Sunday, December 11, 2011

YouTube as a source of unique new music recordings

YouTube has become a valuable source of historic recordings. There are several channels that are worthwhile checking out. If you combine them with a YouTube-to-MP3 conversion site, you can burn your own CDs, with pretty decent 128 kbps sound quality.

Here are some channels:

For the conversion to MP3, you can use different sites, such as:
All that's left to do, is burn to a CD using Windows Media Player, which will automatically convert MP3 to the standard CD format.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

How to draw a young crowd to a classical concert

The Hague based Residentie Orkest will perform Dmitri Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 10 at the Lowlands popfestival in August 2011. And the Royal Concertgebouworkest has unveiled its 2011/12 programs, including the modern AAA series, which is aimed at drawing a new and young crowd. There will be a few world premieres, but focus is still on the first half of the 20th century. Included are Edgard Varese's Ameriques and Magnus Lindberg's Kraft.

The people in The Hague and Amsterdam have made some very good programming decisions.

Here's a recommendation for an encore: Alexander Mossolov's The Iron Foundry.