An archive of 1,000 classical music recordings has been put online. The British Library Archival Sound Recordings project includes previously unheard concertos and sinfoniettas from composers such as Bach. There are also orchestral suites and concerti by Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.
The recordings are available to visitors to the British Library reading rooms and can also be accessed by the public at home. However music can only be streamed rather than downloaded.
The two-year project has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee, an offshoot of the education funding councils.
Now read about James Baker's story of recordings...