By Jacob Stockinger
This holiday season brings some sadness for local classical music fans.
Charles S. Lunde, the longtime and beloved record seller at Victor Music and then the Exclusive Company, has died.
Charles had deep knowledge a of classical music and a ready sense of humor. He brought both to State Street, where he worked for more than 50 years selling classical music.
Charles or “CS” (as he was known) made buying records — and I mean back in the vinyl days as well as the digital CD days — fun and adventurous. He had wonderful stories to tell about meeting Rubinstein and others. Seeing him became a social outing, an occasion.
And he was nothing short of an institution to generations of University of Wisconsin School of Music students and to Madison area residents and classical music fans.
Those of us who knew him and valued him owe a great debt to his good friend David Martineau, who cared for Charles so deeply and lovingly for many years and especially in the 10 years since Charles suffered a stroke on-the-job.
Here is a link to his obituary as listed in the Wisconsin State Journal, complete with a biography and suggestions for a memorial donation:
I think I’ll go play Brahms’ “German” Requiem and think about Charles.
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