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    Hello, after browsing Talk Classical for many months, and gaining much valuable knowledge and many useful recommendations, I finally decided to sign up. It's nice to start to get involved in a welcoming and erudite community.

    My username is a reference to the German artist Käthe Kollwitz, who I like very much. If anyone's interested, this radio programme on her life and work is very good (from the BBC's Germany: Memories of a Nation series by Neil Macgregor -https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k6t0s

    I don't have a musical background, but have become obsessed with classical music in the last 18 months or so. Mahler, Bruckner and Brahms symphonies have been the focus of much of my listening. Assimilating new works seems to take me a while, so I've tried to expand my listening gradually by really getting to know works. Beethoven 3, Sibelius 4, the Goldberg Variations, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Schubert's Winterreise and some of Vivaldi's cello concertos are among things that I've enjoyed most.

    Learning an instrument would be an a worthwhile next step in understanding music, but work and family make the time commitment unrealistic. With a bit of help from my wife in explaining how scores work, I was inordinately pleased to be able to play the start of Mahler 5 on my daughter's little glockenspiel a while ago.

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    Welcome! You're off to a flying start - it took me a couple of decades to appreciate most of those works...

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    Welcome to Talk Classical Kollwitz! It's great to have you here if you've been browsing for a long time. I do have an obsession with Mahler every summer and I'm finishing by Beethoven Symphony Challenge. How do you listen to music? Streaming or CD?

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    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    A mixture of CDs, streaming and BBC Radio 3. My journey to work is a fairly stress-free 35-40 minute drive, so most days I listen to a couple of shorter symphonies or a longer symphony split across the journey there and back. As my car doesn't have easy phone/mp3 player connectivity, I got into the habit of buying CDs. Some of them are conveniently available on Amazon Music through autorip and I've discovered quite a lot of other good music on Amazon Music. The selection seems to be very erratic, some Bruckner symphonies are very poorly served, but there's a wealth of Bach and Stravinsky. Haven't got involved with Spotify yet. I use youtube to check out different versions of things and sometimes watch concert recordings. The CD buying habit has become, objectively, a bit of excessive. Fun though. And healthier than buying good wine.

    I listen to Radio 3's concert broadcasts from time to time and Record Review. As my familiarity with music has developed I've enjoyed getting better at turning the radio on and trying to guess the composer, much to my wife's mild annoyance (she is far more musical than me but isn't so keen on 19th and 20th century symphonies).

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    Welcome! Have you had the chance to hear Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy? It's my number one recommendation for that composer.

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    No, only Schubert I've really listened to is Winterreise, String Quintet and Symphonies 8 and 9. I've rather neglected piano works in general but am very keen to explore and glad to have recommendations. What do you like about it?

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    It is a showcase for piano virtuosity, but it balances that out with sounding beautiful throughout. As a single-movement piece, it is not confined or constricted by form. Though there is no program to it, there's nothing stopping one from imagining a story to go along with the music as one hears it.

    I've heard versions by Murray Perahia and Sviatoslav Richter, and both were wonderful.

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    Sounds intriguing, will definitely have a good listen. Perahia's recent Hammerklavier was very impressive.

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    Thank you for the recommendation of Käthe Kollwitz! It is a mystery how I could miss her, considering that I listened to the BBC series with great interest, especially the episode on "One Nation Under Goethe".

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    It's nice to have another Bruckner fan around here. You're in good company; there are quite a few. Along with Mahler and Brahms of course.

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    Wellcome to the forum.

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