The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has jumped on the digital download bandwagon and launched a subscription download site which links to nearly 60,000 recordings.
The site is the result of a new business partnership between the RSNO and Classical World, which runs website www.classical.com, an online retailer of classical tracks, according to The Herald of Glasgow.
Visitors to www.rsno.classical.com will be able to access rare recordings of performances conducted by Alexander Gibson and Neeme Järvi as well as recordings from 40 music labels. Simon Woods, chief executive of the RSNO, believes the orchestra is the first to offer access to such a large online resource, according to the paper.
Live streaming of concerts and new recordings may also be added soon to the service, which costs around £8 per month. The price includes unlimited streaming of all audio tracks and up to eight downloads per month.
The RSNO's recordings, which include Dvorák and Prokofiev symphony cycles conducted by Järvi, a former RSNO music director, and the complete works by Samuel Barber, are widely respected. Rare recordings include Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, conducted by Gibson, the founder of Scottish Opera.