Originally posted by Mac Write
How do you collect 2,500 classical CD's witbout duplicates? did you buy complete boxsets or Mozard, Bach, beethoven, etc? How much per CD?
That is nothing. I have a friend who has more than 20 000 CDs. The amount of music out there is vast. I could probably order 1000 CDs tomorrow and not get a single duplication of a work I already have.
I have no complete sets of composers, but I have 4 different recordings of Beethovens string quartets. And 3 complete symphony cycles. And 3 complete recordings of the piano sonatas. And so on and so on...
Music exists in three forms - the way the composer means it, the way the performers interpret it, and the way the listener hears it. Nobody knows how the composer wanted it played - the performer must try to look behind the score and different performers see different things in the music, and the way you hear it differs with your mood. So a work will sound different with different interpretations (and on different hearinigs). You really need to have more than one recording of the main works (I have 7 complete recordings of Wagners Ring).
I probably paid around 15$ pr CD (CDs are expensive here), so the cost of my collection is about 35000 - 40000 $. I have a Krell CD player, Conrad-Johnson tube amplifiers and Quad electrostatic loudspeakers, and the sound is fantastic. No compressed music (iTMS) for me