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Classical music into the masses...
posted by hama7 (25 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
hey cool... thank you. :D excellent post.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:32 PM on January 6, 2007


This has me very excited.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:33 PM on January 6, 2007


Very nice; I just listened to the Boys' Chorus of St. Petersburg doing Brahms' Five Songs for Chorus, Op. 104: no 1, Nachtwache (I had to do some googling to figure that out, though).

Picky LH pickiness: Классическую музыку в массы would be better translated "Classical music for the masses."
posted by languagehat at 5:37 PM on January 6, 2007


Cool stuff, thanks. Should I point out that at least a few of these recordings I know are under copyright? Nonetheless, this is a great piece, and the composer just finished a large ensemble version.
posted by LooseFilter at 5:49 PM on January 6, 2007


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posted by rdone at 5:52 PM on January 6, 2007


That's funny, LooseFilter - a friend of mine just performed Isaak the Blind in Chicago with his ensemble. Very cool stuff.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:56 PM on January 6, 2007


B_B, awesome--what ensemble? I was just in Chicago. Was it received well?
posted by LooseFilter at 6:04 PM on January 6, 2007


My dot was to ditto LH's correct translation of the site's title.

Under the "Jazz" directory, there are excellent quality recordings of Gershwin played by George himself. Don't miss the solo "Rhapsody in Blue" if you've never heard it done by the composer.
posted by rdone at 7:05 PM on January 6, 2007


I think so - he performed at Funky Buddha Lounge and elsewhere. It was quite beautiful.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:07 PM on January 6, 2007


Just thought I'd pop in and say thanks for the awesome post. I felt that the favorite to comment ratio was a bit one sided.

I am downloading the entire website as we speak.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:37 PM on January 6, 2007


I am downloading the entire website as we speak.

And How exactly do you achieve that? CitrusFreak12?

I will be most interested to find out the procedure for my own delight as well.
The way I do is to listen to any piece I prefer and have another program that record the music while playing, but takes along time and be attending when the music ends and stop my recording and then write the new portin and click start and etc etc.... There is better way?
posted by CRESTA at 1:00 AM on January 7, 2007


CRESTA, one word: DownThemAll.

Awesome site, BTW. I wish they had stuff like some of Wagner's other operas, but this is pretty good for a free site.
posted by champthom at 1:45 AM on January 7, 2007


This was amazing and thanks....

...but...

scrolling through composers nothing I looked for was there.

None of it. Weird.

(though I post this sifting through the "g's")
posted by sourwookie at 2:09 AM on January 7, 2007


Auugh!

Bartok: No Mikrcosmos
Britten: No War
Chopin: No preludes
Dvorak: No symphonies
Glinka: No Russlan and Ludmilla
Haydn: Nothing from his stay in England'
Mahler: Only the 1st!!!???
Marcello: No string sonatas
Mendelsohhn: No Academic Festival
Mussorgsky: No fifth!?!

Thanks! For sure! I'm Grateful and will listen to this all. I just find the fact that all I aimed for was missing. Weerie.


...unless, perhaps, this was set up to be a list of "B" sides...
posted by sourwookie at 2:21 AM on January 7, 2007


The bassoon player on "Peter and the Wolf" rocked grandpa.
posted by sourwookie at 2:23 AM on January 7, 2007


Rachmaninov sans piano concertos??

So many holes, yet so much new material.
posted by sourwookie at 2:25 AM on January 7, 2007


BTW: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Tuba Bee" is short, sweet, and well worth checking out.
posted by sourwookie at 2:29 AM on January 7, 2007


this is ridiculous. thank you!
posted by Marquis at 6:29 AM on January 7, 2007


Coralcache link
posted by elpapacito at 8:55 AM on January 7, 2007


CRESTA: "I will be most interested to find out the procedure for my own delight as well.
The way I do is to listen to any piece I prefer and have another program that record the music while playing, but takes along time and be attending when the music ends and stop my recording and then write the new portin and click start and etc etc.... There is better way?"


They're right, DownThemAll works well. But you can just right-click on the link to the song and select "save as," as well; there's no need to record.
posted by koeselitz at 11:25 AM on January 7, 2007


Personally, I don't know how I feel about this. Good classical musicians already have to scrape to earn a kopeck nowadays; seems as though this is worse than any other kind of piracy.

But, for the seventy-year-old recordings, I guess it's no problem. So many of these seem new, though.
posted by koeselitz at 11:26 AM on January 7, 2007


Good classical musicians already have to scrape to earn a kopeck nowadays; seems as though this is worse than any other kind of piracy.

That makes it better, not worse. The classical music market is pretty niche. There's a higher likelihood that someone downloading this music is trying it because it is free rather than being a lost customer, unlike popular music with a large (and younger) audience.
posted by Gyan at 1:10 PM on January 7, 2007


OK, maybe not everything anybody could ever want (which reminds me -- want to look for Ruslan and Ludmilla at the library) -- but worth it just for the Well-Tempered Clavier. Way to go, hama7!
posted by pax digita at 8:57 AM on January 8, 2007


Hmm; it feels like a bonanza, but I'm not comfortable with it. There's probably not a recording on that site that isn't under copyright in the United States and most other countries.

Legally, I'm surprised the site has stayed online this long, but I have some ethical problems with it too. These are not obscure or orphan works; I have some of those exact recordings on CD. Plus, a lot of the musicians and even composers are still alive.

If you're going to download this stuff, at least go out and buy it when you decide you like it. A lot of the artists are still around to thank you.
posted by musicinmybrain at 4:05 PM on January 8, 2007


Something has happened to this site. :-(
posted by Eyebeams at 5:34 PM on January 16, 2007


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