Aureole etc.

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Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
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Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

Verdi Requiem

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Grieg, Mendelssohn sonatas

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Home page
Format mp3
Comments The majority of files are in midi format, but there are quite a few mp3, if you look for them.


Home page
Format mp3
Comments A links page to many individual third-party sites; the site claims 4800 performances

Czech Radio

Home page
Format mp3, flac
Comments Recordings of Bach's Brandenburg concertos

Damien's 78s

Home page
Format mp3 (typically 158 kbps)
Comments Mostly 78 rpm recordings, but also a few early LPs. Site design is somewhat basic (the advantage being that pages take no time at all to load), but transfers generally well done.

Danish Radio

Home page
Format mp3
Comments Concert recordings, range from Baroque to contemporary; pages in Danish only

European Archive

Home page
Format mp3 64 kbps, wav, ogg, flac
Comments 1950s out-of-copyright recordings; not the quickest or best organised download site around; downloads are whole LP sides, not individual movement tracks

Jiri Gemrot

Home page
Format mp3
Comments A small selection of this contemporary Czech compoer's music.

The Music of Paul Corfield Godfrey

Home page
Format mp3
Comments Mostly excerpts, but there are complete versions of the symphonies.

Internet Archive - 78s and Cylinder Recordings

Home page
Format mp3 (varying bit-rates), Ogg Vorbis
Comments Contains huge numbers of transfers, but unfortunately they are all heaped up together. There is no subdivision into broad categories; hence, searching is not convenient, and locating by tags is decidedly patchy. You need to have some idea of what you're looking for! Also, the transfers all tend to be in some way "restored" of "refurbished" by their contributors, whereas I'd have expected an "archive" to have insisted that each entry must include an absolutely "straight" digital transfer, sounding as close to the unadulterated originals as possible, with the contributor's own idea of a restoration being merely a "consumer option". Ergo, caveat emptor!

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Home page
Format mp3 128 kbps
Comments More than a hundred recordings from the Museum's concert series - one of the best free sites on the web


Home page
Format mp3
Comments Keyboard works by Liszt and others; two performers only (Jeremiah Jones and Jonathan Bowman)

Frederik Magle

Home page
Format mp3 200+ kbps
Comments A Danish composer offering recordings of his own music; his music has been recorded by EMI and other well-known labels

Alexi Matchavariani

Home page
Format mp3 - 192 kbps
Comments Site dedicated to a 20th century Georgian composer; download files are Russian recordings of Matchvariani's compositions no longer available, including violin concerto (see review), symphonies, chamber music and ballet

MF Files

Home page
Format mp3 56 kbps
Comments A small range of standard repertoire; source not idientified

John Mitchell

Home page
Format mp3
Comments Recordings of Mitchell's compositions - chamber, instrumental and songs; Richard Stolzmann is one performer

Peabody Concert Orchestra

Home page
Format mp3 192 kbps
Comments Archive of the orchestra and wind ensemble's performances dating back to 2000

Piano Society

Home page
Format mp3, some video
Comments Performances submitted by aspiring pianists; at the time of writing "140 pianists have uploaded 1,982 recordings by 120 different composers"

Radio New Zealand Concert - Podcast Classics

Home page
Format mp3
Comments Page offers two downloads, "this month's" and "last Month's", each comprising one or more complete works. The download pages provide detailed information (including photos) about the performers, and a brief programme note for each work. Since any given download remains available for only two months, if you're interested you need to grab them quickish!

ReDiscovery's Paperback Classics

Home page
Format mp3 320 kbps
Comments As it says, ". . . memorable performances that might have sonic or technical flaws, or may not be of sufficient consumer interest for a catalog release." Currently (Jan 2012) comprises about four dozen CD-length downloads, to which additions occasionally made. Some interesting stuff, mostly central repertoire.

Home page
Format mp3 mostly 128 kbps
Comments Very informative site, literally crammed with transfers of many recordings made by Stokowski between 1917 and 1940. Well worth a browse!






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