Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" for me has a special meaning. I have long known that the one road I did not take in life that should have been taken was the one in music. I have always had a passion for music and a great musical memory, I've lived a life filled with bliss on a daily basis listening to great recordings and attending concerts around the world. Andre Previn is right, "A day without music is a day lost." In a few days I'll be receiving in the mail from amazon.com
the exquisite performance by Joseph and Lillian Fuchs of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante on the Koch
CD label, a performance I previously had only on cassette tape. There are many great recordings in my collection and among them is a very special one of performances by Leonard Rose and Leonid Hambro that was sent to me by Rose's son. They are a collection of recordings that are unavailable elsewhere. Many of the greats on the violin are found in my collection too numerable to mention here. Some CDs in my collection are not available in the USA and were purchased while vacationing in Europe and others through the internet website Berkshire Record Outlet(http://www.berkshirerecordoutlet.com/).
Berkshire is a great source for older recordings and record company "cut-outs". Recently I've been collecting classical music material for use in creating crossword puzzles. I'll soon see how well they turn out. Down through the years I've collected and compiled a large collection of classical music quotes and have a sizable collection of books on classical music including those by Nicolas Slonimsky. A bit about myself: I'm a retired ESL teacher living in the Phoenix, Arizona area and my wife and I plan to vacation this fall with our friends in Denmark and again attend concerts in Copenhagen. From Denmark we'll move on to Sweden and Finland taking in some concerts along the way.