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New in Met Opera on Demand


If you haven’t checked out our subscription to Met Opera on Demand yet, now’s a great time because they’ve added some new content!

Last April’s Live in HD presentation of opera’s most popular double bill—Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci—is now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. The new production by Sir David McVicar stars Marcelo Álvarez in the lead tenor roles of both operas, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza and George Gagnidze as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Patricia Racette as Nedda and Gagnidze as Tonio in Pagliacci. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts. With this month’s new releases, all ten Live in HD presentations from the 2014/15 Met season are now available on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.

As an added bonus this month, a special documentary feature called “Live at the Met: From Stage to Screen” is also newly available. This incredible look at the preparation and production of a Live in HD cinema transmission takes you behind the scenes of the new Cav/Pag with the HD director, host, stars, and crew for an up-close view of the exciting process behind the Met’s extraordinary HD presentations.

Two new audio-only titles are also available:

Rusalka (Dvorák): radio broadcast recorded on 12/11/1993, conducted by John Fiore and starring Gabriela Benacková, Janis Martin, Stefania Toczyska, Ben Heppner, and Sergei Koptchak.

Peter Grimes (Britten): radio broadcast recorded on 12/31/1994, conducted by James Conlon and starring Renée Fleming, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Alan Opie.

New Resource – ACO: Music Data Analysis

Have you ever wanted to compare sales and charting data of recordings, but just didn’t have time to do all the number crunching from Billboard? Well, we now have a great alternative for you. ACO: Music Data Analysis collects charting data from those and dozens of other sources from all over the world to allow you to gather and compare charting performance of songs, albums, artists, and more.

screen shot of ACO home page

It also includes linking to articles in RILM and related popular music journals to connect you to additional content. Check out some case studies for just a couple of ideas of how this might be useful for you:

Popular Music and Celebrity Feminism: If 2013 was the year of the celebrity feminism, what kind of impact have so-called “feminist” musicians have on music buying trends in recent months and years?

Popularity across time – a video clip: fascinating finding that Bowie’s album in 2013 made the same impact as his Berlin Trilogy thirty five years ago (Low, Heroes, Lodger) in 1977-1979. Has society changed?

This is now linked from the Music Library homepage and in the library catalog. Let us know what you think!

New in American Song

Check out American Song for some new content! Specifically, Alexander Street Press tells us:

You will find 241 new albums (3,460 tracks) from Rounder Records and Air Mail Music, including new releases of bluegrass, zydeco, folk and Cajun music….

Example albums include:

*         Delirium Tremolos
*         Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs, Bluegrass Style
*         I’m a Zydeco Hog
*         Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers
*         The Best of Louisiana Music
*         The Art of Old Time Mountain Music

Trial to Met Opera on Demand going on now

We currently (until October 11) have a trial for Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. It includes:

Streaming video of more than 60 past performances from the Metropolitan Opera of New York’s Live in HD series, as well as more than 350 classic full-length video and audio performances. Includes multiple performances of more than 100 different operas featuring some of the greatest stars in the history of opera. New releases are added each month.

BGSU users may access it on campus or off at: . Please let Susannah Cleveland know what you think about the database! We can’t promise we’ll subscribe, but we’d love to hear your thoughts.

More new Naxos Music Library content

Last week, Naxos Music Library announced the addition of three new labels to the streaming audio database:

Naxos Music Library is proud to announce the addition of the Warner Classics, Teldec and Erato labels to its streaming audio collection. These immense catalogs include many great performances which have become the standard for their repertoire, such as the Barenboim Mozart Operas and Bayreuth Wagner Ring Cycle, the Harnoncourt Beethoven Symphonies and the José Serebrier Glazunov Symphonies and Concertos. On July2nd, more than 1,000 albums from these catalogs will be available on the Naxos Music Library with the remaining albums in the catalogs and new releases appearing over the coming months.

Dozens of legendary artists have called these labels home including Chanticleer, Chloë Hanslip, Nicolai Lugansky, Beaux Arts Trio, José Carreras, Sharon Kam, Kent Nagano, Cecilia Bartoli, Charlie Siem, Boston Camerata, John Eliot Gardiner and Mstislav Rostropovich among many others. Their performances are now available to subscribers of Naxos Music Library.