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Library of Congress puts up 10,000 Victor recordings from 1901–25 for streaming

May 12, 2011

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The Library of Congress has made more than 10,000 historic sound recordings available for the public to stream for free. Its new National Jukebox gives users access to recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. String music highlights include Kreisler performing the Intermezzo from Thaïs, Maud Powell playing Vieuxtemps’s op.38 Polonaise and Beatrice Harrison performing César Cui’s Orientale.

As well as listening to the recordings, users can see images of the individual record labels, and find out the date and place of recording, as well as other catalogue information.

Sony Music Entertainment, which owns the Victor recordings, has given the library free licence to stream them. More acoustical recordings from Sony-owned labels such as Columbia and OKeh, will be added in the future.

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