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Andante

Home page
Format audio
Software required not known
Pricing Monthly or yearly subscription; 14-day free trial
Comments
Concert performances of signficant orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony; also sells its own label CDs (not by download)

British Library

Home page British Library
Format audio
Software required not known
Pricing Free
Comments
Pre-1958 recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn & Mozart; limited to UK users

Classical.com

Home page
Format Audio
Software required Not known
Pricing Monthly or yearly subscription
Comments
Also offers downloads

ClassicLive

Home page
Format Video
Software required WMP
Pricing Pay-per-concert, price depends on time period that the concert be accessed (24 hours up to a week)
Comments
Concerts by a number of smaller European orchestras (eg Lahti Symphony Orchestra); available for up to three weeks after the actual performance

Monteverdi.TV

Home page
Format Video & audio
Software required Download and install
Pricing Pay-per-concert or download
Comments
Very new, but has very substantial claims: major label downloads, feeds from 200 classical radio stations, classical music news. Not entirely clear at this stage what is free.

Music Makes Friends

Home page
Format Audio
Software required Not known
Pricing Free with advertisements, monthly charge (no ads)
Comments
Very new, described by one person as a cross between MySpace and ITunes. Includes the major record companies (Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI) and others. Europe only.

National Public Radio

Home page
Format audio
Software required RP
Pricing free
Comments
National Public Radio (one of the treasures of the Internet for those living outside the US) offers its Classics in Concert series, featuring performances by notable orchestras, conductors and soloists. At the time of writing, these included Julia Fischer playing a Bach partita, Leon Fleischer playing Schubert and Leif Ove Andsnes playing the Grieg concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Naxos Music Library

Home page
Format audio
Software required WMP
Pricing Monthly or yearly subscription
Comments
The streaming complement of ClassicsOnline (see Downloads); all of Naxos stable, BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, cpo and others; over 15,000 CDs

Priory Records

Home page
Format audio
Software required none
Pricing Free
Comments
Priory label recordings - the user has no control over selections

Pristine Audio Direct Access

Home page  
Format audio
Software required None
Pricing Monthly subscription
Comments
The streaming complement of Pristine Classical (see Downloads)

Rhapsody

Home page
Format audio
Software required Not known
Pricing Monthly subscription (Rhapsody Unlimited or ToGo)
Comments
US residents only; available to members of either plan (with or without downloads)

St Paul Chamber Orchestra

Home page
Format audio
Software required none
Pricing Free
Comments
Recordings of past SPCO performances

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Home page
Format video
Software required none
Pricing free
Comments
Coverage of many of the orchestra's concerts through one of its sponsors, the major Australian ISP bigpond. While the SSO website gives the impression of only offering live coverage, the archive of past performances is provided at the Bigpond site.
 
 

 

 



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