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    60+ Beethoven symphony cycles
    30+Mahler cycles
    25 Sibelius cycles
    25 Beethoven quartet cycles, 15 or so Sonata cycles
    25 Bartok quartet cycles
    30+ Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Music for Strings, 22 Bluebeards
    Just under 20 each Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner cycles
    A couple fewer Martinů compared to Kiki!
    15 Asreals?

    Sad, innit?!

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    22 Bluebreads? I‘m impressed! I have only one, and it’s on Laser Disc.

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    Bartok wrote a Bluebread too? Boy, he really was on a roll....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Bartok wrote a Bluebread too? Boy, he really was on a roll....
    That was when he was in a bluesy mood, and hungry too.

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    Not sure about him, but I definitely was.

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    As we all know, Bartok was raised by a pro-Democratic family, and thus he was Blue Bred.

    (Please - just a joke)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josquin13 View Post
    I've never really counted on an individual basis - per recording. But I've only purchased a larger quantity of recordings for works that especially interest & fascinate me. In other words, I've never bought a ton of different recordings for music that I just like.

    I do remember that some years ago I stacked up all my CDs on the floor alphabetically for each composer, so I could place them in order on some newly bought shelves. & I recall that the highest number of stacks were for J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, and Claude Debussy--as I used to listen to either Bach or Mozart virtually everyday, & am crazy about Debussy (& I'm almost as keen on Ravel.) I recall that it was my goal back then to hear every single note that these three composers had penned (which I did, & then later did the same for Ravel).

    Considering that Debussy wasn't nearly as prolific as Bach & Mozart, I'd imagine that I have more CDs per Debussy work than the other two (except for possibly Bach, who is my favorite composer, next to Josquin). In fact, Debussy's solo piano music has held a special fascination for me over the decades. I'd bet that I own more recordings of his Preludes Books 1 & 2 than just about anyone. What's worse, I'll still occasionally buy a new set, in fact, I've bought six new sets of Debussy's complete solo piano works over the past five or six years! (Beroff on Denon, Chaplin, Korstick, Devine, Planés, & Ogawa).

    So, let's see if I can count the number of Preludes recordings that I own, if I'm going to be perfectly honest (& embarrass myself),

    Marcelle Meyer (who worked with Debussy on the Preludes)
    Pludermacher (live)
    Freire (only Book 1)
    Lubimov (period piano)
    Paul Jacobs
    O'Rourke (Book 1)
    Catharine Collard
    Roge (& his earlier Decca Book 1)
    Noel Lee
    Monique HaasX2 (DG & Erato)
    Werner Haas
    Lasry (period piano)
    BeroffX2 (EMI & Denon)
    Rév (Hyperion, but not Saga)
    S. Richter
    Robert Casadesus
    Immerseel (period piano)
    Gvetadze (Book 1)
    Bennett Lerner
    Pommier (via a box set)
    Lefébure (Book 1)
    Larderet (Book 2)
    Bolet (selected, 16 Preludes)
    Ericourt (who worked with Debussy)
    Michael Levinas (Book 1)
    Zaidee Parkinson (Book 2)

    Plus, a handful of historical recordings of selected Preludes by,

    Debussy himself
    Ciampi (who worked with Debussy on the Preludes)
    Copeland (who studied all of Debussy's piano music with the composer, and according to Copeland, had the composer's endorsement & approval)
    Gaby Casadesus (who was friends with Debussy's daughter, Claude-Emma or "Chouchou")
    Schmitz (who, as a young man, worked with Debussy on his piano music)


    That was a joke. Well, almost--I am surprised that Jean-Philippe Collard has never recorded the Preludes, & if he did, I'd definitely buy his set. I've also heard good things about Edward Kilenyi's Book 1, but don't believe it's ever been released on CD. Plus, I'd buy a new set by Ivo Pogorelich in a heartbeat, if he were to record them in the future: So, I may not be done just yet...

