard) in any eresource or enter an article citation into the Citation Linker, you’ll still get the familiar links to the item you’re looking for, but below that you’ll see a list of related articles that might also interest you.

So what does that look like?

bX aggregates and analyzes article usage data to find connections between articles; here’s an example, using Margaret Kartomi’s “The Classification of Musical Instruments: Changing Trends in Research from the Late Nineteenth Century, with Special Reference to the 1990s” (Ethnomusicology 45, (2001): 283-314):

Why doesn’t bX always give recommendations?

bX requires an article title; additional information is required in Citation Linker, but a citation without the article title will never display recommendations. And since those recommendations are based on aggregated data, an article that has been used less frequently may not have enough usage information associated with it to give you related results.

In my experiments with bX this morning, I’ve found that I get different results when I include the subtitles of articles in my searches through Citation Linker; if you’re using this to look for recommendations, you might want to try your searches twice: once with just the first portion of the title, and once with the full title and subtitle of the article.

Give it a try, and let us know what you think! You can submit questions and comments using the Find It Questions and Comments page.

– Kerry Masteller

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