Originally posted by scacchipazzo
All recordings I've ever heard are very competent. Therefore no clear favorite. My own recording of the work is by an ensemble picked from members of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. While you're at it make sure to enjoy same ensemble's very competent Mozart Clarinet Quintet, a masterpiece of simplicity and quite possibly Mozart's greatest chamber piece.
Any idea of the data load listening to spotify uses? Even MP3 is something like a meg a minute and full CD is like 11 megs a minute.
My problem is I only get a half gig a month on my so-called smart phone. I would love to have the music I want to listen to, for instance, can you find dudes like Martin Simpson, Keb Mo, Rev. Gary davis, Judy Collins, Ralph McTell? Folk musicians?
My daily commute adds up to 2.5 hours minimum two ways, and I listen to XM/Sirius but the REALLY ticked me off first killing the folk channel, and to add insult to injury, just killed the book channel where they read stories and had new radio drama's like Sherlock Holmes and such. I think they were monitoring my XM usage and decided I was the channel killer and killed the only reason I got XM in the first place. And DUMB DUMB me, I got a lifetime subscription, a $500 dollar waste of time. Now all I find is BBC radio and 15 year old Car Talk shows and some nice interviews by Bob Edwards. And occasional forays to the comedy channels but it ain't the same. It sucks bigtime actually, ESPECIALLY considering the absolutely INSANE number of sports channels.
It really pointed out where their heads are at. So I am looking for alternatives. I made a flash drive of our family music which covered 25 years of our family onstage and in home recordings so I use that sometimes, and I am considering making a very long set of music on it, the flash drive added up to about 3 hours but you can listen to your own music only so long
So I may put some really nice vinyl stuff on flash like early Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt and Eugene O'Donnell who made an outstanding piano and violin record of Irish airs with James McCafferty, a great irish pianist, absolutely first rate. The only problem for me is the amount of time I have to massage all my vinyls, I have over 2000 folk and classical records and they have to go onto the computer and flash drive one for one, one hour of music, one hour of futzing around with the system, for instance, using scratch and tic removers and such, making sure that A 440 is A 440 when played back. I HATE it when I record something that starts out at A 440 and plays back at A 430 or something. I started a project where I re-recorded country blues records with the idea that the musicians of the 1920's actually may have had their instruments more of less in tune, A 440 and so forth. It was quite a job but the result was a tape of stuff that you could play behind with your guitar and be in tune and it sounded great! Anyway going from Vinyl or reel to reel to a flash drive is a pain in the butt. CD's copy a lot faster, what 3 or 4 minutes for a 70 minute CD but the best stuff is not on CD's. Like my first real guitar teacher, Mike Stewart, AKA Backwards Sam Firk who recorded on Adelphi records in Washington DC (long story there) and other dudes who never made it to CD's.
The real music like that is just SO much more real and interesting than the pablum that passes for folk music these days. Martin Simpson is a great guitarist but his day is almost past now and the new players coming on line are specializing in that fingerboard tapping crap the just bores me to tears, nice sound effects but no actual music.