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Classical Music at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.
posted by Gyan (36 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Due to copyright issues, the items in this category cannot be displayed in your jurisdiction."

In any case, "out of copyright" makes "lossless" kind of moot.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:20 AM on March 9, 2009


jurisdictionally challenged here as well.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:25 AM on March 9, 2009


Worked for me. I'm in NY state.
posted by ubiquity at 11:41 AM on March 9, 2009


Worked for me. I'm in NY state.

You East Coast liberals also let people buy their demon rum in any liquor store they fancy. Here in Utah, we do things different.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:47 AM on March 9, 2009


If you're gonna do this, go to the trouble to tag it so it's useful.

I mean,
lp-29721_BeG - RICHARD WAGNER - RICHARD WAGNER
AudioComposers: RICHARD WAGNER Artists: RUTH SIEWERT; HERBERT VON KARAJAN; LEONIE RYSANEK; ELFRIEDE WILD; SIGURD BJOERLING; BRUENNHILD FRIEDLAND; IRA MALANIUK; LIESELOTTE THOMAMUELLER; ASTRID VARNAY; HERTHA TOEPPER; BAYREUTHER FESTSPIELE ORKEST; ELEANOR LAUSCH; HANNA LUDWIG Tracks: RICHARD WAGNER: AKTE 3 -DIE WALKUERE (WWV.86 B)
Is that the von Karajan Walk├╝re from the von Karajan Ring that I already have, or another one? Year of performance or year published might help. It looks like it's fom a Bayreuth Festival performance ("BAYREUTHER FESTSPIELE ORKEST), but which year???
posted by orthogonality at 11:48 AM on March 9, 2009


This proves what everyone has assumed, due to election results, amendments passed and episodes of "COPS", Florida is indeed a land unto itself.

Or at least a jurisdiction that should not be allowed classical music.

Do you hear that? It's Irony in B Flat.
posted by willmize at 11:49 AM on March 9, 2009


orthogonality, that one's recorded in August 1951, AFAICT. Click on the entry and view the jpeg of the Back Cover.
posted by Gyan at 11:53 AM on March 9, 2009


Gyan,

thanks much, but that's not my point. There's no way to search on 1951, and I'm guessing it's not in the ID3 data.
posted by orthogonality at 12:02 PM on March 9, 2009


Damn you, Sonny Bono!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:03 PM on March 9, 2009


I haz idea!

Can mefites more knowledgeable than I go through these, and pick out the best?
posted by orthogonality at 12:06 PM on March 9, 2009


Why are some people in the States getting through, while others (like me) aren't?

I'd like a legal, lossless, free source for my classical music too.
posted by paisley henosis at 12:06 PM on March 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


In CT and I get the copyright error.
posted by booticon at 12:22 PM on March 9, 2009


Copyright error in California here.
posted by cj_ at 12:28 PM on March 9, 2009


No joy in Pennsylvania at present.
posted by lumensimus at 12:32 PM on March 9, 2009


Hmm, searching on "Sullivan" shows five: two Mikados, a Penzance, a Princess Ida and a Gondoliers. All of which I have already.

Henry Lytton in the cast suggests it's a D'Oyly Carte production.

OK, from D'Oyly Carte, I have the 1924 Ida, 1927 Gondoliers, the 1926 and 1936 Mikados, and the 1930 and 1959 Pinafore, and the 1968 Pirates. (All legally purchased, btw, all except the last two from Jim Lockwood's excellent and now defunct for copyright reasons 78stoCDs.) (I also have a couple of Mackerrases, though on CD, not ripped.)

Yeah, looks like that is the '27 Gondoliers, which is one of the best ever, so download it it you don't have it.

And the Princess Ida is the Pearl GEM 129/130 recording of the 1924 Princess Ida. (The '24 Princess Ida, ripped at 320 CBR, is what I used to get battery timings on for the rockbox firmware, incidently.)

Ah, the Pirates is the 1929 Pirates, from the American tour, with a mix of D'Oyly Carte and non-D'Oyly Carte singers. Reputedly not great, but quite solid and a popular re-issue.
posted by orthogonality at 12:34 PM on March 9, 2009


Arkansas is fucked. But what else is new.
posted by middleclasstool at 12:47 PM on March 9, 2009


Now, how do I convert a single wav file to multiple mp3 tracks? In linux?

