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Like Vic, I've now taken the

Like Vic, I've now taken the time to listen to Editor's Choice via Qobuz.

 

Advantages:-

 

  • Listen at CD quality, which is usefully better than the old Player
  • Access generally to the disc booklets, especially useful where there are text and translations involved
  • Choose which bits to hear, and if you like it enough, listen to the whole thing. In the case of the Disc of the Month, you can listen to all the bits referenced in the box at bottom right of the review, which has thus far seemed a pointless waste of space. Not now!

Disadvantages:-

  • The absence of so many labels and so much stuff. In the case of the current month, I can listen to 7 out of 11 selections. But this is a strange month where Editor's Choice includes no Hyperion, Chandos, Linn, BIS etc. I would guess an average month will be 50/50.
  • Qobuz's not very well designed search engine can make finding individual classical releases frustrating - but I get there in the end. At least for now, there doesn't - if one uses the Qobuz iPad App - seem to be any way of jumping directly to the Gramophone Editor's Choice. That should be fixable.

So, a mixed bag for me. If Qobuz (or one of the several competitors on the way) can increase their access to smaller labels, so important to the current classical market, they can still triumph. But if not...

Paul

Always a well-balanced,

Always a well-balanced, properly focused and more comprehensive response, Paul. Thanks.

 

The "price" of Music...

I thought Music, Classical even more, is beyond any price. Now, I found it has a price...apparently, based on the value of the equivalent "physical product", (Blu-ray, SACD, CD or cheap reissue which is for sale). That's the spirit!..

Parla

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parla wrote:

I thought Music, Classical even more, is beyond any price. 

 

Perhaps, for some out of print unstreamables.

 

Parla wrote:

Now, I found it has a price...apparently, based on the value of the equivalent "physical product

 

I believe there were composers who were paid about such an amount for certain works.

 

 

Tjh, I understand they were

Tjh, I understand they were paid for their efforts (work), not the outcome.

Parla.

"Out of print unstreamables"

"Perhaps, for some out of print unstreamables"...which, when and wherever found (in any form: reissue, original CD, LP etc.), will get a (new) price based on certain aspects of the specific product offered (new, used, original or reissue etc.)...

Parla

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parla wrote:

Tjh, I understand they were paid for their efforts (work), not the outcome.

Parla.

 

True, parla, though it's quite possible the payers indeed also viewed the works' worths as that much.

The Payers and the Price.

The payers, possibly, tjh, but that assumption does not allow us to attribute any price (value in money) to the outcome of the composer's labor.

Parla

 

Leontyne

Of the pros and cons of streaming, CD quality means little, of course, if the performances have deficits.  Likewise accessibility.

 

Yes, parla, assigning a wallet value to music works may not be best (though in visual art it may make more sense), but perhaps not impossible in imagination, in terms of the experience of them.  If one were forced never to listen / perform Carmina again unless a ransom is paid, for instance.

Usually "beyond any price" connotes (non-programmatic) life and death situations.

Agreement on the basics.

Let's be happy, if we can agree on the basics, tjh, as it seems so. As for the extreme situations, let them happen first...In any case, there will be the exception...

Life and death (along with love) situations are the prime subjects of Classical Music.

Parla

 

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