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The world of classical music is indeed a world of its own. On one single page I can only draw your attention to a few subjects. You will find here some links of websites concerning major elements of classical music, with as usually my comments. For some part you will meet familiar names, but I will show some of my preferences, too. I have tried to mention only a few living musicians. In the section on composers I concentrate on websites with their music. At the bottom of this page I have put a number of more general sites for classical music which offer either more or link you to other sites, and often probably both will be the case.

Concert halls

This list mentions mainly concert halls that are famous for their acoustics and remarkable architecture. 

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Opera houses


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Orchestras

A number of orchestras performs on historical instruments or on modern copies of them, following old perfomance styles, too.

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Ensembles

Musical ensembles hold a special place in classical music. The Netherlands can point proudly to some important ensembles.

Of course ensembles do exist, too, for authentic performance practice, using old instruments and perfoming styles:

  • Van Swieten Society - the group of fortepianist Bart van Oort focuses on the Viennese classical composers Mozart, Haydn en Beethoven and their contemporaries
  • L'Archibudelli - a group featuring Anner Bijlsma on cello and Vera Beths on violin
  • Hesperion XXI - the former Hesperion XX, led by the Catalan gamba player Jordi Savall
  • Consortium Classicum - since many years clarinet player Dieter Klöckner presents 18th century chamber music

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Choirs

A number of chamber choirs reaches great heights:

Broadcasting companies tend to have permanent large choirs:

Church choirs cannot be left out of this survey, and for once I resist making comments:

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Classical radio

  • Radio 4, Hilversum - with the subdomain Concerthuis for listening online to concert recordings - the Dutch public broadcasting for classical music
  • Zaterdagmiddagmatinee - the Dutch radio has since 1961 a yearly series on Saturday afternoon live from the Amsterdam Concertgbouw
  • Concertzender - a Dutch commercial station for classical music
  • BBC 3 - do check also the BBC website on classical music
  • BBC Proms - the largest classical music festival of the world, with concerts in London, Manchester and other British cities
  • WDR 3 - a German broadcasting station at Cologne
  • Bayern 4 Klassik - classical music at the Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Klara - the Flemish public broadcasting for classical music

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Composers and compositions

You will find here some websites focusing on one particular composer, and more specificly on his music:

Of course more exists. The following sites can link you to more or they offer it themselves:

For music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance one should mention at least some specialised websites:

The Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales offers a free database for searching musical sources, mainly from the period 1600-1800; the database of RISM United Kingdom is now also online.

Some websites offer you a chance to listen to historical recordings. In particular the National Jukebox of the Library of Congress is worth visiting. The sound archives of the British Library are another interesting collection. The University of California at Santa Barbara has digitized 6,000 early cylinder recordings.

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Some other links

First a number of web sites on classical music in the Netherlands:

  • Nederlands Muziekinstituut, The Hague - a special library for Dutch music with an online catalogue and music publishing
  • De Kamervraag - the Dutch organisation for chamber music, bringing together musicians and venues
  • Muziek Centrum Nederland - the Music Centre Netherlands (MCN) promotes all kind of music in The Netherlands
  • Kunstfactor - a Dutch institute for amateur arts, including music
  • Utrecht Muziekstad - the web site for concerts in the historical churches of Utrecht, featuring five main series
  • Organisatie Oude Muziek - the series for historical performances which organizes also the Festival Oude Muziek
  • Koormuziek - a useful list in Dutch with sites for choir music, supported by several sister pages
  • Vocalweb - a Dutch web site on choir music
  • Europa Cantat XVII - this well known international choir festival took place in Utrecht, July 17-26, 2009
  • Audio-Muziek - a Dutch site on audio equipment and recordings of classical music
  • Sequenza21 - a weblog on music of the 21th century
  • ComponistenNet - a useful Dutch web site for quick information on classical composers, including useful links

If you still want to see more, please look at these rich link collections:

I would like to point also to the following web sites which I do like myself :

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