Classical cd shop links
This is a mix of sites that we recommend for having a broad or rare selection and sites and record labels that offer the possibility to prelisten tracks.
A shop specialized in online downloads.
The biggest shop on internet with a large classical collection. From some tracks you can listen the first 30 seconds.
Start with clicking on "Switch to English at the top". You can listen to a few complete cd's and many sample tracks of this music shop at 24-48kbps wma.
You can pre-listen many of the Naxos cd's (registration required: 20 kbps asx files). With a free subscription you can listen a quarter of each track. With a paid subscription (about $20,- a year) the complete tracks.
A record company that embraces the internet. You can listen to many complete cds at 128kbps. Streaming audio only.
Baroque Music Club
They sell a lot of Bach and baroque cds. On their listening pagse you can listen to two hours of fragments (typically 1:30) of cds at 64kbps.
A record label that offers you to pre-listen many of the tracks in realaudio (44 kbps).
Hyperion Listening Room
Around 700 soundsamples from Hyperion cd's. They are usually complete tracks at 128 kbps mp3 or realaudio. Streaming audio only.
A record label with quite a lot of tracks on its listen page.
Ars Antiqua - Mikrokosmos
No online samples here. Mikrokosmos offers each month a list that contains thousands of rare classical LPs (and 78s).
This is large database (250.000) of old recordings. You can search on keywords and get a list of recordings, but the crucial information (label and label nr.) is only displayed for paying members.
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