“This, as never before, is Beethoven for free – a gift to the world, just as he might have wished.” From Sunday, the BBC will broadcast Beethoven’s entire musical output over a six-day period, with all nine symphonies offered as free (and DRM-free) MP3 downloads. By doing so, critic Norman Lebrecht argues that the BBC Philharmonic’s cycle may become ‘the household version to computer-literate millions in China, India or Korea who have never heard of Karajan or Klemperer.’ What that might mean for the struggling classical recording industry is anyone’s guess.
Time for some time-shifted recording . . . .
[composed and posted with ecto]
Ooops: no need.
Symphonies 1 & 3 will be broadcast on Monday 6th June, and available to download from Tuesday 7th June to Monday 13th June. Symphonies 2, 4 & 5 will be broadcast on Tuesday 7th June, and available to download from Wednesday 8th June to Tuesday 14th June. Symphony 6 will be broadcast on Monday 27th June, and available to download from Tuesday 28th June to Monday 4th July. Symphony 7 will be broadcast on Tuesday 28th June, and available to download from Wednesday 29th June to Tuesday 5th July. Symphony 8 will be broadcast on Wednesday 29th June, and available to download from Thursday 30th June to Wednesday 6th July. Symphony 9 will be broadcast on Thursday 30th June, and available to download from Friday 1st July to Thursday 7th July.