In their own words, straight from their CD players to your ears, here are some Princeton professors’ current favorite artists and albums:

SEAN WILENTZ, Grammy-nominee, Bob Dylan’s butt-buddy, AMS & HIS Departments

The rough mix to Shannon McNalley’s new album, Geronimo, due in the ?spring. “Dark, cracked, a voice to die for.”

Natalie Merchant, The House Carpenter’s Daughter. “Especially the ?title track.”

Perla Batalla, Discoteca Battalla. “A special night in Mexico City, ?though it could be Venice, California.”

Jason and the Scorchers, Wildfires and Misfires: Two Decades of ?Outtakes & Rarities. “The most amazing version of Gospel Plow I’ve ever ?heard. A killer, like Jason says.”

Dolly Parton, Little Sparrow. “If you think it’s only Dollywood, ?listen here.”

JOÃO BIEHL, medical anthropologist, Brazillian, ANT Department

Stan Getz and João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto

Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, Vivaldi: Four Seasons

Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure, Talking Timbuktu

Dido, Life for Rent

Caetano Veloso, Fina Estampa

PAUL MULDOON, Pulitzer-prize winning poet, lead guitarist for Rackett, CWR department

Franz Ferdinand

Green Day

Modest Mouse


The Best of Warren Zevon

STANLEY CORNGOLD, general genius, GER Department

Monteverdi, L’Incoronazione di poppea.

Wagner, Siegfried

Schoenberg, Pierrot lunaire

Korngold, Die tote Stadt

Camp Susannah (Susannah Blinkoff), Happy Today. “For something entirely different, the CD made by my niece Susannah Blinkoff.”

SIMON MORRISON, fun guy, MUS Department

Steve Reich, Different Trains, Kronos Quartet. “An optimistic summation of past tragedies, both personal and national.”

Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt, Neemi Jarvi. “This piece is well known for its suite, but the entire score is a revelation…a rare Scandinavian example of musical surrealism.”

Sergei Prokofiev, Incidental Music to Eugene Onegin, New Philharmonia Orchestra. “A much more intimate reading of Pushkin’s text than Chaikovsky’s famous (operatic) reading. The central waltz, scored first for string orchestra and then for out-of-tune harpsichord, is heart-stopping.”

Sergei Prokofiev, Cantata on the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, New Philharmonia Orchestra. “Because I’m writing about it.”

Paul Lansky, Things She Carried. “The musical equivalent of a forensic investigation, exquisitely harmonized.”


“My favorite musical selections are all piano music as played by my wife, especially the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Brahms.   I rarely have to listen to recorded piano music.”

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