Access to Individual Classical Music Library and DRAM Streamed Audio Recordings Now Available in Library Catalog

I’m delighted to report that we now have records in the online catalog for the individual streaming audio recordings in DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) and a good number from the Classical Music Library (we are loading these bibliographic records as they are supplied by the producer of this resource, Alexander Street Press). You no longer have to go only to these electronic resources themselves to find the recordings but can use the Princeton Library catalog, with all the title, composer, and subject access points you’d expect. Plus these streamed recordings will now come up when you perform routine searches in the catalog for recordings. This enhanced access will make these streamed recordings so much easier to find and use–you should be able to click directly from the bibliographic records to the actual sound files by clicking on the Electronic access link. You still need to go to Long View to see all the pertinent information about the recording, but the link is visible in the brief display.

REMINDER, if connecting to these recordings via the catalog from off campus, you’ll need to have your VPM Princeton authorization running in the background for the electronic access to open to the streaming audio from the catalog records.

Here are a couple of examples:

DRAM recording sample–click here.

If you want to see all 2,073 DRAM streamed recordings now accessible from the catalog, scroll down the Long View to the DRAM (Online service) link under Related name(s) and just click. Voila! You can also click here.

Classical Music Library recording sample–click here (or enter a series title search for classical music library as a phrase). You will see this number grow steadily as Alexander Street Press makes more and more bibliographic records available for us to download into the catalog.

To link directly to these streaming audio resources (you must have VPM running if trying this from off campus), click on the following:


Classical Music Library 

Stay tuned–we hope to have similar types of catalog records for the content in the Naxos Music Library available soon.

Happy listening,


Mendel Library Acquires First CDs in Music of the Concentration Camps Set

The first six CDs in the important new release KZ Musik: Encyclopedia of Music Composed in Concentration Camps (1933-1945) are now available under the call no. CD 31800–click these links to see catalog records for each of the CDs (select long view to see full descriptive information such as the contents notes and performers) :

This series, released by Musikstrasse in Rome, Italy, and supervised by pianist, organist, and conductor Francesco Lotoro,  will comprise 24 CDs upon completion in three years and represents the most comprehensive recordings of music produced by victims of the Holocaust to date. A brief comment (by Lotoro?) on the case of each CD, with the English much edited, reads:

All the musical works originate from imprisoned composers and musicians in Aushwitz, Birkenau, Buchenwald, Theresienstadt, and other concentration camps. They represent one of mankind’s most important preserved heritages of the unique history of the tragedy of the deportations and the human catastrophe of the Shoah–the remembrance as a DNA of the history.

The CD notes provide this overview:

KZ Musik is the most up-to-date and complete CD encyclopedia of musical works composed by musicians imprisoned in the camps between 1933 (when Dachau and Börgermoor operned) and 1945. These works range from operas and symphonies to chamber, instrumental and piano music, from Lieder, choral pieces and cabaret songs to jazz, religious, traditional and folk music –as well as fragments and pieces reconstructed after the end of World War II. The composers were imprisoned, deported, murdered–some even survived–but all were of different national, social and religious backgrounds. They suffered their different fates in prison, transit and labour camps, concentration and death camps, POW camps (Oflags specifically for officers, and Stalags for non-commissioned military personnel) and military prisons: during the Third Reich, in Italy, Japan and the Republic of Salò, under the Vichy regime and other Axis powers–and in Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and other Allied countries. KZ Musik is the result of the extensive musicological research carried out by Italian pianist and conductor Francesco Lotoro. Each KZ Musik CD booklet contains information about the different camps the recorded works were written in, interesting facts about the composers and their works as well as brief remarks and original language lyrics in the case of choral and vocal works.

More about this release can be found on the Musikstrasse Web site (click here). Be forewarned, however, that the English is garbled. Those who read Italian may wish to click on the Italian-language option.