Music: Records: Chamber Music

Unlike operas, which are best seen in opera houses, and symphonies, which are best heard in concert halls, chamber music is meant to be enjoyed at home. Originally designed for the palaces of the rich, it now makes ideal hi-fi listening, but for years American record buyers ignored the fact, turned the volume up and delightedly let the high decibels of opera and symphony beat them down. Chamber music accounts for only a small fraction of U.S. classical record sales, but there are some signs that the situation may be changing.

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