    In total, that's six individual recordings of Book 1, two individual recordings of Book 2, various recordings of selected Preludes, and FIFTY-NINE sets of both Books 1 & 2! I doubt anyone can match those numbers? (or would even want to...). So, yes, clearly the Preludes are an obsession of mine. Are there any other Debussy (or Ravel) ADDICTS out there? or am I the only one?

    But that's not all. I'm also obsessed with Debussy's Images Books 1 & 2 (although here, I've decided that Michelangeli, Moravec, & Kocsis pretty much sit at the top of the heap), as well as his late Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, and own a lot of recordings of those works, too. Not to mention the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune & Trois Nocturnes...

    In addition, I've collected a huge number of recordings of the solo piano music of Robert Schumann over the decades--such as his Davidsbündlertänze, for instance, which fascinates me (though partly because most of the major Schumann pianists didn't record it, so it's been harder to find recordings that I like). But I don't want to count them. I already know it's way too many. Besides, Schumann speaks to my heart and imagination in a way that I find special & unique. & he's not an easy composer to play fantastically well--so one has to listen to a lot of different recordings to find the performances & pianists that are most special. & I've done that. So, I'll purchase a new Schumann piano recording only very rarely these days. Although if it existed, I'd still be interested to buy a box set of the recordings by Clara Schumann's students, whose playing I've heard on You Tube and been fascinated by. At present, I only own recordings by two of her students, Fanny Davies & Carl Friedberg--which I treasure; as well as the Schumann by Percy Grainger, who almost studied with Clara, but did study in the piano department that she had founded & created at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, in the years just after the great woman had passed away.

    Fortunately today, my favorite composers are the Burgundian and Franco-Flemish composers of the Late Middle Ages & early Renaissance--such as Ciconia, de Vitry, Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin, etc., & they don't get all that many new recordings each year, if any. Which keeps me from getting excessive, considering that I'm still building my early music collection to a certain extent. Although I will buy virtually any new recording of Josquin's music that comes out, & it's the 500th anniversary of his death this year!... Though of course there aren't anywhere near as many recordings of Josquin's masses as there are of say Brahms symphonies, & that isn't going to change in my lifetime.

    Plus, I like to branch out and enjoy discovering new music and composers that I don't know, or don't know well. I'm also generally getting more selective and picky about what I'll buy these days. Suffice it to say, I own (mostly) enough CDs & LPs at this point. & I don't want to have to build a new wing onto my house in order to store my collection, like a regular on the old Amazon forum was forced to do. I also don't have my entire dining room table piled high with CDs, so that it's unusable, nor my powder room toilet stacked so high with CDs that they could fall on someone (as was the case at the house of a late composer friend of mine). I don't subscribe to or read the British classical rags anymore, either--not since my fave, the International Record Review went out of business. So, that monthly temptation is gone.

    Though lately, I have been thinking that I'd like to hear every note that G.F. Handel, F.J. Haydn, Thomas Tallis, and William Byrd ever composed... Plus, I still haven't heard every note by Josquin Desprez & Guillaume Dufay, but am getting closer to that goal. Come to think of it, I also don't own a 'state of the art' audiophile set of Beethoven's Late String Quartets that I treasure, nor a period set that I really like, either... you see how it goes. But at least it's not an addiction that is going to kill me. Not unless a wall of CDs falls on me one day.
    That is quite a list! I was going to guess you didn't have Gianluca Cascioli (one of my favorite virtually unknown pianists for lots of 20th C music; ie the greatest Berg Piano Sonata I've heard), but well done you do

    As to the question of the thread starter, I try my very best to keep works or cycles to under 15 or at least 20. Though I think with things like the late Beethoven Piano Sonatas once you count individual discs outside of cycles as well as cycles they probably get up into the 30s... maybe 40s. . I'm sure I'm breaking my rule of 20 once we take into account recordings from box sets, very hard to keep track of those.
    Last edited by staxomega; Aug-08-2021 at 01:57.

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