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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!
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
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
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.
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