Elsewhere: Classical Music Roundup

Guest Post By: Brendan

As Autumn approaches, I find myself craving Classical music. Following are some valuable resources for finding free, legal Classical music online…

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been releasing chamber performances as free downloads for years, and have accumulated an impressive collection.

My current favorite from their collection is Schubert’s Winterreise with Randall Scarlata singing baritone accompanied by Jeremy Denk on piano:

Schubert’s Winterreise: Part 1 (mp3)
Schubert’s Winterreise: Part 2 (mp3)

This NPR recording from All Things Considered, in which the Winterreise song cycle is discussed, is a work of art in itself.

WGBH offers free Classical performance downloads. Composers recently featured include Brahms, Franck, Bach and Debussy.

My Mahler obsession has been reignited. The adagietto from his 5th Symphony is perhaps my favorite piece of music. There is a sumptuous version of it available from Brevard Music Center, conducted by NC Symphony’s Grant Llewellyn:

Brevard Music Ctr – Mahler’s 5th Symphony (mp3)

Several Mahler Symphonies and many other works are available as free downloads from The Peabody Institute.

And finally, another of my recent favorites, the Prelude to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, is among the works available from Columbia University.