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nunhgrader
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Cool place to check out performance!

I like to check out different and new composers, conductors, performances etc. here: http://www.eclassical.com/

I know, I know mp3s are not audiophile approved but, these are non-DRM files encoded at decent quality 192 kbps.

Example from site:

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto in B flat minor, single file download (entire work)

Complete version of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B flat minor, three movements. By many considered to be his fore-most work, one of the most popular piano concertos ever written.

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Name: Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto in B flat minor, single file download (entire work)
Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr
Opus: Op. 23
Year composed: 1875
Record Label: HNH International
Performer: Chuprik, Ethella
Conductor: Seifried, Reinhard
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice)
Length: 34:22
Size: 47 MB
Format: Zip Archive
Bitrate: 192
Download time: T1 = 2 min
ISDN = 52 min
56.6 modem = 114 min
0.5 Mbit = 13 min

Price: US $0.99

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Andrew Richards & Archive.org's most recent classical offeri

One of the better recorded concerts I have heard on archive.org (though my sample size is a mesley 10 at this point). Here is a runndown of the performance with a link at the end.

Important: do not take the welcome and invocation track as an indicator of sound quality!

(01t01) Welcome and invocation by Robert Holst

(01t02 -> 01t05)
Bohemian Arias by Francesco Tosti
~ La Serenata
~ Vorrei morire
~ Ideale
~ L'ultima canzone

(01t06)
Piano solo:
~ Notturno by Ottorino Respighi

(01t07 -> 01t09)
Sacred Songs
~ Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck
~ Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
~ Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verde

(02t02) Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verde
(MacDuff's Aria from MacBeth)

(02t03) Kuda, kuda by Peter Tchaikovsky
(Lenski's Aria from Eugene Onegin)

(02t04) Piano solo: Erlk

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Re: Cool place to check out performance!

Let me be the bad guy here. I understand the MP3 issue and I am not addressing that.

Why would one want to download this? The performers are unknown to me and I've been collecting classical music for decades. What is it about this recording that makes it worth the bother when there are dozens and dozens of performances of this piece, many by well-known pianists and many on really low-priced CDs?

If you don't tell me something about the performance and/or performers that, in any way, makes it unique, interesting or outstanding, I don't see why I should want it. Cheapness and availability are not sufficient.

Kal

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Re: Cool place to check out performance!


Quote:
Let me be the bad guy here. I understand the MP3 issue and I am not addressing that.

Why would one want to download this? The performers are unknown to me and I've been collecting classical music for decades. What is it about this recording that makes it worth the bother when there are dozens and dozens of performances of this piece, many by well-known pianists and many on really low-priced CDs?

If you don't tell me something about the performance and/or performers that, in any way, makes it unique, interesting or outstanding, I don't see why I should want it. Cheapness and availability are not sufficient.

Kal

In short reply, I cannot say what would make this performance unique or special for someone such as yourself. If you want to know why I posted, read more.

Unfortunatelly I do not have the associated knowledge of performance and recordings that come with decades of classical music collection. therefore I cannot really make a case for why you, or anyone else with such knowledge would want to download this, aside from curiosity.

For myself, I am only beginning to enjoy classical music. I have primarily been using my college music library, local record shops and thrift stores for this persute. To this end, my taste is as undeveloped as my knowledge, and thus I have no qualms about trying unknown peformers. furthermore the "bother" associated with sampleing what is freely available online is close to nil for a child of the digital age such as myself.

To some lesser degree there is a point to be made about the use of lossless encoding formats for classical music. Classical music has historically taken a backseat to pop formats in the design of audio codecs, Mp3 for example, being tweaked to the tune of Suzan Vega's "Tom's Dinner". However such a discussion is probably better suited for the computer audio forum.

Perhaps my enthusiasm for unknown peformers is misplaced, and the nature of classical music does not lend itself to finding hidden gems in the way that contemporary music can. It was in this spirit, often echoed in the other musical forums, that I decided to share.

regards

Wind "shunned and shot down" Zilla

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Re: Cool place to check out performance!


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In short reply, I cannot say what would make this performance unique or special for someone such as yourself. If you want to know why I posted, read more.
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It was in this spirit, often echoed in the other musical forums, that I decided to share.
Wind "shunned and shot down" Zilla

I did and I understand. OTOH, looking at it from the reader's point of view, it would be nice to see something that might encourage me to want to download it. (I may be an old fart but I can manage it pretty easily.) There's so much out there and a little subjective comment would make all the difference. Did you listen to it? Did you like it? No credentials required.

Kal

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