Classical Music Library: New Content December 2012

Alexander Street Press has just added 647 albums (10,519 tracks) to Classical Music Library.

Most notable is the addition of 316 albums from Decca and Deutsche Grammophon! This fantastic new content contains material such as:

• Beethoven’s Fidelio with Birgit Nilsson, Lorin Maazel and the Wiener Philharmoniker • Mozart Symphonies with the Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood • Bellini’s Norma with Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, and Marilyn Horne • Musicals, including Victor/Victoria, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tell Me on a Sunday, Mamma Mia, and more • Plus artists and ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, Carlos Kleiber, Cecilia Bartoli, Sumi Jo, Julie Andrews, Anna Netrebko, Christoph Eschenbach, Barbara Bonney, Lang Lang, and more!

Other new artists and ensembles include: American Bach Soloists, Colin Booth, Daniel Estrem, Ensemble Mirable, Ivan Illic, Janine Johnson, JungHae Kim, Kyiv Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Baroque, Vivaldi Consort, Vito Paternoster, and independent artists and ensembles from around the world.

They have added new albums from Haenssler Classic, Coro, Nimbus, Tactus. Examples of new albums include:

• Peter Philips – The English Exile
• Ravel on Guitar and Ukulele
• Baroque Lute Duets
• Harpsichord suites of Chambonnieres
• Japanese Piano Works
• Boismortier – Sonatas for Two Bassoons and Continuo • Jake Heggie – To Hell and Back


New EMI albums added to Classical Music Library

Alexander Street Press has added another 1,409 albums from EMI (35,688 tracks) into Classical Music Library.

They released the remaining EMI material into Classical Music Library, adding to the already 22,000 tracks of EMI already in the database. There are now over 50,000 tracks of EMI included.

New content comes from EMI Classics, Angel Records, Capitol Catalog, and more.

Highlights include recordings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jussi Bjorling, Victoria De Los Angeles, Itzhak Perlman, Renata Scotto, Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Melos Ensemble, Pinchas Zuckerman, Borodin Quartet, Christoph Eschenbach, Elly Ameling, Trio Sonnerie, Alban Berg Quartett, Chung Trio, John Ogdon, and more.

Also included in this release are hundreds of full length operas, including:

Turandot – Puccini (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
Puccini: La Bohème (Mirella Freni, Teatro dell’Opera Di Roma)
Mozart – Don Giovanni (Joan Sutherland, Philharmonia Orchestra)
Puccini – Tosca (Placido Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra)
Mozart: Così fan tutte (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra)
R. Strauss: Elektra (Eva Marton, des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
Donizetti: Don Pasquale (Beverly Sills, Ambrosian Opera)
Gounod: Faust (Thomas Allen, National Opera of Paris)
Bellini Norma (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
Massenet : Manon (Roberto Alagna, La Monnaie)
…and many more.

Other example albums include:

Walton conducts Walton: Symphony No. 1, Belshazzar’s Feast etc
Bela Bartók: Mikrokosmos Books 1-6
Ireland: Piano Concerto and solo piano works
Mendelssohn: Elias
Penderecki: Orchestral Works
Joyne Hands – English Renaissance Music
Barry Tuckwell: Horn Concertos
Simon Rattle Edition: Britten
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Spiral 1 & Japan
20th Century Classics: Arvo Pärt

Classical Music Library: New Content

Alexander Street Press has added 459 albums (8,384 tracks) into Classical Music Library from a wide variety of labels, including new releases from Haenssler Classics, Mode Records, Bridge, Vox, and Wirripang.

New material includes compositions by Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax, Gustav Mahler, Charles Koechlin, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Carter, Edvard Grieg, Morton Feldman, Aldo Clementi, Antonio Salieri, Lawrence Dillon, John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Henry Fillmore, Morton Subotnick, Ursula Mamlok, Valentin Silvestrov, Giacinto Scelsi, Toru Takemitsu, and more.

Example new albums include:

Olivier Messiaen: The Works for Orchestra (SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg)
Pioneers and Exiles: Violin Music from Israel (Kolja Le ssing)
Lute Music of the Renaissance: The Schele Manuscript Hamburg, 1619 (Joachim Held)
Insects and Paper Airplanes: Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon (Daedalus Quartet)
Japanese Piano Works (Gerhard Oppitz)
Arlene Sierra, Vol. 1 (Arlene Sierra)
Australian Song Cycles, Vol. 1 (Wendy Dixon)
Elliott Carter: Choral Works (SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart)
Bridge, Britten & Bax: Cello Sonatas (Johannes Moser, Paul Rivinius)
Mozart: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Violin (Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antonio Pappano, Konstantin Lifschitz)

Classical Music Library: Download Feature to be Removed

Message from Alexander Street Press July 13, 2011:

“Dear Classical Music Library customer,

When you originally activated your Classical Music Library subscription, you chose to activate the option for patrons to download tracks using their personal credit cards.

