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Last night I fell head over heels in love with a beautiful song I heard on the radio. I thought it sounded like a traditional Italian song, but when I fed the 2 words I had caught of the title and the performers into Google, I found the full reference in the first hit (o how we love thee, Google), and it turned out to be a classical piece by the early 17th-century composer Stefano Landi. On the BBC3 website I could hear 1 minute of it and read rave reviews, and a Polish site gave 30-second excerpts of all tracks on the CD.
I also loved the album, so when the rain stopped this afternoon I went out to buy it. (The first classical album in my collection, woohoo! I am not completely illiterate in the field, and some of it I like a lot, but somehow the classical music I grew up with never appealed to me as much as pop music did. I have decided this is because I never heard Ancient Music* at home - well, apart from Bach, that is. Everybody loves Bach.)
Unfortunately none of the record stores in my neighbourhood with a reasonably-sized classical department had this album in stock. Oops. Stupid me had not reckoned with that. It was too late to try shops farther away, but tomorrow I'll phone up Concerto and if they don't have it, I will have to order it and wait for another 2 weeks. Oh well.
So for now I have had to make do with the 1-minute excerpt on the BBC3 site, and the wonderful music I found on this website's pages
. A whole new world is opening up for me in my old age, so please excuse my rambling on. You see, I find it pretty exciting, even if you don't. :D :D :P* The correct term is Early Music (18/5/2008)