Hi, I'm John. I'm 33 and I live right in the middle of Boston, MA. I'm a half-breed Greek/German whose parents were born in Europe. Professionally I'm an infrastructure consultant for a large multinational financial services provider, so I spend a lot of time on the road. I am currently in Tulsa, OK, and that's all I can say about that.
I got into classical music as a kid, my dad is an avid fan who probably has more than 500 LPs. I still remember hanging out with my dad while he smoked his pipe and played his old Karl Richter Bach LPs, not to mention his vast (probably too vast) collection of Ormandy & Szell Columbia LPs.
I prefer the music of the masters, like Bach, Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, etc. but I've got a pretty broad scope, having gone as far back a Dufay and DuMachaut and as far forward as Schoenberg, Bartok & Stravinsky. I'm familiar with the works of many lesser lights as well, such as Cherubini, Xaver-Richter, Arriaga, and Biber to name a few. I've also heard quite a bit of earlier Baroque music (Fux, Pachelbel - no, NOT the Canon, Buxtehude, Heinichen), french Baroque (Couperin, Charpentier, Rameau) and italian Baroque (Antonacci, Torelli, Pez) and most of the standards like Corelli, Albinoni and anybody more obvious that you can think of. Zelenka is a favorite of mine and I believe he's woefully underappreciated. I also like most genres...orchestral, chamber, solo instrumental, sacred choral - though I can't say I'm a big fan of Lieder or Opera.
I've got a pretty extensive collection of Classical CDs, probably close to 2,000. I don't "do" mono recordings, but I've gone as far back as the advent of stereo and I tend to prefer many of those recordings as they feature the likes of Szeryng, Oistrakh, Stern, Grumiaux, Fournier, Rostropovich, Starker, Backhaus, Anda, Gilels, Kempff and great conductors like Kempe, Dorati, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Bohm, Klemperer, Monteux, Cluytens, Walter, etc.
As you can probably tell I'm not a fan of "historically-informed" Beethoven or Mozart, I think it sounds ridiculous, but on the other hand while I love Karl Richter for Bach I have moved on to Pinnock, Gardiner, and the rest of the HIP movement for Baroque music. And I also like both the art-deco Beethoven of Karajan and the traditional Beethoven of Schmidt-Isserstedt.
Also, classical isn't the only music I like. I'm just as likely to be caught listening to Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem, Yes, John Coltrane, Porcupine Tree, the Mars Volta, Return to Forever, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin or the Beatles as I am to be listening to Szeryng/Dorati/LSO playing the Brahms Violin Concerto, Goebel/MAK play Bach's Overture #1, Alban Berg qt play Schubert's Death and the Maiden, or Geza Anda/Salzburg Mozarteum playing Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto.
I also own about 100 SACDs as I have a quite nice mid-fi stereo system, and I can probably make some recommendations about the basic repertoire on SACD for those that are interested.
All right, that's enough I guess. I look forward to some excellent discussions.
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