If you visited this site before 2004, when I conversed it to audio site then you remember that it was performances-centric site. It was structured by composers, and each (let say some) composition had a list of reported performances in descending order, according to quality of performance. The performances competed for being the “first” and so on…
I did not take this idea very far and I have to tell that I kind of lost interest for maintaining that site as I did not find it stimulating. Why the “competition” even needed? I did feel that it goes anywhere for me. I knew my performances and frankly I egotistically did not care about the performances of others. No one can teach anyone, people juts discover the new things with themselves….
Anyhow, the piece with this notion I found in 2003 when I visited local Clark Johnson, the Miserable. Clark had an interesting way to organize his records. It was by label, by composer, by performer, by instrument, by category – I was not able to figure out - not only in his organization but even in the organization of my own record, however it was also a well designated area with mixed labels, composers, performers, instruments and categories and this area was dedicated for the best performances ever.
Since then I do very much the same. I have a few shelves where I put the best performances. How can I or anybody else to equate them to a desert island or to not a desert island? They are not really “compete” but they just live on the shelf as the best achievement of mankind musical experiences committer to recorded media. I kind of not need to stratify them. They are good as they are….
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche