Tuesday, May 10, 2011

EMI Great Artists of the Century on Spotify

"The mid-price series Great Artists of the Century celebrates the art and artistry of a roster of the most distinguished musicians of the 20th century and of the first decade of the 21st century.  Each release in Great Artists of the Century focuses on one eminent musician.

The CD offers a programme of important EMI recordings chosen to demonstrate the qualities and achievements of the featured artist, and major works in notable performances taken from EMI's vast and unique catalogue of great recordings.

The lavish packaging of Great Artists of the Century includes a striking cover photograph plus a facsimile of the artist's signature and new accounts of the artists' lives and assessments of their achievements by leading writers. The superb recordings have been transferred and, where appropriate, newly remastered from the original source materials (78s and tapes) by EMI's renowned team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios." - from EMI's mini site for this series.

Here's the Spotify playlist: EMI: Great Artists of the Century (603 tracks, total time: 2 days). Albums are arranged alphabetically by composer names. This playlist works better in Album view. Also check out this Amazon page for discography and reviews.

1 comment:

  1. Spotify has such a great collection of classical music now that I use it as my sole repository for all things music.
    As I'm abandoning iTunes, as I've stopped collecting CD's, I can't help but remember the threats we heard last year from Naxos and indeed EMI that they might withdraw from the internet lest they be better compensated.

    This was apparently supposed to have happened five months ago so they might have come to an agreement.

    Yet there is no transparency and that leaves us who are switching over to spotify in a precarious position.
    If we spend €120 a year and then lose our library that's a big issue, especially if you are a student or otherwise on a light budget.

    Not sure how to solve this but, if you are a long time subscriber, you ought to get a few albums in your playlists after a few months, if not as a compliment, then as at a bargain.