Overstocked and begging

The return of a (gladly?/sadly?) irregular event, when I put out the begging bowl and ask for your modest and generous donations so I can keep this thing going.

This is your extra money, of course, your magazine subscription or public radio money, even just change from the couch. Anything and everything helps. And if you’ve found anything worthwhile through this site, it’s a validation for me. As always, the best way to support the site is to buy my book, and/or make Amazon purchases through the links you find here. No extra cost to you, it just takes a tiny bit of the money that would go to Jeff Bezos and redistributes it downard, if you’re into that kind of thing.

To donate via PayPal, just hit the button above or the one at the bottom of this post, or use this link.

And speaking of public radio, I’ve got premiums! Choice items to give away as a thank you note for donations!

$20 gets you a signed, personalized copy of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. Add a note in the PayPal telling me how you want it personalized. I have 17 of these total.


As you see from the picture above, I have many collections of CDs to give away. These are combinations of promos I get, duplicates, and things from my library I’m just not going to listen to anymore. Everything is used but completely playable (as a collector I take care of things), and nothing is bad, in fact there is a lot of objectively great music, and certainly things to please everyone. If you’re wondering why I am giving away classic records, like Bernstein’s Beethoven cycle, it’s because I have too much of somethings: I have EIGHTEEN other Beethoven cycles, including one of Bernstein’s, likewise I have more Mahler and Bruckner than I can reasonably pay attention to. I’ve portioned them out into some amazing bundles:

$30 gets you a Grab Bag of 10 randomly selected CDs, some combination of jazz, classical, new/experimental music, all release within the past few years. I can put together at least a dozen of these.

$50 gets you a BOX SET(!!!) grab bag. I have five of these:

• Symphonies 1: Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Leonard Bernstein & Vienna Philharmonic; Mahler: Complete Symphonies, various artists (the Naxos set); Bruckner: The Symphonies, Roberto Paternostro, Wurttemberg Philharmonic Reutlingen; Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Otmar Suitner, Staatskapelle Berlin; Vaughan Williams: The Symphonies, Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonia; Mozart: The Symphonies, Trevor Pinnock, English Baroque Soloists.

• Symphonies 2: Beethoven: Symphonies 1 - 9, Roger Norrington, London Classical Players; Mahler: Complete Symphonies, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic; Bruckner: Symphonies 1 - 9, Günter Wand, Kölner Rudfunk; Schubert: Complete Symphonies, Franz Brüggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Sibelius: Symphonies 1 - 7, von Karajan/Kammu, Berlin Philharmonic, Mozart: The Symphonies, Karl Böhm, Berlin Philharmonic.

• Orchestral/Chamber: Bartók: Orchestral Music, Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, soloists; Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos, John Elliot Gardiner, Malcolm Bilson, English Baroque Soloists; Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Alban Berg Quartet; Satie: Complete Piano Music, Cristina Ariagno; Sibelius: Complete Piano Music, Annette Servadei; Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Mitsuko Uchida.

• Mozart/Opera: Mozart: Complete String Quartets, Talich Quartet; Mozart: The Divertimenti For Wind Instruments, Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Mozart: Idomeneo, John Elliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists; Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress, John Elliot Gardiner, London Symphony Orchestra; Monteverdi: Complete Operas, Sergio Vartolo, Various, *Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte*, Arnold Östman, Drottingholm Court Theater Orchestra, Various.

$75 or more, I have one of three amazing collections for you:

• Led Zeppelin: Definitive Collection. All 10 original Atlantic albums in a nicely sinister black box.

• Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas. Played by Richard Lester on Nimbus, all seven multi-disc sets together.

• Igor Stravinsky: The Recorded Legacy. The original 1997 collection from Sony, with complete documentation and the black slipcase that encloses the 22 CDs (out of print)—that's it at the bottom of the picture.

Recorded Legacy at Bottom

(Stravinsky is spoken for thanks to a generous donation)

Donation amounts above included the shipping and the “handling” bullshit. Give what you can, if you can, and enjoy the site.


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.