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    Since my entire collection happens to be situated on a NAS, I took the opportunity to quickly scan through my favourite composers to answer the above question and the answer was surprising. Ready for the big reveal? I own 9 copies each of Beethovens 4th Piano Concerto, his Violin Concerto and Mozart's 17th Piano Concerto. I own 10 copies each of Mozart's 20th Piano Concerto and his 21st Piano Concerto. I own 11 copies of his Sinfonia Concertante and 12 of his 25th Piano Concerto. The most copies of one work is 13 and I was surprised to find that they're both by Tchaikovsky; his Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 6. The opera of which I had the most copies is La Boheme and the Ballet (and this too surprised me) was Gayne. I shall leave the counting of Choral, chamber and instrumental to another day.
    Check it out yourself, it could surprise you. I can't remember the last time I listened to Tchai's Violin Concerto.

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    50+ versions of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
    50+ versions of Mahler's Symphony 4.

    These are the only two that have spun out of control. Usually I go for 1, maximum 2, versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    50+ versions of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
    50+ versions of Mahler's Symphony 4.

    These are the only two that have spun out of control. Usually I go for 1, maximum 2, versions.
    Concerning Das Lied, Klemperer/emi usually comes up - a couple of other favourites?

    30 versions of a work is the absolute maximum in my own collection. Das Lied is about 25-30. I keep a register as Word documents.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Apr-16-2021 at 20:39.

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    A few favourites:


    Original version for tenor and alto

    Karajan/Kollo/Ludwig (DG)
    Walter/Patzak/Ferrier (Decca)
    Haitink/King/Baker (Philips)

    Alternative version for tenor and baritone

    Bernstein/King/Fischer-Dieskau (Decca)


    Then there are a number of other versions (Cantonese texts, Four singers, One singers, Chamber orchestra version, Piano version) that I collected out of curiosity (the piano version with tenor and mezzo is surprisingly quite good).

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    Eight each of Mahler's symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde, which is ver-r-ry small taters compared to some here, but that's enough for me. I'm periodically tempted by the Boulez cycle, though.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Oh, I didn't include Mahler, that was too obvious, I have 44 versions of the 6th because, as the three of you know, it is problematic.

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    I haven't counted but my worst would definitely be one of the Beethoven symphonies (possibly the 7th). Including single recordings, partial sets and cycles I'd guess around the 180 mark.

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    I have a few 7ths too

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    The Beethoven piano sonatas and string quartets
    50 or 60 individual sets each.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Wow. The term "rabbit hole" springs to mind. There is SO MUCH music in the world that to spend your whole life consumed by different versions of the same works seems like, well I dunno. Myopia?

    I mean, I guess there's nothing wrong with that. Pole vaulters at world class levels probably can't row a boat very well. "Jack of one trade, master of one"?
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    My max. is Bach's Goldberg Variations - well over 100. It's nuts and I rid myself of the addiction a few years ago.

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    Not counting duplicates of the same recording...

    What come into mind are,
    68 x Beethoven 5
    67 x Mahler 6
    66 x Beethoven 7

    Honestly, I don't think these numbers are ridiculous, given that there are more enthusiastic collectors around here.

    The followings may sound more ridiculous, but in fact these are only a small subset of recordings left by these conductors!
    11 x Karajan's Beethoven 9
    9 x Mravinsky's Shostakovich 5

    The only work that I have close to but still not quite a complete discography is this.
    19 x Martinů 6

    Obviously collecting Martinů is easier than say Beethoven.
    Last edited by Kiki; Apr-17-2021 at 05:49.

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    Elgar 2nd: 34 and counting.
    Scheherazade comes close: 30
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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    Duruflé - Requiem (~20)
    Debussy - Pelléas et Mélisande (~12)
    Liszt - Sonata in B Minor (hundreds)

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    Wow, thanks for this thread! Up to now, I thought I was compulsive and sick.

    Now I don't have to feel ashamed, since I haven't even scratched the surface. *You* guys are compulsive and sick!
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