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.