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Re: The Classical Download Thread: Russian Website "Classical Music Online"
« Reply #820 on: December 24, 2016, 12:43:18 PM »
Does anyone have any experience with this Russian website?

http://classical-music-online.net/en/composers/O

I have tested it and so far it seems marvelous!  Under "O" one finds e.g. all the symphonies of Ovchinnikov, plus his classic film scores.  Check out Leo Ornstein.

They also offer the only stereo recording of Taneyev's opera The Oresteia.  (It takes a while to download, or at least it takes a while for my connection.)

For $20. via PayPal one gets "unlimited" hearing for 3 years: I was wondering if anyone had paid this fee and if so, were you satisfied.

Excellent site. For a modest donation, you have full access to their musical database to download. Though you can download music for free, there is a limit as oppose to those who make a donation. I have no complaints and would encourage anybody to at least make a donation It's not cheap maintaining their servers and they do provide a great service for those who love classical music.

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Re: The Classical Download Thread: Russian Website "Classical Music Online"
« Reply #821 on: January 09, 2017, 10:10:16 AM »
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Excellent site. For a modest donation, you have full access to their musical database to download. Though you can download music for free, there is a limit as oppose to those who make a donation. I have no complaints and would encourage anybody to at least make a donation It's not cheap maintaining their servers and they do provide a great service for those who love classical music.
Is it streaming ?
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Re: The Classical Download Thread: Russian Website "Classical Music Online"
« Reply #822 on: January 17, 2017, 03:35:24 AM »
;DIs it streaming ?

Yes they do stream any composition you choose in their database but you can also download it.

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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #823 on: February 03, 2017, 06:02:56 AM »
Is it legal, or is it bootleg?

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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #824 on: February 09, 2017, 06:50:58 PM »
I recently joined the ranks of downloaders. I plan to download only recordings that are higher resolution than RBCDs but will still buy SACDs. Of course, if a CD I want isn't available in a download, then I'll buy it. The 8 or so "hi-res" (24bit 96k) ones I've bought so far all sound great.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #825 on: February 09, 2017, 07:50:37 PM »
I recently joined the ranks of downloaders. I plan to download only recordings that are higher resolution than RBCDs but will still buy SACDs. Of course, if a CD I want isn't available in a download, then I'll buy it. The 8 or so "hi-res" (24bit 96k) ones I've bought so far all sound great.
I have hundreds, and got increasingly annoyed of the price difference between the hires and regular CD prices.  For a long time it was in the 20-30% range, which was alright for me.  Now, it is often 50-66% more, a price difference which isnt warranted IMO.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #826 on: February 09, 2017, 11:48:48 PM »
I've heard numerous audio engineer types adamantly state that any higher resolution that 16 bit/44.1 khz (standard CD quality) is entirely beyond the range of human hearing and that the whole hi-res. thing is a pure marketing scam.  That's why I've never been tempted to go that route.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #827 on: February 20, 2017, 07:04:25 AM »
I've heard numerous audio engineer types adamantly state that any higher resolution that 16 bit/44.1 khz (standard CD quality) is entirely beyond the range of human hearing and that the whole hi-res. thing is a pure marketing scam.  That's why I've never been tempted to go that route.

I don't know about it being purely a marketing scam as higher resolution is indeed higher resolution.

Best, maybe, to stick to fact not opinion. Hi-Rez generally fails in double blind tests set up to distinguish between 16 bit/44.1 khz and higher resolution.

of course MP3 generally does not do much worse either

I am of the camp that I prefer the best resolution available.... knowing I likely will hear no difference.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #828 on: June 11, 2017, 06:10:34 AM »



Kimiko Ishizaka's recording of the Goldbergs is available for $0.00 here.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #829 on: June 11, 2017, 04:01:47 PM »
I don't know if this has been posted about before, but http://www.classiccat.net/ has links to hundreds/thousands of free MP3s of a variety of recordings.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #830 on: June 11, 2017, 07:26:22 PM »



Turns out that Ms Ishizaka also recorded the first book of the 48, which is also available for free using the same link from above.  The downloads are available in multiple formats, including high res FLAC and WAV.  Robert Douglass appears to have posted on this forum before under the user name Open Goldberg.  The two of them put together a Kickstarter campaign to record Chopin's Preludes on an 1842 Pleyel, as well, which hopefully will also be available for free under a Creative Commons license.  In addition to all that, Ms Ishizaka used to be a successful competitive powerlifter and Olympic lifter.  I got me some listening to do.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #831 on: June 14, 2017, 12:17:39 PM »



Kimiko Ishizaka's recording of the Goldbergs is available for $0.00 here.

Thanks for the link. I offered $1.00--didn't feel like completely taking advantage! Those who want hi-res be sure to select the FLAC version, as it defaults to MP3 and you get only one download. (I learned this the hard way--had to buy it twice!) I've only had a chance to sample it, but the audio and her playing are excellent.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #832 on: June 15, 2017, 12:21:31 PM »
It looks like it has been eight years since it was last mentioned, but the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum has a now vast music library available on MP3.  Many/most/all are also available on YouTube.  There are many performances from notable artists of today - Jumppanen, Denk, Weilerstein, Biss, and so forth.  The price is right.
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #833 on: August 04, 2017, 09:50:27 AM »
Pianist Michael Houstoun offers a variety of free downloads via Bandcamp, in a variety of formats including lossless, through his website: http://www.michaelhoustoun.co.nz/discs_bandcamp.html

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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #834 on: August 15, 2017, 09:44:56 AM »
Just FYI.  I have not explored this site yet, but do look forward to doing so :

http://www.openculture.com/2017/08/download-400000-free-classical-musical-scores-46000-free-classical-recordings.html
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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #835 on: August 24, 2017, 08:05:32 AM »



Kimiko Ishizaka's recording of the Goldbergs is available for $0.00 here.

I subscribe to her work on bandcamp for 20 euros a year. I think her current (kickstarter) project is recording the Art of the Fugue.

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Re: The Classical Download Thread
« Reply #836 on: September 04, 2017, 11:07:39 AM »
I subscribe to her work on bandcamp for 20 euros a year. I think her current (kickstarter) project is recording the Art of the Fugue.

It is almost there but still has not reached the goal. 56 hours to go.

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