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  1. recommendations

    by , Mar-10-2012 at 15:27
    1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 in C minor (op. 111)
    2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor (op. 67)
    3. Schubert: String Quintet in C (D 956)
    4. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
    5. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier
    6. Shostakovich: String Quartet #8 in C minor
    7. Beethoven: String Quartet #14 (op. 131)
    8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E (op. 109)
    9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor (op. 18)
    10. Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor (K. ...
  2. on recommendations

    by , Mar-01-2012 at 17:24
    I've been reflecting on this, on the basis of projects on this site and even more because of projects on other sites. There is one, for instance, that recently chose Poulenc as the third "greatest" French composer, and is about to put Ravel in first place. Another project is probably going to have both Firebird and Petrouchka beat out Rite of Spring. I've seen Lutoslawski's 3rd symphony recommended more strongly than Beethoven's 3rd. On a recent project here, a bunch of people were recommending ...

    Updated Mar-01-2012 at 17:29 by science

  3. the NNPP re-boot - the SPP

    by , Feb-21-2012 at 21:03
    Ok, it didn't work well the last time: I declared a "no-purchasing project" was underway, and within a week I'd bought probably 36 hours of music.

    Now, I'm going to enact the "Slow Purchasing Project," as I think it's a more manageable goal.

    Anyway, I am feeling overwhelmed and grateful just now for the amount of music that there is... and, to be frank, that I have. I know the Naxos site is up and I ought to take advantage of a source like that, ...
  4. The new no purchasing project: NNPP

    by , Jan-25-2012 at 07:08
    The original "No Purchasing Project" was mostly a success. I didn't buy nearly as much stuff for awhile, and I listened to loads of stuff that I'd bought but not listened to yet.

    So, I'm starting again, a new NPP, the NNPP. The terms are: I will reward myself with $1k of purchases if I:

    - manage not to make any purchases for the next 2 months (until March 24th);
    - and then make only minimal purchases until I've:
    - finished listening to my ...

    Updated Jan-25-2012 at 07:11 by science

  5. progress on the NPP

    by , Nov-11-2011 at 05:08
    I've been making it.

    First, I got Franck's Beatittudes done.

    Picked that up in a bargain box on a whim; it's a lot more exciting than I imagined the Beatitudes being. I suppose in a moral sense they were a great conquest or something, so they might have deserved such operatic treatment.

    Next, I got another Romantic Piano Concerto disk done, this one being ...
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