How do you like your music? With or without repeats?
I am thinking, in particular, of the repeats you get in large-scale works - repeats, say, of the entire exposition of a symphony or piano sonata. Or, worse still, a repeat of the development section just when you think you are almost home again. I am here, I can see my cottage at the end of the road: no, you're not home - bam! - you're back to the beginning of the development. Snakes and Ladders.
Personally, I can't stand them and usually reach for the fast forward. In some cases, though not very many, I have used editing software to surgically remove the offending repeats. I've got a Mozart set somewhere which observes so many repeats, you feel you'll never get to the end. Six minutes of wonderful music somehow becomes an interminable fourteen.
A general case can be made on both sides, of course. The repeat is, technically, part of the score and is presumably what the composer intended. It helps make the structure more obvious and "prepares the ear" for future development.......and so on. On the other side, it is not obvious that we need a repeat to hear the structure or "prepare the ear" when we have heard the work a hundred times. And plenty of composers are on record as saying they don't really mind, one way or the other.
Performers take different sides, too. I've got two sets of Pires playing the Mozart piano sonatas - an early one with Denon (no repeats) and a later one on DG (repeats). The Denon beats DG hands down in every respect for me; it is even a better recording. But I would still favour it over the DG because there are no blasted repeats. No blasted repeats. Brendel usually skips the repeat in Schubert, Uchida doesn't. Gould left them out in most of his later Goldberg Variations, but retained them for the canons.......
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear what you have to say on the subject......Do you fast forward like me, or do you feel robbed if they are removed?