Nowadays, it is all online deals and my weekend listening will include Fritz Reiner conducts Richard Strauss, The complete RCA & Columbia Recordings; 11 Cds. Was also chuffed to pick up a 16CD set, The Art of Daniel Barenboim, DG, for £22 51.
I marked Record Store Day with a visit to Fine Records in Hove - not that I needed an excuse - and abstinently came away with just one disc - but what a disc.
And coincidentally it's Fritz Reiner conducting Strauss - extracts from Elektra and Salome with Inge Borkh. Now this is a disc with a certain reputation but it's the first time I've heard it - and live up to its reputation it most certainly does. Borkh (and Schoeffler in the Recognition Scene) may not exactly sound youthful but what singing - absolutely living the text - and conducting! And the playing and recording are pretty astonishing too - the Dance of the Seven Veils recording is sixty years old but most certainly doesn't sound it; it's in stereo and thankfully pre-dates that period when opera recordings tended to be over-reverberant and distant. It's up-front and visceral - but with delicacy and transparency too. A truly extraordinary disc.