CLASSICAL LOST AND FOUND
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FORGOTTEN MUSIC BY GREAT COMPOSERS AND GREAT MUSIC BY FORGOTTEN COMPOSERS

Back in 1982 the digital entertainment medium blossomed with the advent of those silver discs, known as CDs. Along with subsequent ones of varying format, they continue to provide classical music lovers with a source of rare fare. Granted, some are one-spin-trash-bin, but many others have forgotten music by great composers, and great music by forgotten composers, or for that matter, as yet little-known living ones. These discs represent what might be called Classical Releases Of Current Key Significance (CROCKS).

CROCKS NEWSLETTER REVIEW LAYOUT

The Classical Lost & Found (CLOFO) Web Site (CLOFO.com) tells adventurous listeners about such rarities through reviews appearing in periodic CROCKS Newsletters. Moreover, each review includes an album cover photo, descriptive caption, rating stripe, pertinent commentary, and a product "AVAILABILITY" table.

DESCRIPTIVE CAPTIONS

The descriptive captions are one-line summaries of an album's content that fall into three categories. The first and foremost are of the "COMPOSER" variety, which reference same by name. Then there are "PERFORMER" ones devoted to artists, groups and ensembles. Finally, "ALBUM TITLE" captions include those frequently inane, Madison-Avenue-like slogans hung on albums in hopes of increasing their salability.

BASIC RATING STRIPES

As for the rating stripes, there are four basic, color-coded ones ranking albums by reviewer reaction. These are marked as below with the words "RECOMMENDED", "SUGGESTED", "QUESTIONABLE" or "AUDIOPHILE", where the latter refers to superior sounding "RECOMMENDED" albums that will appeal to audiophiles (see below). The stripes also indicate number and type of discs involved, e.g., CD, DVD, SACD, etc.

- CROCKS BASIC RATING STRIPES -
- COLOR - - RATING NAME - - REVIEWER REACTION -
RECOMMENDED Uniformly good.
SUGGESTED Some concerns.
QUESTIONABLE Serious reservations.
AUDIOPHILE RECOMMENDED and superior sounding.

BEST FIND RATING STRIPES

At the beginning of each year, all "RECOMMENDED", "SUGGESTED" and "AUDIOPHILE" reviews that have appeared during the previous one, are carefully compared. The most outstanding earn permanent, somewhat darker colored stripes with "BEST FIND" added after their original rating name as indicated below.

- CROCKS BEST FIND STRIPES -
- COLOR - - ORIGINAL RATING NAME - - BEST FIND NAME -
RECOMMENDED RECOMMENDED BEST FIND
SUGGESTED SUGGESTED BEST FIND
AUDIOPHILE AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND

Admittedly, all this is subjective, considering it depends on personal musical tastes, which brings to mind the old expression, "One man's meat is another man's poison!" What's more, "AUDIOPHILE" also involves individual hearing perception, to say nothing of sound equipment characteristics, and listening room idiosyncrasies.

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY TABLES

In regard to the product "AVAILABILITY" tables mentioned above, while there are many retail web sites where albums can be purchased, for simplicity's sake only
Amazon
ArkivMusic
Berkshire Record Outlet
H&B Recordings Direct
Records International

are considered here. Clicking a retailer's name invokes their corresponding product page, thereby facilitating the ordering process.

RESIDENT CLOFO SEARCH INDEXES

Those looking for particular CROCKS Newsletter reviews can easily access them via several resident search indexes, which represent three, separate review domains known as "AUDIOPHILE SELECTIONS", "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR", and "CLOFO RECOMMENDATIONS". The latter includes all reviews that have appeared from as far back as two years ago. The others are subsets of this, with "AUDIOPHILE SELECTIONS" consisting solely of ones having "AUDIOPHILE" ratings (see above), while "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR" only includes those who earned their "BEST FIND" stripes back then (see above).

The indexes are accessed via domain-named boxes at the bottom of this as well as other CLOFO.com web pages. Each box brings up a search control page in its associated domain, having a menu with buttons named for four general, classical music genres, i.e., "ORCHESTRAL", "CHAMBER" (includes instrumental), "VOCAL" (includes choral), and "OPERATIC" (includes shows). Clicking one of these calls up an index that lists captions for reviews of that domain and genre. Many may find perusing these somewhat akin to browsing through racks of CDs in an old time, brick-and-mortar record store.

Each caption has a link that not only brings up the parent newsletter, but moves to the starting point of its associated review. What's more, there's a product "AVAILABILITY" table below the commentary, showing retail web sites that stock the subject album. Clicking a retailer's name invokes their corresponding product page, thereby facilitating the ordering process.

GOOGLE-POWERED CLOFO SEARCH ENGINE

Besides this in-house method of finding reviews, there's also a powerful search engine courtesy of GOOGLE. Entering any classical-music-related key word or phrase in the box below invariably calls up something on CLOFO.com, providing there's relevant material on at least one of its web pages.

NETWORKING SERVICES

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NOTIFICATION ABOUT NEW CROCKS NEWSLETTERS

If you or any of your friends would like to be notified whenever there's a new CROCKS Newsletter on CLOFO.com, just click the e-mail address below and let us know.

McQ@CLOFO.com


OVERTURES DON'T GET ANY GRANDER THAN THIS MALCOLM ARNOLD CLASSIC!


- LAST FOUR CROCKS NEWSLETTERS -
(CLICK DATE TO SEE NEWSLETTER)
DATE FEATURED COMPOSERS
31 OCT 2017 Eben · Fuchs, R. · Laks · Mayer, E. · Perger · Zellner
30 SEP 2017 Andriessen, H. · Bartók · Curci, A. · Dohnányi · Kodály, Z. · Mellits · Villa-Lobos
31 AUG 2017 Harberg · Hausegger · Reber · Wolpert
31 JUL 2017 Ben-Haim · Jongen · Nápravník · Pizzetti · Saint-Saëns

- TABLES OF ALL CROCKS NEWSLETTERS -
(CLICK YEAR TO SEE TABLE)
YEAR TABLE
2017 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2017
2016 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2016
2015 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2015
2014 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2014
2013 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2013
2012 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2012
2011 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2011
2010 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2010
2009 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2009
2008 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2008
2007 All CROCKS Newsletters for 2007


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