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.

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Accessing Opera in Video from off campus

We subscribe to Opera in Video, Dance in Video, and Theatre in Video. These databases are working fine on campus but are not working with the WebVPN.

You will need to download the Cisco Client in order to watch these from off campus, http://www.cmu.edu/computing/doc/network/vpn/vpn-cisco/

I downloaded the Cisco Client on both a PC laptop and Mac desktop this evening and was able to access all three video databases without any problems using Firefox, Safari, and IE6.

Let me know if you continue to have problems after downloading the Cisco Client or if you need help downloading the client.

Kristin

September Update: New Content in Music Online

First, a major feature of this release is that Alexander Street Press has begun offering higher bitrate streams for audio. Newly released audio will be delivered at 128kbps and 192kbps. They are investigating the option to upgrade all of their existing audio to the higher bitrates. For now, though, you can enjoy newly released audio at these higher rates.

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC REFERENCE
Eight new titles (2,941 pages) from University Press of Mississippi, Harvard University Press, Columbia University Press, and Northeastern University Press. New titles include:

* Bird Lives!: The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker by Ross Russell
* Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop by Michael Eric Dyson
* The New Blue Music: Changes In Rhythm and Blue by Richard J. Ripani
* Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War by Penny M. Von Eschen
* Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America by Karen Sotiropolos

African American Music Reference now has 28,608 pages of material.

AMERICAN SONG
114 albums (1,372 tracks) from Original Blues Classics, Biograph Records, Folk Era Records, Rebel Records, Colonial Music Institute, and Starday Records.

New material includes blues, folk song, country, and historical song from artists such as Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Mac Wiseman, Minnie Pearl, Odetta, and more. Also included in this release is a 1924 recording of George Gershwin himself playing `Rhapsody in Blue’ and many other of his famous compositions on rare piano rolls, released on Biograph Records.

Example albums include:

* Over the Hills and Far Away, Being a Collection of Music from 18th-Century Annapolis
* Lone Cat Sings and Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals and Blues
* Odetta and the Blues; Lightnin’ Hopkins: Swarthmore Concert
* Music of the Charles Carroll Family

American Song now has 58,837 tracks.

CLASSICAL MUSIC REFERENCE LIBRARY
One new title (433 pages) from Northeastern University Press: Deems Taylor: A Biography, by James Pegolotti.

Classical Music Reference Library now has 17,580 pages of material.

DANCE IN VIDEO
47 videos released from the Alive & Kicking Series, George Balanchine Foundation, and Dance On Series. New material includes:

* Interviews with Lavinia Williams, Vernon Fuquay, Shalom Hermon, Hikari Baba, Dai Ailian, Ayala Goren
* Documentaries on the Boston Dance Alliance, Prometheus Dance
* Performances of La Bayadère by the Ballet of the Teatro Alla Scala, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Sleeping Beauty by the Royal Ballet
* Coaching excerpts from the Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive and the Archive of Lost Choreography, including Maria Tallchief coaching excerpts from George Balanchine’s `The Nutcracker’, Allegra Kent coaching excerpts from `La Sonnambula’, and Frederic Franklin recreating five female solos from `Raymonda,’ Act III.

Dance In Video now has 166 videos.

OPERA IN VIDEO
24 videos released from Opus Arte. New operas include:

* Doctor Atomic by John Adams (2007 Netherlands Opera)
* Don Carlo by Verdi (2004 Netherlands Opera)
* La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti (Royal Opera House)
* Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich (2006 Netherlands Opera)
* Marco Polo by Tan Dun (2008 Netherlands Opera)
* Saint François d’Assise by Messiaen (2008 Netherlands Opera)
* Tosca by Puccini (2004 Teatro Real)
* Il Viaggio a Reims by Rossini (2005 Kirov Opera)

Opera in Video now has 132 videos (280 hours).

CLASSICAL SCORES LIBRARY
556 scores (15,795 pages) from Universal Edition. New scores released by composers such as Luke Bedford, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Friedrich Cerha, Barry Conyngham, Luigi dallapiccola, Morton Feldman, Beat Furrer, Enrique Granados, Leos Janacek, Modest Mussorgsky, Erik Satie, Antonio Vivaldi, Ian Wilson, and more.

Classical Scores Library now has 13,956 scores.