Spotify is the best online music streaming service today, it's legal, fast, high quality, and its classical catalog is huge. It's available freely for residents of the UK and some other European countries, if you live outside those areas, here's how to get it.
I strongly recommend you to buy a premium after you get the free account, to support Spotify and the artists, get higher quality, and get rid of those advertisements that tell you there's a new Snoop Dogg album coming out in between your favourite Schumann's Fantasy in C's first two movements:)
Happy listening, and I will share the Spotify links to some of my favourite classical recordings as well as discoveries of exciting new contemporary music in this blog. Your suggestions, recommendations and any comment are much appreciated. ----------- Update: Check out the comments below for invite codes.
Update 2: New way to get invite codes. (Tested and working fine @ 2010 Feb.20th) Get a code from here and follow the steps at here if you live in a unspotified conutry.
Maybe everything that can be done HAS been done.
Maybe we are at a crossroads where art has exhausted itself as an imitation of life.
Maybe it is time, therefore, to allow life to become an imitation of art.
The art is in the living within our personal relationships: to reach out and touch another human soul as the great masters have touched us all.
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Greetings from the blogger
I am Chinese, 26 years old, have been listening to classical music for 6 years. I'm not a musician but work in the music industry, though one of my favourite quotes is Ives' "the birth of art will take place at the moment in which the last man, who is willing to make a living out of art is gone and gone forever."
In the beginning I saw the film Amadeus and was awed, then I began to build my collection started from Naxos' Mozart piano concertos. On my 20th birthday I got Bernstein's Mahler cycle with NYPO on Sony. Since then Mahler's nostalgia for a lost or never existed homeworld always moves me, you know that China is still going through the pain of a quick-paced modernization and I feel that things are changing so fast that it is almost impossible to identify myself with anything. Not many great classical concerts here in Beijing, last year I was lucky enough to attend Abbado's Mahler 4th and it will always be a very precious memory.
Recently I started to use the instant online streaming music service Spotify, it has a huge classical library, but it seems that very few people listen to classical on it. There are many Spotify playlist sharing sites, and many of them don't even have a classical section. So I started my own blog.
Besides the playlists I post, when I mention artists or recordings in the posts, most of the time I will link them to their Spotify ablums, so you can click through if you are interested.
I look forward to exchanging playlists and thoughts on classical music and other arts with you.