I’ve added a page to the blog: Recommended Recordings. You can see it above, just below and to the right of the Classical Life logo. Click on it.
There’s no rhyme or reason to the ten recordings I’ve chosen to start off — other than that they’re all recommendable.
I intend to add and subtract from the list fairly often. There will be new recordings and old, recordings of pieces coming up for performance in our area, and pieces recently performed here. Also, whatever I happen to feel like putting on the list.
For the most part, you’ll be able to get anything you feel like adding to your collection on Amazon.com. The website even has quite a few out of print recordings.
I used to work at a classical record store (Tower Records on the Sunset Strip) — so, you could say I once made my living recommending recordings. Well, sort of. It didn’t pay that well.
I have one heck-of-a-lot of of 78 and 33 rpm classical recordings. Do you have any recommendations as to what I could do with them. I wandered into a store in Fullerton and all they had were 33’s of 1950’s, ’60’s, and ’70’s pop music and thought I was an idiot for having classical. I can stand in front of my house and pretend they were boomerangs or just toss them in the trash. What do you think. I would really like a comment.
Don Thompson- email@example.com (PS: the Toscanini was great – so why are people badmouthing Dudamel, and I presume you saw that all Arturo did was beat time. Do you know that Toscanini anecdote about a dismissed orchestra musician?)