FIRST I'll mention that I have a few CD cases with no CD in them. So, if you have any of these CDs (without cases) you would like to offer me, let me know:

STEVE ROACH: Dreaming, Now... Then

Tod Dockstader: Aerial 2

Quatuor Ebene / Mozart: Dissonances

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They call me "Fritz" because that's the name I use on YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo and a few other such things. My ancestry is mostly German, but I'm an American-born citizen who can speak English and trying to know more German. That's why I thought I would use that German name for my ID. I'm just being a little cautious about giving out my real name and stuff.

Since this is Discogs, maybe I'll talk about the music I listen to. I could remember back in around 1980 when I could appreciate listening to music in Hi-Fi Stereo (which must've been the beginning of being an audiophile). Classical cassette tapes were the first store purchases I made, as well as Electronic Music. I do get vinyl (and styrene) records at flea markets and such places. When the CD's first came on the scene, I knew it would be the ultimate format. We thought that digital recordings would be the thing to get on CD's. Although, as I've learned a few years later, vinyl records have some advantages over CDs and analog recordings have their advantages, too. I sorta thought of that when I listened to analog and digital recordings on CD's, cassettes and vinyl records. Recordings on CD can still sound very darn good, especially when the remastering is done right. As for vinyl, I could listen to music on that format, too.

I can recognize a classical (and sometimes non-classical) piece when I hear one. For instance, there's classical music in a video game Crystal Castles and I know them all.

Besides classical, I'm also into Doo-Wop to the '80s. To me, most of today's pop music is nothing special, although there are exceptions to some more recent pop and techno/dance/trance. Oh yes, I've recently discovered post rock, especially the more ambient-like stuff.

I'm also into Electronic Music. It started out when my dad got a few records that features the MOOG synthesizer. Not that he was into it but, you know, it was a curiosity about how it sounded like. That was interesting. Some years later, I would get into Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Synergy, Tomita, Wendy Carlos, etc. I'm also into the experimental avant-garde electronic music, both old and new.

Nothing beats the physical media. I have a lot of CD's, vinyl records and some cassette tapes. But not as much as those who would collect a heck-of-a-lot. Such collectors got more than I would ever need! I also have a bunch of MP3 files for free (at least, I didn't BUY them). Some are downloads and some are from my CDs, records and tapes.

Time and again, I get some good used vinyl records (and cassettes) at cheap prices on eBay, the Amazon Marketplace, a flea market or a rummage sale.

What got me started on Discogs were the albums that I own that were not on the database itself. For a while, there were hundreds that I've added. These days, every once in a while, I would still find at least one release I could add or make corrections.

Time and again, I would need characters like these:

