Music Website News
with KEITH BRAMICH
Finding CD reviews
At Classic CD magazine you can see an interesting way to search
through over 4,500 reviews of almost 7,000 CDs published in the magazine
between 1995 and 1998. This could be an interesting addition to Gramophone
magazine's Gramofile database,
which contains 24,000 reviews dating back to 1983. Both resources are free,
although you must register to use Gramofile.
From the Mallorca area of Spain comes the Serafino Trio, a group seeking
concerts worldwide. The trio's cellist and webmaster, David Runnion asks
you to visit their new
website and to let them know what you think. I think it's a very impressive
site - very informative, and with some wonderful pictures, and I'm waiting
eagerly for the promised MP3 files and the 'triocam'.
A new site dedicated to the memory of conductor Pierre Monteux has been created - correction: is
being created (since the first thing you see are the words 'under construction').
Ira Kraemer (who was a conducting student of Monteux in the USA, and who
has built this site) describes the site as containing 'unusual and rare
items of interest for your viewing and enjoyment'. A useful section contains
two high resolution publicity photos.
The Prism Saxophone Quartet, one of America's foremost chamber ensembles,
has announced its new
website, containing information about its recordings, concerts and repoertoire,
and asks us to drop by. I just did, and I've been reading all about the
'William Bolcom Concerto commissioning project', and looking at an amazing
range of repertoire, including lots of music by the Quartet's tenor sax
player, Matthew Levy.
Amazing Music World
A new online sheet-music publishing business has been launched: Amazing Music World.
The system allows you to download and print music immediately, and they
have a list of twelve pieces available free, so you can try a download before
you buy anything. (You must register before downloading the free music).
Besides their sheet music catalogue, they provide software tools such as
the 'amazing metronome'.
In the United Kingdom, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall - home of the Hallé
Orchestra and performance base for the Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic
Orchestra - has a sexy new website giving all the usual details and listings, including
sections on the Marcussen organ and about the architecture of this prize-winning
concert hall, which opened in 1996.
The Stefan Wolpe Society's
website has an empty calendar of events for 1999, 2000 and 2001. If
you're programming music by Wolpe, please send them details. Other sections
of this website are not empty, though, and you'll find plenty of articles,
including a biography and a complete catalogue of published scores and recordings.
Singing, Vocals and Songwriting
A new singing,
vocals and songwriting page has appeared on André Oostercamp's
Composing, authoring, mastering, audio and video site - crmav.com. Besides
links to sites, newsgroups and mailing lists, this page has a kind of question
and answer guestbook. Visitors complete a form, asking a question which
is then published on the page, with an answer from Alfons Verreijt.
A short NetGuide article by Brian Kennedy entitled Symphony in URL Minor: A Guide to Classical Music Sites is
worth a look. If you know your way around the web, you'll probably have
seen most of these before, but there may be one or two new to you.
Copyright © Keith Bramich, October
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