Hi-res Streaming Service — Primephonic is presenting a unique offering of lossless-only classical music—no lossy compression allowed! They have a growing library, featuring over 200 labels, including those oft-reviewed here at Audiophile Audition — Naxos, Pentatone, HM, Chandos, Channel Classics. That, along with the several thousand recording artists, makes a rich portfolio for any audiophile. My own investigation of niche areas in their digital shelves revealed offerings of great breadth and depth.
Summer Classical Music Festivals — Given the fair number of followers of this site outside of North America, it is worth noting the myriad of music festivals through throughout Europe and beyond. While many of these host operas—ranging from the classics to those quite contemporary—there are other offerings as well. A light sampler—from Finland, the Savonlinna Opera Festival (performed in the famous Olavinlinna Castle, premiering a new opera The Castle in the Water) and the Vantaa Festival (early music, period instruments, Bach, Byrd, Tallis…); in Warsaw the BA..CHopin and his Europe Festival (keyboard, chamber music, symphonic literature); in the UK the Glyndebourne festival (classical and contemporary operas); France’s Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (opera, chamber music, vocal concerts), to name but a few.
Streaming Classical Music Shows — There are many “radio shows” which one can hear through the ‘Net. In addition to The Music Treasury, hosted by Gary Lemco at Stanford University, another one of note is Edmund Stone’s syndicated show, The Score.
This week, The Music Treasury is featuring as guest Leslie Gerber from Parnassus Records; it can be heard on Sunday from 19:00 to 21:00 (PDT): http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/
The Score is broadcast from the All Classical in Portland Oregon, and can also be found on other public stations. In Portland, it airs Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 (PDT): http://www.allclassical.org/