The Dubravka Tomšič ‘case’
In all certainty, Romanian music lovers remember the time when, back in the ’90s, the first CDs appeared in our country. The large record labels from West, the ones that really had a saying in the international musical industry, were proposing CDs with some of this century’s most important musicians, from Dinu Lipatti to Maria Callas or Wilhelm Furtwängler. Yet, the prices were unreasonable. For example: in 2000, a professor was able to buy with his salary some five or six CDs produced by EMI or Philips. Timid at first, and faster paced afterwards, a few Romanian record labels were born, trying to support the Electrecord’s efforts to spread out culture. They all had some common elements: decent prices, ugly or very ugly covers, while text that accompanied the CD had (almost mandatory) a few spelling mistakes. Perhaps the beginning was supposed to be that difficult, taking into account the fact that the country was enjoying capitalism for just a short while.
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