For a couple of years now, a friend & I have had a regular get together to listen to eachother's recordings. We do this about once a week. Sometimes we listen to things that we'll hear live in concert, at other times just anything that takes our fancy. We have found that this makes for a pleasant evening.
My friend is into Romantic and C20th music, I'm more into music of the last 100 years, but we're both pretty much all-rounders. He has more operas than I have. Most of my collection was acquired in the past two and a half years, he was a big collector in the 1980's & '90's. We find it interesting to listen to & discuss the different things in eachother's collection. Sometimes we compare different recordings of the same work. & occassionally we listen to non-classical stuff as well.
I will be posting what we listen to each week here. Feel free to discuss these composers, works, performers, or other favourite performances, etc. To start, I'll post some of the things we have been getting into over the past 12-18 months. Usually, we listen to the sets over a number of weeks, we usually listen to a variety of recordings during each session. This is only a fraction of what we have listened to, but it gives you an idea of what we have listened to:
From the friend's collection:
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Ballet (complete)
(EMI) 2 discs
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Soloists/Chorus of Royal Opera House/Philharmonia Orch./Sinopoli
(DGG) 3 discs
Chopin: "Heroic" Polonaise; Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise; Variations Brilliantes on a Theme from Ludovic by Halevy; Mazurkas Op. 6; Contredanse; Tarantelle
Malcolm Frager, piano