University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra –  Also Sprach Zarathustra
Essential live recording of an essential classic. Quiet listening conditions apply 😉
University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra –  Design and Intent
Live recording of excellently performed classical music. Though not exactly hi-fi, the performance excels.
Kimiko Ishizaka –  The Open Goldberg Variations
Kickstarter-enabled public domain score and recording of a real classic. By raising over $23,000, she was able to have the original notes transcribed to a modern 58-pages score and, based on that, produce a high-quality recording of her interpreting the whole work on a not too shabby instrument in a not too shabby studio. All […]
Emanuel Salvador –  Selected Performances
Classic music it is. Violin and piano or orchestra, playing Debussy, Elgar, and Fiorini. Purely instrumental, the live recordings have much dynamic range, i.e. there are both quiet and LOUD moments. This release contains both traditional and contemporary music, as long as it’s violin.
Evan LE NY –  SpaceChem
Professional music producer releases soundtracks under Creative Commons licenses. Sounds like Jan Morgenstern (the composer of most Blender movie OSTs)? Yes, and there are more out there. Evan LE NY produces epic and orchestral soundscapes. The music on this release is featured in SpaceChem, an addictive indie puzzle game.
Galdson –  Roots
Galdson is a Spanish pianist I found on Jamendo. Usually, I find piano solo quite boring to listen to casually. However, some of his songs managed to attract me enough to keep this album. And I was rewarded: through repeated listening I found two songs which I would not like to miss in my collection […]
John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players –  The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Take some excellent musician, create a flawless recording of a classical evergreen composition and release the result under a Creative Commons license (BY-SA). Instant win – for all us listeners! The natural sounding mix has a nice, dry room acoustics, a cough once in a while in the background and the earned applause in the […]
Roger Subirana Mata –  Point of no return
Modern classical orchestra music. With electronic effects and beats. Furious rhythmic songs. Calm ballads with vocals. Cannot write. Whole sentences. Sorry. Honestly, composer Roger Subirana has done a great job here. As another reviewer put it: “A Jamendo must-have!”