Raiders of the lost (classical) archives

In common with most enthusiasts, classical music fans spend much of the time complaining.

We shout at televisions for soiling our masterpieces with their filthy commercials. We criticise opera directors for taking too many liberties and performers for taking too few. We rant about Classic FM being too populist; Radio 3 for having too much chat. More recently, we've taken to mouthing off at Apple for the inflexibility of iTunes and - much more importantly - for its risible standard 128K bit-rate that makes even the best recordings sound as if they were made inside a shoebox insulated with soggy wool.

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