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1. About the Database

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. This ever growing collection includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera. We add repertoire according the MLA publication ‘A Basic Music Library’ to ensure Classical Music Library will include at least one recording of each work listed. We provide multiple recordings of most major works, to enable comparative listening. Classical Music Library also includes many works not in the MLA list, and is increasingly adding recordings by great performers and composers.

Content will be added on a regular basis, and exciting new materials will be highlighted on the home page, so please check back regularly for updates.

For a list of frequently asked questions about the transition from the old version of Classical Music Library to the new interface, please see our Transition Guide.

2. Acknowledgments

    At Alexander Street Press, the following people have been instrumental in the development of the collection:

  • Andrea Eastman-Mullins
  • Christina Chamberlain
  • Tom Christ
  • David Vaughn
  • Greg Knapp
  • Joanna Koslowsky
  • John Field
  • Liz Dutton
  • Paul Dixon
  • Roger Press
  • Tim Lloyd
  • Mike Wathen
  • Ziep Truong