Kick off your holiday season with a free download of selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, op.71, available courtesy of Alexander Street Press. You can grab the recording at this link: http://alexanderstreet.com/support-center/classical-music-library-free-download-week. Enjoy, and then impress, astound, and mystify your friends by name-dropping the Russian title, “Shchelkunchik”! The performance is by the Orchestre d’Etat du Palatinat Rhénan, and their recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 is also available at that link.
A free download of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, op.22, is available via Classical Music Library (Alexander Street Press), at this link. It will be available for download through March 2, 2010, and features a performance by pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha.
A free download of Scriabin’s “8 Etudes for Piano”, op.42, is being offered this week by Alexander Street Press/Classical Music Library. It’s available at http://alexanderstreet.typepad.com/music/, in a recording by pianist Nicole Afriat.
And, don’t be alarmed by the different spellings of Scriabin… I’m just using our standard spelling in CLIO here! It will sound just as good, and, did I mention, it’s free? Watch this space for periodic free downloads available from Classical Music Library and other sources.