I've been waiting about 6 months for this last CD to come on sale.

When it comes to classical music, I’m a completist. That’s why I have so many damned CDs in the house. I don’t just want a Beethoven Sonata, I want ALL the sonatas. I don’t just want one disc of Bach cantata, I need to have each and every cantata on hand – even if I may never get the opportunity to hear them all.

It’s a sickness, I know.

Thankfully, over the past few years, my CD spending has really dwindled – in part because CDs are so passé (still the best way to build a classical music collection, IMO) and in part because I already have most of what I want. Still, there’s been one series of discs I’ve been collecting for the past 5 years or so: The Great Pianists of the 20th Century.

It features 100 2-disc sets featuring the biggest names in recorded piano history, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on all 200 CDs for a long time now; no easy task, given the CDs have been out of production for about 10 years. Slowly I’ve bought them up through E-bay and Amazon marketplace, tand his week, I filled the final gap in the collection with one of the earliest pianists in the collection: Alfred Cortot.

I’m so happy that I can stop watching for sales on these discs. Now, if I could just find more time to listen to these CDs…


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