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    Default Are you a completist?

    Are you a completeist (i.e. someone who needs all of a composer or era's work) ?
    PS Sorry if I misspelled that.

    If you are a completeist, this is your thread, to discuss what recordings you have and what you are completeist about.
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    I am with Anton Webern. I almost got there with Erik Satie. Then I heard about Hovhaness. I gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I am with Anton Webern. I almost got there with Erik Satie. Then I heard about Hovhaness. I gave up.
    That made me laugh!

    To answer the OP. I'm a completist with some of my favourite composers where it's possible, i.e. Debussy, Poulenc, Schumann. However with others I'm a semi-completist. e.g. My collection of Beethoven will never include a copy of Wellington's Victory.

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    I'm not much of a comple...

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    I've read that collecting as a hobby has something to do with feeling in control, that once you have collected all of something, it feels tidy and complete. But it never really reaches that point. Something else always comes along, or more likely several hundred somethings.

    I know I have grown disappointed and directionless with what technology has done to the very idea of collecting. If I have an e-book, is that then part of my book collection? Where is it then? It's not on a shelf. Do I have an e-book collection separate from my paperback collection? Or do I collect paperbacks and read e-books? I haven't figured this out yet.

    With ubiquitous on line streaming does a music collection even make sense any more?

    But to answer the question, yes, I'm usually a completist, though I selected "sometimes."

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    If it is Glenn Gould I want everything.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    I'm not a completest by inclination so I voted 'no', but getting the Complete Webern for a reasonable price years ago was a no-brainer, as was the Chailly two-disc Varese set (although word is that at least one work was missed off).

    I've accumulated all of Mahler's available output in some shape or form as well but that wasn't really all that difficult either - the symphonies etc. took care of themselves and Mahler's songs are conveniently compartmentalised which made them easy to collect - one disc for Des Knaben Wunderhorn, another for the three shorter cycles and one more for the early songs.

    It looks like I'm nearly there with Stravinsky but I'm not going to fret over not having early odds and sods like the Symphony in E-flat, the Scherzo fantastique for Orchestra, Fireworks or the Four Studies for piano.
    '...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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    It looks like I'm nearly there with Stravinsky but I'm not going to fret over not having early odds and sods like the Symphony in E-flat, the Scherzo fantastique for Orchestra, Fireworks or the Four Studies for piano.
    Fireworks is actually a pretty neat little work. You can see why Diaghilev was so impressed with the orchestration that he hired the composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahlerian View Post
    Fireworks is actually a pretty neat little work. You can see why Diaghilev was so impressed with the orchestration that he hired the composer.
    I totally agree but I'm content to occasionally listen to it (and other loose ends) on youtube rather than get it on disc and go through the duplication thing with a longer work.
    '...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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    It's nice to have heard all the works of favorite composers, but I don't have a compulsion to own them all. One hearing of a piece may be enough, and both money and shelf space are limited. I bought a second-hand copy of the Brilliant Classics "Complete Mozart" box, and I learned a lot about Mozart, but much of it sat unplayed after a first hearing and I passed it along to a friend. I'll take a good representation of a wide variety of music over an exhaustive survey of any one composer or genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I totally agree but I'm content to occasionally listen to it (and other loose ends) on youtube rather than get it on disc and go through the duplication thing with a longer work.
    Or you could just have no duplicates by getting the 20+ disc Stravinsky set on Sony

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    I am the proud owner of every single US iTunes album that Sol Gabetta has ever put out so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanb View Post
    Or you could just have no duplicates by getting the 20+ disc Stravinsky set on Sony
    Alas, it came out too late! I'd already bought a fair amount of the Stravinsky Edition and other recordings years before the 22-disc budget reissue was released. The original Sony box from the 90s was too expensive for me to consider back then.
    '...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).

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    Good question for a poll!

    I am sometimes a "completist" meaning for certain parts of the composer's oeuvre, such as Bach's orchestral music, Mozart's piano concertos, Beethoven's symphonies. I find it more difficult to be a completist for 20th century music (and beyond), except maybe Shostakovich symphonies, Pucinni operas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of the Nerds View Post
    Are you a completeist (i.e. someone who needs all of a composer or era's work) ?
    PS Sorry if I misspelled that.

    If you are a completeist, this is your thread, to discuss what recordings you have and what you are completeist about.
    Many people have referred to me as a complete a--hole...

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