That is, in addition to persistent thoughts on the subject of Regie versions of Donizetti operas.
I acquired two CDs that I’m looking forward to hearing – although I’m not sure why I even buy discs anymore rather than just the files from Arkivmusic or iTunes or whatever. Habit, I guess. And there are some things that are not available in download form (one of the albums below is, but the other as far as I know is not).
The Brahms one is not stolen from a library – or if it is, I didn’t steal it. (It’s marked as a discard.)
I am actually kind of on the fence about going completely digital with my music. Or at least completely data rather than objects – CDs are pretty digital, after all. Part of is that all the CDs I’ve bought over the years are in rows on shelves in my living room, and some of them are attached to happy memories. My first real plunge into opera was while I was in graduate school, and I had either the pleasure or the misfortune, depending on how you look at it, of going to graduate school in central Jersey. There is a town in central Jersey called Princeton, which has – among other things – a really fantastic used record store. Their used classical/opera section is drool-inducing. And cheap. So : the CDs that still have the little “Princeton Record Exchange” stickers? They are not leaving my shelves, ever. This, though, is not really a good argument for continuing to buy CDs in general.
Finally. Our spring break is the week of 11 to 15 March, which is the week that the Met is doing Don Carlo! I’m totally going.