So true, Romy.
I think I mentioned a while back listening to a live San Diego Opera Company production of "Orpheus in the Underworld" - in my CAR, and this sense of anxiety, anticipation and participation was available even under those very limited circumstances. Never mind that we rarely get such a performance at the opera house in any case. I am telling you, I was singing along with the overwrought singers, rocking back and forth; I nearly crashed the car.
I have recently posted some thoughts about the differences and even the antagonisms between performances and recordings, such as live, studio and/or audiophile-type recordings. Even though the latter can be pretty damned good on occasion, still, that collective angst is often even further diminished or finally missing altogether via the 'canned' performances. I notice this especially with opera.
About the only reasons for playing recordings are to revisit special performances and to experience music one would otherwise miss out on.
I wonder how many cities have good FM programming and broadcasting? Los Angeles was great, back when I lived in Venice, with interesting stuff going on around the clock. San Diego is quite limited, and I get Bupkis from my place up against the hills. Well, that's not altogether true... I do get crappy electricity...