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J’ai résisté pendant très longtemps à m’acheter un E-reader parce que je suis cheap et que j’aime (aimais) bien aller emprunter des livres (gratuits) à la bibliothèque. Néanmoins maintenant que j’ai trois enfants en bas âge cette sortie est devenue plus compliquée et donc moins régulière. Quand j’allaite Uriel j’ai réalisé que de jongler avec un gros bouquin est assez difficile. Tenir un livre et tourner la page avec une seule main n’est pas une technique acquise; le livre tombait, je perdais la page… Alors pour les fêtes de fin d’année j’ai craqué et me suis offert (euh, merci chéri!) un Kindle. Je n’ai pas regretté une seconde. Mon petit gadget m’a déjà permit de lire en tout comfort plusieurs romans (gratuits ou pas) et de m’initier à l’Esperanto (plus on parle de langues, plus on veut en apprendre, non?).

Autre occupation, moins intellectuelle, pendant l’allaitement du petit dernier est le visionement de films et séries télévisées (sans pub) avec Netflix. Je ne comprend pas pourquoi, mais dernièrement je regarde Dexter. C’est une série HORRIBLE qui me fait peur et pourtant ma curiosité l’emporte et je continue à visionner épisode après épisode. (Mon autre raisonement est que peut-être je suis tellement assoiffée de soleil que j’ai besoin de voir des images de Miami, même s’il y a du sang partout). Je sais pas si vous connaissez, mais la série Life (à Los Angeles) était quand même beaucoup moins morbide (mais j’ai tout vu).

J’ai résisté…

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Are there some music lovers in this room?

Lately I discovered, and fell in love, with Bruckner‘s symphonies.

I would like to purchase a set or individual recordings, but am wondering which ones are considered “the best”, which conductor did a particularly good/inspired/original job, with which orchestras, etc.

Better buy a set or separate recordings?

My online research has been fruitless; so far I only found discographies (here and there) of his works but no critics.

Any comment / advise / love declaration would be appreciated! 🙂

Years back when I was studying music in college, a friend and I were dreaming of the time when we would be grown up and able to afford the whole 20 volumes of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. For the ones of you who’ve studied music, or not, this is THE reference in music (in English) when researching about a composer, musician or obscure music tradition in Western music history. We, music students, spent hours in the library reading one or many of the articles in one or many of the volumes, when researching for a music history paper or preparing a vocal lit presentation.

Last week, many years later, I was at the public library looking at the shelves of (very) used books on liquidation sale ($1 each) when, lo and behold, pinch me I’m dreaming, the 20 volumes of the New Grove Dictionary were there! Of course, we are talking about the old edition, the new one has 29 volumes and is much more expensive. Still, I couldn’t believe it; for 20 bucks my dream could become true! Unfortunately I had come walking, so I couldn’t possibly bring them back home right away.

My mind was in turmoil: Where would we even put those books at home? Our shelves are overflowing with books. Our living room looks like a book depot. What a nightmare it will be to move all this! Anxiously I told D about it.  He simply answered “lets get them”. He is so wise. So we took the car Saturday morning to pick up the 20 volumes which were still waiting for us. The librarian told us they had been on the liquidation shelves only 3 days and they had been worried they wouldn’t find the right person to buy them (I’m not sure what she meant by that).

Anyway, here they are:
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😀


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