Saturday, May 02, 2009
Classical music downloads to die for
Every recording of Bach's Orchestral Suites, Brandenburg Concertos and Keyboard Concertos made before 1957 are among the delights available free online from the British Library website seen above. That means Bach from Boult, Busch, Casals, Furtwängler (his Brandenburg No. 3 with the Berlin Philharmonic plays as I write as a reminder of how every great musician has their blind spots), Horenstein, Klemperer, Koussevitsky, Reiner and Weingartner, to name just a few. There are also delights from Beethoven, Brahms (including Karajan's Brahms 1 with, I quote, 'Amsterdam Orchestra' and 1 and 4 with the Philharmonia), Haydn and Mozart, including Bruno Walter's Prague with the Vienna Philharmonic. Plus world music from the archives.
It is an extraordinary treasure trove, except for one thing. The British Library site says, for obvious copypyright reasons - Available only in the UK. But a recommendation does come from download super-sleuth Walt Santner who lives in the States. Can IP address recognition really protect music copyright? Reports on access from readers outside the UK unable to resist these temptations are welcome. More Walt Santner discoveries here.
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