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)


IMSLP & WIMA to Merge

Agreement has been reached between IMSLP and the Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA) to merge, with the result that WIMA’s entire collection of files will be moved to IMSLP. These consist of some 65,000 scores and many more audio files, meaning that WIMA will end up as IMSLP’s biggest community project.

The Werner Icking Archive is in no way dying – it’s simply moving to a new home, one that will provide WIMA contributors with many advantages, such as IMSLP’s highly active community and detailed categorisation system.

For more information please see IMSLP’s official project page and WIMA’s announcement.

The merger of 65,000+ files into IMSLP will be a Herculean task. IMSLP cordially invites volunteers to help with the file transfer. Please see the forum thread if you would like to take part – your efforts would be greatly appreciated.

Naxos Music Library Adds Entire EMI Classics Catalog

Announcement from Naxos Music Library (August 19, 2011):

“It is with great pleasure that we announce – the complete EMI Classics catalog is now available to every Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library – Jazz institutional subscriber! This vast catalog of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, and Blue Note Records.

Today, more than 225 albums are be available in NML with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011. More details will be available shortly. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of the updates.

We hope you’re as excited as we are and look forward to many months of wonderful new music! These additions represent the first of many great things to come – so stay tuned for more updates as we near the end of 2011.”

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.