Topic: Music Downloads: SOS!

I would like to get some advice on downloading - or at least listening to classical music from the internet.  I have never attempted this before. 

Please kindly suggest good reputable websites with any suggestions you can offer.

At the moment, I'm specifically looking to take a listen to "Mozart Symphony in C" (Jupiter) and the "Beethoven Violin Concerto, op 61."

Thanks in advance from a real novice in this department!

Marsha - marshaburkett@earthlink.net

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Re: Music Downloads: SOS!

Mutopia has free downloads.  The repertoire is pretty spotty, but it is worth checking out in case you find something interesting.  The website is:

http://www.mutopiaproject.org/

They also have links to other resources.  I have found a few interesting things there, and the price is right!

Dave Knorr

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There are many options! I use itunes because it usually has a better collection of classical music downloads than most online music stores. It's rather inexpensive (usually 99c a track) but sometimes itunes doesn't allow individual tracks to be downloaded on classical recordings, forcing you to purchase an entire cd if that is all that is available.

http://www.apple.com/itunes

Download the program and install it. Open it up (it can be slow to load even if you have a fast computer) and click on Music Store in the left hand column. Then, in the right corner click on the field above "Search Music Store" and type in your search. You can listen to 30second clips of most recordings. Once you make your selection purchase it and you can play it through itunes. You can then burn a CD of the tracks within itunes. It's a pretty simple interface.

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I subscribe to emusic.com and I've found it amazing ... I've "met" so many oboists and heard a lot of new music. If you want to subscribe, you choose from different plans, depending upon how many downloads you want per month. (I did an annual subscription this first year because I found so much I just "had" to have.)

I'm not looking to get anything for free, but if you choose to subscribe I can refer you and I'll get some free downloads. I'm happy to do that (duh!) but I never give out anyone's email unless they ask me to do this. You might check out their site first and see what they have that you might be interested in. I believe they have the complete Naxos catalogue, as well as other labels.

I also use iTunes if emusic.com doesn't have what I want. They cost a bit more per track, but it's still a good deal. (And I don't have to drive anywhere so no gas money is spent.)

I download everything and put it in iTunes (whether it's iTunes or emusic it all works in iTunes). Then I can burn CDs if I choose, or just put the music on my iPod (or leave it on my Mac and listen from there).

I love being able to burn a CD of just what I want ... or listening to a program in the order we'll be playing it to get an idea of what I'm in for.

PEM
http://www.oboeinsight.com
AIM: Patioboe

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Marsha, I think I found the Mozart.

http://www.eclassical.com/eclassic/eclassical?&composer_id=8&last_page=small%5findex&page=find%5fby%5fcomposer%5flist

Walter Deinzer
Amateur Oboe and English horn

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Ugh, the whole url didn't remain, but it was on www.eclassical.com.

Walter Deinzer
Amateur Oboe and English horn

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I just found another site lurking in my "Favorites".  This place has a whole lot of stuff.

http://www.classicalarchives.com/index.html

Dave Knorr

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Marsha,

For listening to music in a streaming format over the internet, a very good site that I've found is AccuRadio.com.  The classical music portion of this service is also known as AccuClassical.com.  Here's the link for that:

http://www.accuradio.com/classical/default.htm

They give you the ability to search for and sort selections a number of different ways: by time period, by composer, by orchestra, by opera, by artist and by instrument.  For double reeds, the instrument category includes a roster of "oboe soloists" that lists:
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Nancy Ambrose King, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Holliger, Heinz Holliger and the Orlando Quartet, Carolyn Hove, Thomas Indermuhle, Alex Klein, Lothar Koch, Humbert Lucarelli, John Mack, Celia Nicklin, Pierre Pierlot, Hansjörg Schellenberger and Allan Vogel.

Give it a try.

George Young

Last edited by GeorgeYoung (2006-09-07 13:27:57)

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Also for streaming music live over the internet for free is www.shoutcast.com  In the search box, type in "classical" or even more specifically "baroque, renaissance, etc." and you'll see many radio stations listed.  Click on the "tune in" button to listen or click on the name of the station for their website.  www.shoutcast.com lists a lot of genres in addition to classical.  I like it for the film scores.

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Thank you all for the wonderful advice on music downloads!  I noticed it got a lot of views.  I hope others were helped as well.  You guys are just great!  xo

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