Agree the Cellos suites too - there is so much, no wonder musicians regard Bach as just pre-eminent, above all others.
As I suspected - it seems administering all my music could absorb a large amount of time. (CD's are shallow shelves and I think I'll compromise by keeping them (building more in a functional storage area) - so some time will be spent on physical indexing and replacing (which is preferable (bending and stretching) as I already spend far too long in front of a computer at work all day) and using a player - I suppose I'll take forward use of iTunes for compatibility(have added a few CDs, just bought my third track !) - for music I want to sync to an Ipod touch and or play at the moment. So the idea is it will be what I am playing at the moment, and I'll use playlists to categrise that. And I'll try an AEX I got from the refurb store at some point.
I've started to acquire some good value downloads (Hyperion offers (+ prepay discount) also the Classical shop is doing a monthly free download and hourly half price offers) and I'm storing those as FLAC as I want an independant format which I will copy into the player for current playing. I also have a reservation as to tying the music I have to any particular format or company - looking over the long term I trust my CDs, vinyl and Hard Disks will be there, but I don't want to be at the mercy of the commercial decisions of anyone - Windows, Sony or Apple. (Bit like putting all my music on the Phillips digital cassette - where would I be now if I'd done that?). I know there is no 100% safe haven (applies to FLAC too) but I'll watch out for any better "archive" format for back up HDDs, as time goes on. I'm not ruling out iTunes in the cloud if it will take up the FLAC imports for music I have only ever had as a file.
When I get some more time I'm not ruling out J River but I don't have much spare time and I either want to listen to or make** the music (I'm as keen on opera in performance as I am on
the dizzy heights of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart's most "intellectual" works) .
**No special claims here, I'm a singer in a choir, not an instrumentalist and not a professional.
At the moment I can only think of the website for "The Gramophone" - have to register (I subscribe to the magazine, at the moment, so not sure how they give access). They have copied their editions back into the 1920's (I think that far back) and leaving out the last 5-7-10 years the reviews were comparative and authoritative. And a search of the right kind there will turn up the reviews. I won't elaborate on what seems is the recent trend of far less comparison but they do run features each month comparing all the recordings of a piece (a la Radio 3 Building a library) - hope this isn't teaching you to suck eggs !
I'd like to discuss some matters of interest to classical collectors but unfortunately this week is the worst of timing - my Internet broadband has been down (think it's the router, just got limited service back) Im extremely busy with work (independant system, not for private use), and I have to ramp up my phonetic Russian pronunciation for the Rachmaninov Vespers which I am singing tomorrow.
So if you'll forgive me I probably won't be able to add anything to any discussion until Sunday or Monday. Sorry Rednaxela (and in respect of JS Bach's anniversary) for the thread drift. Perhaps one or some of us (regular/non- regular posters) could, at some point, start some classical collectors/users topics ?