Naxos Works Database includes brief biographies of over 4,000 composers and information about 67,000 works (mostly orchestral and chamber, but there’s quite a wide range covered). This will be particularly helpful for fact-checking dates of composition, writing program notes, checking approximate durations, and even helping plan programs. You can search many aspects of a piece, including instrumentation, duration, date of composition, composer’s country, and genre. So the next time you need to find a 5-10 minute German piece written in the 18th century that features mandolin, look no further than Naxos Works Database!
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.
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.
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?
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
Alexander Street Press is reporting that American Song is unavailable right now. They’re working on the technical magic and hope to have things running again soon. We apologize for the trouble!
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: http://maurice.bgsu.edu:80/record=e1000833 . 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.
We should have mentioned this earlier, but RILM is up and going again. Please let us know if you have any difficulties with it.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (hosted via EBSCO) is temporarily unavailable. OhioLINK and RILM technicians are working to restore it as you read this message, so hopefully it will be back soon!
Naxos Music Library has announced the addition of three new labels to its online streaming database:
Give them a listen when you get the chance!