View Poll Results: Have You Ever Regretted Purschasing/Downloaded A Recording?

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    Default Have You Ever Regretted Purschasing/Downloaded A Recording?

    Have you ever purchased music and then regretted doing so? There may be many reasons why that might happen,

    - the quality of recording was not what you expected
    - the quality of performance was not what you expected
    - the music itself was not to your liking
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    I would like to read your thoughts.

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    It has rarely happened to me. I can recall two occasions,

    - one was when I bought a Bach orchestral suite no.2 that I realized it was also contained in another full CD recording I have by the same performers, so it was a duplicate purchase
    - another was a Alfred Schnittke symphony which wasn't to my liking

    I still have both nonetheless.

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    There have been times when I was too impulsive. I find that it is too easy to click the order button. Since I've stopped buying non-classical, I cannot say that I have had any regrets, though, as I am happy with the purchases and am confident in their shelf life.
    Last edited by brotagonist; Feb-06-2016 at 02:27.

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    Part of the nature of the classical music business is that you have to take risks in order to learn the repertoire and also learn who the great performers are. The only way is to risk occasionally buying a lemon. I got one just yesterday when my set of the James Levine-Chicago Symphony Brahms Symphonies came in the mail. Ooops. Shoulda just stuck with my old-time favorites, Solti-Chicago and Abbado-Berlin. But oh well, at least it was only $10 down the drain. That was a relatively cheap lesson in reality. Sometimes they're not so cheap.
    Don't bother looking at the mountains, I have already composed them into my symphony - Gustav Mahler, speaking to Bruno Walter

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    I think the law of averages dictates that one or two wrong 'uns are going to slip through the net, whether it be a poor performance, awful sound or because you buy a work on spec and simply didn't like it. I think my biggest lemon was a live Bruckner 5 with Rozhdestvensky on the Russian Revelation label - to say the performance is unglued in places is to put it politely - but as it cost less than a fiver it was not exactly a reckless gamble.
    '...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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    Back in the day one had to take their chances when buying a recording, now it is pretty much impossible to regret a purchase if one takes their time evaluating the purchase. This is because we are usually able to hear a preview of the work, as well as read reviews.

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    Karl Jenkins.
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    Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with
    those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

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    Rarely
    I may never listen to it again or perhaps one more time but never regrets

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    I have had sets with CDs I found I had no wish to ever to hear (stuff like a Partch lecture into which bits of his music were inserted, found in a Sony budget box, and serveral CDs in the complete SEON box which feature the vocalizations of Rene Jacobs back when he was a second rate countertenor and not a first rate conductor) but overall I am happy to have those sets.

    The only CDs I have truly regretted? Cameron Carpenter playing Bach and a Brilliant Classics recording of Vivaldi's Teuzzone.
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    The poll question is not in English, so I selected an intermediate option to as to avoid any unknowable risks.

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    I can not remember whether it is rarely, every now and then or often.

    Even if I could figure out the answer, I really do not know how it would enhance other peoples knowledge of music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    I would like to read your thoughts.
    You wish to be a telepathist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kivimees View Post
    You wish to be a telepathist?


    I think I may also have a Pachebel canon in D major that is a duplicate by the same performers.

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    Forgot to say, I never download, hate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Pachebel canon in D major...
    Pachebel....


    Mahler...
    Don't bother looking at the mountains, I have already composed them into my symphony - Gustav Mahler, speaking to Bruno Walter

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