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submitted Mozart* - John O'Conor, Sir Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Everybody's Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 17, 20, 22 & 24. 4 days ago
submitted Yolanda Kondonassis - Scitillation. 4 days ago
submitted Yolanda Kondonassis - Quietude. 4 days ago
submitted Synchestra - Mother Earth's Lullaby. 2 months ago
submitted Synchestra - Daydreams. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Geodesium - Music From Infinity. 2 months ago
Don't expect the mellow Geodesium you may be used to. It's more like Geodesium going Jean-Michel Jarre. That's because the music was made for virtual rides in the planetarium. So, if you're into more stimulating stuff like techno - and especially if you ... See full review
submitted Geodesium - Music From Infinity. 2 months ago
submitted Geodesium - Music From SpacePark360. 2 months ago
submitted Ludwig van Beethoven - Murray Perahia - Piano Sonatas Nos. 17, 18 & 26. 3 months ago
submitted Brahms* - Yefim Bronfman, Isaac Stern - Sonatas For Piano And Violin, Op. 78, 100 & 108. 3 months ago
submitted Yo-Yo Ma - Six Evolutions - Bach: Cello Suites. 3 months ago
submitted Yolanda Kondonassis - Debussy's Harp. 4 months ago
submitted Hilary Hahn - Spectacular. 4 months ago
submitted Schumann*, Prokofiev* - Van Cliburn, Fritz Reiner, Walter Hendl, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Concertos. 4 months ago
submitted Various - Telarc Classical - Celebrating 25 Years. 8 months ago
submitted Various - Classics For All Seasons. 11 months ago
submitted Hélène Grimaud - Reflection. about 1 year ago
submitted Hélène Grimaud - Resonances. about 1 year ago
submitted Hélène Grimaud - Perspectives. about 1 year ago
submitted Mozart* - Mariaclara Monetti, Ivor Bolton, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Piano Concerto In D Minor / Piano Concerto In B Flat Major. about 1 year ago
submitted Mozart* - Ronan O'Hora - Piano Sonatas. about 1 year ago
submitted Dowland*, Elgar*, Bridge*, Parry* - Adrian Leaper, Capella Istropolitana - English String Festival. about 1 year ago
submitted Mozart* - Jonathan Carney, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Sinfonia Concertante. about 1 year ago
submitted Beethoven* - Ronan O'Hora, Jonathan Carney - Piano Trio No. 7 "Archduke" / Piano Trio No. 5 "Ghost". about 1 year ago
submitted Schubert*, Sylvia Capova - Impromptus. about 1 year ago
submitted Verdi*, Giordano*, Puccini*, Mascagni*, Leoncavallo* - Andrea Licata, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Overtures And Intermezzos. about 1 year ago
submitted Bach* - Essential Bach - Bach's Most Beloved Works. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Tangerine Dream - Booster. about 1 year ago
Since writing this reply, I was considering getting the CD version of this. Meanwhile, while I had a free trial of Amazon Music, I've listened to it for free. I've listened for any noises that I've noticed on the vinyl version, but there was none. ... See full review
submitted J.S. Bach*, Vivaldi* - Freiburger Barockorchester, Thomas Hengelbrock - Overtures • Sinfonias • Concertos. about 1 year ago
submitted Brahms* - Emil Gilels, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum - Die Klavierkonzerte • The Piano Concertos • Les Concertos Pour Piano / Fantasien Op. 116. about 1 year ago
submitted Schubert* - Emerson String Quartet, Rostropovich* - The Late String Quartets / String Quintet. about 1 year ago
submitted Domenico Scarlatti - Seymour Hayden - Scarlatti By Hayden. about 1 year ago
submitted J.S. Bach* - Seymour Hayden - The Goldberg Variations. about 1 year ago
submitted Schubert*, The Fine Arts Quartet, Frank Glazer, Harold Siegel - Quintet For Piano And Strings In A, D. 667 "The Trout" • String Quartet No. 14 In D Minor, D. 810 "Death And The Maiden". about 1 year ago
submitted Boccherini*, J.C. Bach* - Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - Cello Concerto In B-flat • Sinfonia Concertante • Grand Overture (Symphony), Op. 18, No. 1. about 1 year ago
submitted Emmanuel Pahud - A Portrait. about 1 year ago
submitted Quatuor Ebène - Felix Mendelssohn*, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel - Mendelssohn: Felix & Fanny. about 1 year ago
submitted John Williams (7) - Bach* - The Four Lute Suites. about 1 year ago
submitted Brahms* - Quatuor Ebène, Akiko Yamamoto (2) - String Quartet No. 1 / Piano Quintet. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Janos Starker - The Mercury Living Presence Recordings. about 1 year ago
I might as well agree with those who love it. Whenever I listen to the Cello Sonatas, as well as the concertos and Bach's Cello Suites, I would find them enjoyable. I used to have these Mercury Living Presence CDs with Janos ... See full review
posted a comment on Daphne Oram - The Oram Tapes: Volume One. over 2 years ago
I might be wrong but I've been suspecting that on CD2, a few tracks must've been "combined" by accident, which is why there are 18 on the CD but the listing shows 20. So for those who own and listen to "The Oram Tapes, Vol. 1", I thought it would ... See full review
submitted Richard Strauss - Minnesota Orchestra, Edo de Waart - An Alpine Symphony • Sinfonia Domestica • Till Eulenspiegel • Don Juan • Suite For Winds Op. 4. over 2 years ago
submitted Various - The Best Of The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe. over 2 years ago
submitted Various - The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe. over 2 years ago
submitted Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Mikhail Pletnev - Sonatas & Rondos. over 2 years ago
submitted Computerchemist - Music For Earthquakes. over 2 years ago
posted a review of Haydn*, Vivaldi* - Lynn Harrell, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner*, English Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman - Cello Concertos. over 2 years ago
Don't listen to the sound, but the performance!

I originally bought a cassette (a little less than $4) of Haydn's Cello Concertos when in community college. I thought I would hear how they're like. Just by the names like "Marriner" and "The Academy ... See full review
submitted Haydn*, Vivaldi* - Lynn Harrell, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner*, English Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman - Cello Concertos. over 2 years ago
submitted William Boyce - Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon - Eight Symphonies, Op. 2. over 2 years ago
submitted Janos Starker - The Mercury Living Presence Recordings. over 2 years ago