Spotify is an excellent service, making tons of great (and many more tons of not so great) music instantly available. It’s even better now that I’ve upgraded to Spotify Premium, avoiding commercials and the countless and increasingly irritating messages from Jonathan. However, when it comes to the availability of recordings there’s been something lacking the whole time: Universal Music has been reluctant to unlock its vault of classical music. They sit of the archives of Decca, Philips, and Deutsche Grammophon which would add significant value to a Spotify subscription.
Now Universal’s policy seems to have changed and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Spotify had made available a few recordings from Decca. Then I did some investigation and found that recordings from DG and Philips are available as well. Not many, but several interesting ones.
So, for christmas, you can relax with Carmignola’s Concerto Italiano, Mullova’s 5 Violin Concertos by Vivaldi, Marriner’s The Four Seasons and Orchestral Works by Vaughan Williams, Uchida’s new recordings of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24, her Schubert solo piano music, and her Mozart piano sonatas, Dorati’s complete Haydn symphonies, Chailly’s Shostakovich Jazz Album, Lewis’s take on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Britten’s Peter Grimes and War Requiem, Jansen’s Beethoven & Britten Violin Concertos, Haitink and Ashkenazy’s Brahms concertos, Ashkenazy Duets, Argerich and Freire’s Salzburg duets with a spectacular performance of Rachmaninov’s symphonic dances, Alfred Brendel’s Farewell Concerts, Karajan’s 1963 Beethoven symphony cycle and a Brahms cycle (1-3 from the 70s and No. 4 from the 80s), Lang Lang’s take on Chopin’s piano concertos, Glass’ score for Notes on a Scandal, or Willcock’s Miserere by Allegri. With this selection I wish you a merry musical christmas!