About the practicality of collecting symphony cycles:
My question is: when does buying another cycle, be it Beethoven or whoever, become nothing more than satisfying the urge to collect? With me, I am afraid I have to own up that it often is.
As well as loving classical music, I am also a philatelist, and the only thing better than acquiring an uncommon stamp is acquiring an additional one that is finer. In these terms, collecting music is much the same.
But, yes, there is a difference. Whereas stamps, or indeed any pictorial art can satisfy with a single glance, music lives in time, and in many cases that time is not inconsiderable. I admit that I do not have sufficient relaxation time to appreciate new cycles of symphonies, when I already possess music that I haven't played in over a decade. Being a natural collector poses a dilemma; the sheer amount of music makes it impossible to listen to in its entirety.
Could I prune my collection? Yes - if I could bring myself to do it. But I can't. I will play that dusty cd someday. Promise.
Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone else buy music knowing that music may only get played once or twice, and maybe - dare I say it - not at all? Where do you draw the line?