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    Question Do you have an obsession ? What is it ?

    I have a few.
    Here are mine.

    The Beethoven string quartets.
    The Mozart piano concertos.
    The Schumann symphonies.
    The Brahms symphonies.

    What are yours?


    Classical music recordings only please.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Sibelius and Brahms symphony cycles and recordings of all Bach’s music I’m actually floating around the idea (not in the immediate future) of doing some Sibelius and/or Brahms cycle reviews and putting them on here similar to what Merl does for Beethoven. We’ll see though
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    Mahler, especially the 4th, the 9th, Das Lied von der Erde, and the three main song cycles.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    What exactly is meant by obsession here?

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    LVB symphony cycles (really, Merl?)
    Schumann symphony cycles
    Brahms symphony cycles
    Dvorak symphony cyclrs
    LVB SQ cycles
    Mahler 1st recordings

    Bubbling under:
    Schubert symphony cycles
    Bach Cello Suites recordings
    Holst Planets recordings
    Sibelius symphony cycles
    Manchester City
    Guitars
    Cats
    Painting the garden fence*

    (*due to lack of fence paint locally - its become a mission)
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    I guess I have to go with Wagner, though I'm periodically obsessed about Schumann symphonies and pretty much anything by Beethoven as well.
    Last edited by annaw; May-07-2020 at 08:17.

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    The closest I ever got was with the Bruckner and Mahler symphonies. I was regularly collecting different recordings and playing them more or less every day at the expense of virtually everything else. I realised that if I continued I would probably end up running them into the ground like I used to do with various rock albums so I drastically cut back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriesba View Post
    What exactly is meant by obsession here?
    That depends on what YOU mean by the word is.
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    I collect these -
    Martinů's symphonies
    Mahler's Tenth

    To a lesser extent -
    Ravel's La Valse
    Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances
    Martinů's Paraboly, Frescoes, Estampes and the Double Concerto.

    I'd deny I have any obsession with Boléro, but whenever I came across a new recording, I'd have to find out if I could hear the celesta and the harp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    The closest I ever got was with the Bruckner and Mahler symphonies. I was regularly collecting different recordings and playing them more or less every day at the expense of virtually everything else. I realised that if I continued I would probably end up running them into the ground like I used to do with various rock albums so I drastically cut back.
    I'm also afraid of that, I wonder how some people manage to avoid it so effectively. It's almost paradoxical, I want to like the music that I like but I also want to listen to it. But when I listen to it [too much] then there's possibility that I won't like it anymore and thus don't want to listen to it. Stupid thing...

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    Oh, musical obsessions! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

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    Wagner, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, Britten, Schubert lieder, actually any lieder.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

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    Absorbing the gigantic sound worlds of all of the Mahler symphonies.

    Same exercise for several Wagner operas. And all of my favorite 20th century composers.

    Basically, music and learning through reading are my passions and the obsession is trying to balance this so I leave time for other things in life including the outdoors, exercise, relationships. But I can't lie. I've been obsessed with music since I was a young child.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by annaw View Post
    I'm also afraid of that, I wonder how some people manage to avoid it so effectively. It's almost paradoxical, I want to like the music that I like but I also want to listen to it. But when I listen to it [too much] then there's possibility that I won't like it anymore and thus don't want to listen to it. Stupid thing...
    Turning up the volume will give some temporary relief for a while....at least .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourdon View Post
    Turning up the volume will give some temporary relief for a while....at least .
    I will keep that in mind when I reach the point though I'm most likely to get a hearing loss if I put this into practice with Wagner...

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