October Classical CD Purchases
Considering the killing I made last month, I felt a more urgent sense that I should restrain myself to my original $25 per month budget in October. I had actually hoped to make it the whole month without any purchases, but good deals on a pair of recordings of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas made that impossible.
The first set was recorded by Itzhak Perlman, my favorite violinist (who I will see later tonight at a concert at the Fox Theatre). Though I attempted to order the discs through Amazon, the set has apparently gone out-of-print here in the States. Fortunately, Perlman's recording is still in-print in Britain, and Presto Classical happened to be having a sale on EMI's catalog; even with international shipping the price was right. The Szeryng I did get through Amazon, heavily discounted, and it makes the fifth recording I own of these pieces (alongside Perlman, Milstein, Mintz, and Grumiaux), cherished since I was introduced to them as a teenager by my violin teacher.