Robert Golovniov wrote:
> The biggest problem here in Ukraine is that you can hardly
> find good recordings for a "local" price. You can get all
> those larger labels CDs, but for the Western price. (As
> an example, you can get the sleeping car train ticket from
> Lviv to Kiev, which is over 500 km, for about 80 UAH; at
> the same time a budget-priced DGG disc would cost you here
> some 100 UAH if not more.) ...
When I first started to collect, I was able to find used cds... there
were many secondhand stores around here. I wonder, are there such places
in Ukraine? We also had free libraries that would lend cds. And some
schools had listening rooms. I don't know if you have those either, but
it is my hope. How about radio stations? Are there classical music
radio stations? Do you have a tape recorder? That's an inexpensive way
to acquire music.
> So, at the moment I am just trying to get at least one
> set, but a good one. In Russian we have a saying: Measure
> seven times, then cut once. And that's what I am trying to
When I was building my own collection I started by buying the least
expensive records I could find. That way, I could hear more music for
my money. I didn't know about which performance was "the" performance
to have. I was just hungry to hear music! Little by little I learned
which performances satisfied me. There is so much to hear in the Beethoven
symphonies that I would guess almost any good orchestra would provide
you with many happy hours of listening!
> Anyway, I would like to thank all of you for your
> comments. Now I basically have an idea of what I should
> be looking for.
I hope you can find a satisfactory set! Good luck.
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