As of September 6, 2011, the download feature will no longer appear in Classical Music Library. This is simply a courtesy email to let you know that the “download this item” icon will be going away.

If your users have purchased tracks and not yet downloaded them, we’ve emailed them asking that they download their tracks before the September 6 deadline.

You need do nothing — we are just informing you in case a patron mentions this to you.

It’s only the optional downloads that are being removed — a feature that was rarely used. You and your users of course can continue to enjoy all the music streaming to you through Classical Music Library. With more than 87,000 tracks, including recently added music from EMI, Classical Music Library will continue to grow.”

Classical Music Library: 94 albums not available

Alexander Street Press had to remove streaming access to 94 existing albums for which EMI incorrectly gave them the rights. They have not yet removed the metadata from Classical Music Library so that users will have a chance to re-assign other content to playlists if they have used any of these tracks.

Tracks from the 94 albums can still be searched for within Classical, but they are no longer playable. So if a user sees an “X” icon next to one of these tracks, it is not an error. Here is an example for reference:

So, for now, the MARC record links remain, as well as any links to playlists. Eventually, though, they will remove these albums in their entirety from the site.

Alexander Street Press: New Content

Alexander Street Press just released 22,496 tracks from EMI, Virgin Classics, and Angel Records into Classical Music Library. That is 1,529 new albums. You can see a list of all of the new content.

Highlights include recordings by Thomas Hampson, the Eroica Trio, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Chang, Les Arts Florissants, Maria Callas, Julian Bream, English Consort, Dinu Lipatti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig, Berlin Philharmonic, Sviatoslav Richter, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Kiri Te Kanawa, Maxim Vengerov, Vienna Philharmonic, and many more.

Examples of new albums include:

* American Classics series – includes albums by Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Ives, Grofe, Adams, Cage, Gershwin, Tomlinson, Foster, and more.
* Bach:Complete Lute Suites (Sharon Isbin)
* Bliss conducts Bliss: A Song of Welcome etc
* The Busoni Two Piano Programme
* Maria Callas in Rehearsal in Dallas 1957
* Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording (Martha Argerich)
* Enrico Caruso 1902–04
* Gubaidulina – The Canticle of the Sun/Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion
* J.C. Bach La Dolce Fiamma – Forgotten castrato arias
* Maxim Vengerov : Solo recital album
* Tavener . Pärt . Górecki (Vasari Singers)

Classical Music Library now contains 87,193 tracks.

Alexander Street Press: New Content

Alexander Street Press has added:
8 new videos to Dance in Video from the Balanchine Foundation and the Royal Ballet to Dance in Video.

New material includes coaching sessions and interviews with Alicia Alonso, Arthur Mitchell, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden and Todd Bolender, along with performances of Ondine, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet.

Dance in Video now includes 286 videos, equalling 239 hours.

9 new videos to Opera in Video:

* Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera House)
* Dido and Aeneas with Sarah Connolly (Royal Opera House, 2009)
* Falstaff (Glyndebourne, 2009)
* Hansel und Gretel (Royal Opera House, 2008)
* Salome with Maria Ewing (Royal Opera House, 1992)
* Un Ballo in Maschera (Teatro Real, 2008)
* Mad About the Opera directed by Mario Costa (Bel Canto Society, 1948)
* Great Opera Arias: A gala concert from the Royal Opera House 1996, starring Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Dwayne Croft, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, and more.
* Documentary on Maria Callas from Bel Canto Society

Opera in Video now includes 157 videos, equalling 328 hours.

3,597 scores (37,325 pages) to Classical Scores Library.
New material is from A-R Editions and includes scores from the Recent Researches of the Classical Era, Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, and Recent Researches in American Music.

Composers released include Armand-Louis Couperin, Johann Adolf Hasse, Ignaz Pleyel, Antonio Salieri, Giovanni Sammartini, Jan Dussek, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Charles-Marie Widor, Amy Beach, and more.

Classical Scores Library now includes 24,300 scores and 399,098 pages.

179 new albums to Classical Music Library.
The albums are from Vox Music, Bridge Records, Cantolopera, Mode Records, Newport Classic, and more.

Example of new albums include:
* Young Brendel: The Vox Years
* Katie Zhukov: Six Profiles of Australian Women Composers
* Cowell: Dancing with Henry: New Discoveries in the Music of Henry Cowell
* Gerald Finley/Stephen Ralls: Songs of Travel
* Feldman: Late Works with Clarinet
* Laurence Lesser, Haesun Paik: Beethoven, The Complete Music for Piano and Cello

Classical Music Library now includes 4,298 albums and 65,701 tracks, and is growing regularly.