Classical Music Library

classical music library

“A breakthrough resource”  ‒ Best Reference Database of 2004, Library Journal 

"Highly recommended" ‒ CHOICE

"Academic libraries that support even small music programs should strongly consider subscribing." ‒ Reference Reviews

“Familiar and exotic labels blend in an impressive and remarkable list... Eminently searchable and browseable—this is the key to a good music service.” ‒ Reader’s Choice Award, Charleston Advisor

Classical Music Library is an award-winning, comprehensive streaming audio collection of classical music. It currently provides streaming access to more than 252,000 tracks, including almost 50,000 recordings from EMI, and is growing monthly as new recordings are added. 

The Most Comprehensive Audio Collection Available

Classical Music Library provides coverage in breadth and depth for classical music, and is relevant to a broad range of studies, including music history, music appreciation, music performance, analysis, and theory:

  • All major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avant-garde.
  • More than 25,000 unique classical works that can be browsed by composer and the results sorted by title, date of composition and genre. Unique access points to drive discovery for users.
  • More than 400 distinct instrument categories.
  • More than150 distinct classical genres and sub-genres.
  • Data on more than 10,000 individual composers and 100,000s of artists and ensembles.

The Highest Quality Publishing Partners

We work with a wide variety of organizations to ensure our collection incorporates the best recordings.

View a list of publishing partners.

The Greatest Artists

Here is a sample of the acclaimed performers that feature in our recordings:

  • Artists: Glenn Gould, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Itzhak Perlman Thomas Hampson, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Chang, Maria Callas, Julian Bream, Dinu Lipatti, Christa Ludwig, Sviatoslav Richter, Kiri Te Kanawa, Maxim Vengerov, Claudio Abbado, Olga Borodina, Ileana Cotrubas, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Radu Lupu, Karita Mattila, Margaret Leng Tan, Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zuckerman, and many more
  • Ensembles: The Eroica Trio, Les Arts Florissants, English Consort, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, The Tallis Scholars, King’s Consort, and many more.

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