Oakapple gives a track listing, but no track times.
posted by orthogonality at 12:59 PM on March 9, 2009


Can't in Ohio. Wonder if it would be possible coming off of a non-US Tor node?
Just speculating...
posted by cimbrog at 1:04 PM on March 9, 2009


Nix for Washington State as well.
posted by Skot at 1:15 PM on March 9, 2009


~Wonder if it would be possible coming off of a non-US Tor node?

I assume so, but if that worked, the download speeds would be painfully slow.
posted by paisley henosis at 1:23 PM on March 9, 2009


Grabbed a UK IP from Tor, got in with no problem. 842 concerts in a wide range of formats, with the one I randomly picked having the option of record side downloads, or tracks, each in a number of formats. Wow.

With just the index page taking around two minutes to load, though, and uncompressed album side would take far too long to be practical.

Really impressive, though. We USians should be jealous.
posted by paisley henosis at 1:32 PM on March 9, 2009


Reporting copyright jurisdiction error from NYC.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 1:33 PM on March 9, 2009


Works from Germany and is pretty darn wonderful.

Thanks,
I have work-music for the next good long while.

and orthogonality, dude, Gilbert and Sullivan?.. Didja see "Topsy Turvy"?
posted by From Bklyn at 2:26 PM on March 9, 2009


DO NOT TALK ANY SMACK ABOUT G&S, FROM BKLYN. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

It's weird to be on the other side of a country-restricted FPP, but I will certainly proxy on in and check these out once I get home. Thanks!
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:30 PM on March 9, 2009


Oh no, I ain't talkin' smack (I grew up on Gilbert and Sullivan and puzzled over the name "D'oyly Carte" for an ungodly long time), I'm expressing surprise. I never expect anyone to have ever heard of them, much less enjoy their music.

And "Topsy Turvy", which I'll assume has been discussed here before, is an excellent film about them (I could gush about the movie for as long as you've got - seriously, if you haven't seen it, I think it's a fucking masterpiece). If you even only just know who Gilbert and Sullivan were it's very worth whatever it takes to see it.

No no, you'll get no hating from me on G&S.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:58 PM on March 9, 2009


Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.
This is true for pages 1-4. Pages 5-34 are all just wav, with one or two exceptions on pages 30 and 33.
posted by tellurian at 3:16 PM on March 9, 2009


you can search with mp3. I get 107pp.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:31 PM on March 9, 2009


you can search with mp3. I get 107pp.
Yes, you would. There are 842 recordings in all, 25 to a page. Pages 1-4 x 25 = 100 + the few strays on pages 30 and 33.
posted by tellurian at 3:44 PM on March 9, 2009


"and orthogonality, dude, Gilbert and Sullivan?.. Didja see 'Topsy Turvy'?"

No. I suppose I should.
posted by orthogonality at 4:00 PM on March 9, 2009


Didja see 'Topsy Turvy'?

Call me sentimental, but I prefer the 1952 Story of Gilbert & Sullivan.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 4:17 PM on March 9, 2009


No copyright love here, either.

Booooo …urns!
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:45 PM on March 9, 2009


Copyright issues, no recordings displayed, etc. (NJ)
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 4:52 PM on March 9, 2009


Copyright issues (NY City).
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 5:25 PM on March 9, 2009


Dang, I sent this to my husband before realising that we, too, were jurisdictionally challenged.
posted by subbes at 5:47 PM on March 9, 2009


From Bklyn: Phew. I'm not a fighter, and I certainly didn't want to get in a fight over late nineteenth century operettas. Glad to know there are other G&S lovers around.

I've been in a G&S performance every summer since I was five or so. We rotate four shows (Pirates, Iolanthe, Mikado, Pinafore) I'm pretty sure I've been in all of the choruses, men and women, in addition to Ruth, Pirate King, Private Willis, Chief of Police, and Captain Corcoran. (Sadly, never a lead in the Mikado. I would *love* to sing "I've Got a Little List.")

So, yeah, I'm biased. G&S is awesome.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:51 AM on March 10, 2009


No dice in DC, either. We never get nice things!
posted by orrnyereg at 1:50 PM on March 10, 2009


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