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    ARIA Popular Classical Music

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Here are links to sites that can provide helpful information to classical music enthusiasts and researchers.  Please let us know if there is a site that you find very helpful and which we should share with our other visitors.

 

WebsiteDescription
A Classical DiscographyAn excellent reference site with information about recordings, primarily between 1950 - 1979, and being added to all the time.
Classical ArchivesAn extraordinary collection of over 1 million classical music tracks, plus information about composers and assorted other data.
Classical Music Reviews - Bernard Michael O'HanlonAn incredibly idiosyncratic and often ascerbic reviewer of classical music recordings, writing from Melbourne, Australia.

Great fun to read and laugh at, with some sensible criticism and commentary wrapped up inside of it, too.

Note - this is a public Facebook group, not a website.
Classical Music SentinelAnother site with excellent reviews of recorded classical music..
Good-Music-GuideA somewhat simplistic site with not as much content as some of the others, but maybe that's a good thing if you're looking for "somewhere to start".
Music Web InternationalAn encyclopaedic site with 58,000 reviews of recordings of classical music and some excellent very detailed analytical comparisons of differing versions of the same work.
NaxosA helpful website with good reference material on most of their recordings.
Pristine ClassicalAn outstanding source of extraordinarily restored historic recordings featuring great performances, great conductors, and great soloists, dating all the way back to "ancient" 78s, and including some more modern stereo LP recordings too, all available for download in high quality FLAC format.
Russian-Records.comA slightly puzzling site that is hard to use, and which doesn't actually have anything like every Russian recording in its files, but which might be occasionally helpful to an assiduous researcher trying to discover something obscure.

Note that it covers all recordings, not just music.
Strike the Right NoteA great website with lots of interesting and intelligent articles about classical music, written by a music teacher close to the DFW metroplex.

Among other resources is a great calendar of musical events and significant dates in history.
Talk ClassicalAnother of the enormous sized forum type classical music sites claiming to have over 2.5 million posts since it started in 2004.

Hopefully one doesn't need to read them all!
Watson RecordsA company located in Dundee (Scotland) that specializes in classical records - lps and CDs, plus older hi-fi equipment too.

Some of their recordings are very rare and collectible, others more commonplace. An interesting place to browse through and "window shop" and maybe to occasionally treat oneself to something as well!

 

 

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