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    The vast majority of my CD collection has given me more enjoyment than I could have predicted (even the non-classical ones). I am allergic to spending money, but usually after listening to my purchases a few times any sense of regret dissipates completely.

    However, I bought one CD based on other people praising it voluminously, and I have not yet been able to compel myself to listen to it all the way through. It is called 'Yanni live at the Acropolis'. I'm not sure what it is I dislike so much - it could be that ridiculous moustache. Or it could be the way the music sounds like it comes out of a tin can. Anyhow, I am struggling to justify the money I paid for it.

    Have any of you made purchases you regret?

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    I wish I could indulge you, but I've been very happy with all my purchases. I'm very careful about what I buy and I do research on the recording before I buy. Audio samples only go so far, but it's nice to hear a little bit of the recording before you buy.

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    I must admit there are about half a dozen that I regret buying they were in store impulse buys by composers that I was not familiar with perhaps one day they will click but I doubt it, there are some collectors that purchase quite large amounts and have yet to hear their purchases, they languish in their cases just waiting for that day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andante View Post
    there are some collectors that purchase quite large amounts and have yet to hear their purchases, they languish in their cases just waiting for that day
    What collectors are you referring to, Andante?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirror Image View Post
    What collectors are you referring to, Andante?
    I am sorry if I am confusing you MI.
    The collectors I refer to are those that purchase quite large amounts of CDs and have yet to hear all of their purchases I hope that is a little clearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andante View Post
    I am sorry if I am confusing you MI.
    The collectors I refer to are those that purchase quite large amounts of CDs and have yet to hear all of their purchases I hope that is a little clearer.
    I purchase a good amount of CDs and haven't heard a lot of recordings I own yet, so I guess you're referring to me. I'm making headway though. I'm slowly, and I do mean slowly, getting caught up.
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    Off the top of my head:

    Gardiner's Beethoven

    Gould's Goldberg Variations

    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I though that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price)

    Kempff's Schubert Sonata (and does anyone know of a good Schubert Sonata set? All of them are bloody unlistenable except Uchida)

    Klemperer's St Matthew Passion

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    Claudio Abbado's Mahler's Fifth with Berlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by scytheavatar View Post
    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I thought that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price)
    Interesting you mentioned that-

    A while back, I borrowed a Rubinstein/Chopin album from the local library, and I didn't hear anything that made me anxious to acquire his renditions.

    Anyway- here are my answers-
    1) A sin of my youth: Ferde Grofé's Atlantic Crossing. blech!
    2) A later, slightly more forgivable sin: Semyon Bychkov's version of Shostakovich's 5th.

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    Rubinstein's Chopin (and I though that it would be impossible to be disappointed for the price
    I think it's rather impossible to me disappointed with Rubinstein's Chopin for someone who really digs what Chopin is all about. I belive Rubinstain is one of those performers who play his music just like he would like it to be played.

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    Can't say I've been seriously dissapointed by, or regretted, any purchase. Maybe some of the lesser known composers on Naxos don't engage me as the more well known ones do, but I have space for diversity, so it's ok. The only way I am dissapointed is if I keep acquiring multiple cd's of the same composer. Eventually, I get bored of the stylistic trademarks, and want to move onto something new. I suppose I have phases like anyone else, just now I bought 2 Ligeti cd's & I've ordered a 3rd one. But after about getting 3 good cd's of a composer's work, I tend to move on. There's so much out there to explore, & I also hear a big variety of classical on the radio, plus from my friend's collection, when he brings it over weekly. So I collect a diversity of composers, which always keeps thing fresh for me. It's always great to explore composers/works I haven't heard before...

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    Probably the classical albums I truly regret purchasing are:

    Britten's Young Person's Guide, among others-- Neeme Jarvi/Bergen Philharmonic
    Bruckner Symphony No. 1 (Unrevised Linz Vers. ed. Hass/Carragan) -- Titner, Royal Scottish Nat'l Orchestra
    Op. 109

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    I don't know if this counts in this thread , but I regret I ever having bought the Beatles albums. Mainly because I have listened to them so much, and have heard them so many time on the raido, I can no longer tolerate them!

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    Probably the classical albums I truly regret purchasing are:

    Britten's Young Person's Guide, among others-- Neeme Jarvi/Bergen Philharmonic
    Bruckner Symphony No. 1 (Unrevised Linz Vers. ed. Hass/Carragan) -- Titner, Royal Scottish Nat'l Orchestra
    Jarvi is NOT a good English music conductor and Georg Tinter is one of the worst Bruckner conductors I've heard. Truly terrible.

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    Only one that I can think of recently... Stephen Hartke's Tituli/Cathedral in the Thrashing Rain. I've generally been quite pleased with any ECM discs I have purchased and I was both intrigued with the concept (a choral work constructed on fragments of ancient texts the composer came upon in some Etruscan ruins) as well as with the snippets I could hear before purchasing... but after playing the disc through twice I can only say "yawn". Wimpy is the best work I can think for it. I'll probably give another listen down the road... but somehow I doubt my opinion will change.

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