Brompton’s Auctioneers Makes Available Free Downloads Of Classic Recordings From The Greats, Including Menuhin, Heifetz And Oistrakh
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Auction house’s plans to bring specialist information and recordings to the public.
Brompton’s, the esteemed auction house, and the only one in the country to specialise exclusively in the sale of fine musical instruments, has made available for free download a large number of classic recordings by the undisputed greats of the string world.
Reading like a ‘who’s who’ of the definitive string players of the 20th Century, over a day’s worth of high quality, re-mastered recordings from the likes of David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo Casals and Jascha Heifetz are all now available to download and keep from www.bromptons.co/music-library.html
Repertoire highlights include the Elgar Cello Concerto performed by Casals, the Beethoven Violin Concerto recorded by Menuhin, and the Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Kreisler. Providing a genuine resource for everyone from music-lovers and amateur musicians to professional performers, listeners have the opportunity to compare classic recordings from the masters; two recordings by Jascha Heifetz of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto are available from opposite ends of the artist’s performing career, while performances of the Elgar violin concerto are available by various artists, including Albert Sammons, as conducted by Henry Wood. The website is also branching out beyond the string world by featuring classic recordings from major artists including Alfred Cortot with the complete Chopin Ballades.
Despite being founded only four years ago, Brompton’s has already broken multiple world records for sales and is the country’s number one auction house for string instruments, selling more than Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in terms of volume and value. It is now the first and only auction house to make recordings available via its website, a move which represents an important step in its plans to share specialist information and knowledge with its growing audience. Brompton’s recently made available via its website the ‘Reference Library,’ an exceptional and comprehensive tool to research instrument sale prices from over 26,000 auction results, compare and examine instrument photographs in high detail, and explore the wealth of information found in its online library of books, biographies and articles. Visitor numbers to the website have already increased tenfold.
James Buchanan of Brompton’s, comments, “We’re very excited to be entering into this next phase in the evolution of Brompton’s. As well as being the leading auction house for stringed instruments, we are democratising information and resources by offering recordings to music fans and opening up our extensive reference library – all for free. This transparency allows us to forge a close relationship with our existing as well as future clients."