For my birthday I recently treated myself to an array of digital music. It may take me until my next birthday to listen to it all, but it won’t take me a year to pay for it all. Let me tell you what I got.
The following were purchased for a mere 99 cents each. Really.
Big Baroque Choral Box (8 hours of music)
Big Beethoven Box (15+ hours of music)
Chopin Piano Works (11+ hours of music)
Big Haydn Symphonies Box (9+ hours of music)
Haydn: Complete Keyboard Sonatas (10+ hours of music)
Mozart: Complete Symphonies (12+ hours of music)
Mozart: Complete String Quartets and Quintets (10+ hours of music)
Mozart: Complete Works for Solo Piano (8+ hours of music)
Rachmaninoff: Complete Symphonies, Piano Concertos, and Orchestral Works (8 hours of music)
Big Schumann Box (10+ hours of music)
That’s ten bucks, folks. I know, big spender. For over 100 hours of music.
These are solid performances. And a great (cheap) entry point, especially if you’re just starting out.
Realize you don’t like Rachmaninoff? It’s ok, you’re only out 99 cents.
Once I’ve identified can’t-live-without pieces, I can investigate other recordings to see if there are other performances I should hear, not to mention live performances.
Amazon’s digital music department offers an array of these Bach Guild recordings. The Bach Guild has a presence on Facebook and they regularly announce their upcoming releases.
Don’t feel left out if your favorite instrument hasn’t been mentioned: there’s also A Big Winds and Brass Box, the Little Big Oboe Box, the Big Guitar Box and more.
Ok, so I did “splurge” on a couple items, but even these will not break the bank:
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets by the Suske Quartet ($8.99)
Monteverdi: Complete Operas ($8.99)
Schubert: Complete String Quartets by the Taneyev Quartet ($4.49)
After listening to the late string quartets of Beethoven (by the Takács Quartet) and Schubert (by the Emerson String Quartet), I had to find out what else there was to hear with these fine recordings.
And now, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll pull out my new Bose headphones, and lose myself in some music.