Friday 6 January 2006

Christmas Presents

One of the things that my partner, David, bought me for Christmas was the LSO Live recording of Shostakovitch's 8th Symphony with Colin Davies. We'd got the idea after attending the Dream of Gerontius performancein December, when they had been giving out leaflets. I rather fancied both the 5th and 8th Symphonies. David attempted to get them from one of the big high street chains only to find them charging over £12 rather than the £4.99 indicated in the LSO leaflets. In fact it took a bit of finding for him to be able to get a copy of the 8th Symphony at a reasonable price. We're still lacking the 5th.

But, of course, this is much to be expected as neither of us buy records from shops very often, using the web instead. I have even found a lovely site Classical CD Exchange which sells 2nd hand CD's; I can highly recommend it. So we can't really complain when CD's are difficult to come by in the shops.

Last time we were wandering around the St. Martin's Lane/Strand area we were shocked to discover that the Music Discount Centre in the Strand had closed. This was where I bought all my CD's in the early days, but I can't really remember when I last used it.

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