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RE: Classical EMI sale

I agree with PAR--you need to find your own way, and that probably means traveling up a few blind alleys. The standard beginner's recommendations--Pines of Rome, Bolero, and God knows what else, are generally "light classics", a genre which is about as appealing to me as "female vocals"--a genre generally focused on licentious fantasies on the listener's part. Some allegedly difficult music might speak more directly to you, as it did to me. In my book, Scriabin beats Respighi any day.

I think that the budget labels, like Naxos, are probably a mistake. A really good performer will make the music come alive, and a perfectly fine performer probably won't. There is a lot of disagreement about what's hot and what's not, so my advice would be to trust no one!

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