Is it possible that we classical music lovers can put together a database of classical music liner notes? I'm not intending this to be a Napste-style violation of copyright law, but it can be done along the lines of SoundUnwound.
I've written elsewhere that it's a shame that liner notes are so undervalued in classical recordings. They can offer great insights into the character and background of pieces without burdening people with the weight of academic research. In the case of classical liner notes I find that the notes of the past tend to be better written than those that accompany today's new releases. They are meaty, detailed and clear, and they offer substantive and clear listening guides to the music.
I know there are challenges because these recordings are still in copyright, but many of these LP notes have never been published in the CD reissues. If we ever set up a database we could reach out to the labels to ask permission to include these notes. I think it's a shame they should lie in waste in this digital age. They can contain terrabytes if not exabytes of information about pieces and they can be interchangeable because they speak about the piece and can be used with any recording.
Will such a project be possible in this day and age? The Hyperion and Chandos labels have included PDF booklets on their sites, and at least they have demonstrated tit can work. Maybe Amazon could have a classical music guide on the model of SoundUnwound and maybe we could be in touch with Archive.org.
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