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By benny (on 04/12/2008 @ 18:23:36, in Interviews)

The American music web magazine has just released an interview to Alessandro Simonetto, founder of OnClassical. The interview, conducted by Matthias Roeder, focuses on issues related to the advantages of publishing on and the future music online. Your recording label OnClassical distributes its recordings solely via the internet. The music can be downloaded in .wav format without any copy protection (DRM-free). What brought you to this unusual business model?

Alessandro Simonetto: I have always thought that trust in the buyer is a great way to get respect from them. In this sense the philosophy of Creative Commons was a pleasant discovery and confirmation, so that control no longer depends on such entities as the royalty societies and other authorities, but on the artists themselves. With respect to OnClassical, it also means replacing the interest of the many (very often these are small record labels, agents, or producers) with the interest of the individual, because the interests of the many limits the artist in every way. So, in the end, it is the artist who benefits the most.

You may read the whole piece here.

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By @les (on 11/11/2008 @ 16:56:26, in Conferences & Exhibits)

Next 29-30 of November OnClassical will be present at the Meeting of Independent Labels 2008 / AudioCoop. "The OnClassical collection": the CD's collecting our best recordings for each instrument, will be available at no charge (free offer).

We posted an event on our new facebook: here.

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By @les (on 25/10/2008 @ 17:10:35, in Arrivals!)

A new wonderful and very clear album is now available on Sándor Szabó & Kevin Kastning - Resonance.

Resonance, Kevin’s 2007 release with guitarist Sandor Szabo, was voted as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2007 by The Perfect Sound magazine. In October 2004, Kevin was voted Artist of the Month by the 13th Fret, the world’s largest acoustic guitar forum. In November 2007, Yankee Magazine stated, Kastning is a pioneer in modern acoustic guitar composition.

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By @les (on 21/09/2008 @ 15:58:50, in Announcements)

The new OnClassical recording studio is located at our new home in the quite and ventilated town of Pove del Grappa, two-steps away from Bassano (Vicenza, N.E. Italy) at the foot of mount Grappa.

Our new home (rear)

Unlike other studios, which are often dry and expressionless, this studio (with a main room of c. 25 m2 * 3) has been designed by me with a system of outer empty rooms that amplify the sound and color it as a natural sound board. A simple system of mobile tents also diversifies the answer in reverb.

Our new harpsichord built on famous 1638 Ruckers model.

In addition to hi-fi for playback (with Dynaudio and Triangle speakers), I make available to performers two music instruments: a Bluethner grand piano (1952) and a new two-keyboard harpsichord, a Flemish model built above Ruckers (Antwerp, 1638) by William Horn.

The study was designed to serve as a music hall and, at the same time, to record especially solo harpsichord and chamber music.

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By @les (on 23/07/2008 @ 17:38:19, in Arrivals!)

Two new albums and others will be coming very soon at The first one is a quasi-unique performance of the String Quintets by Brahms op. 88 & 111. The chamber music written by Brahms includes only two string quintets and here they are being proposed by the Sandro Materassi ensemble: a very energic group that includes some of the most notable and virtuoso musicians of Italy, such as Alberto Bologni (violin), Danilo Rossi (viola) and Mauro Valli (cello), and also Grazia Serradimigni (II violin) and Olga Arzilli (II viola). The captured sound on this CD is also excellent and reminds one of the real ambient of an old Cascina in the Piacenza region.

The second album is for Franz Liszt as played by the Italo-American excellent poetical pianist Roberto Poli. Liszt composed the second part of his "Années de Pèlerinage" between 1837 and 1849 on his trip to Italy when he came to know our artistic wonders (Raffaello, Michelangelo) and the poems by Dante and Petrarca. So which music and performance could be more inspired than this?


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By @les (on 23/07/2008 @ 15:51:31, in Artists)

"Many tiny stories. Played in Vicenza night, merged in the acustic perfection of the Olimpico, played by the “ballad-singer” Marco Tezza, focused on his dreamy effort.

There is nothing more recognizable than the popular soul. And this is Romantic Germany, nowhere to be found, lost. Marco Tezza, the story-teller, has played "Ein Choral", with suspended hands, wrapped up in velvet. And he was upright, nearly far from the keyboard, being a pianist who usually seems to penetrate with his entire body the wires, the hammers and the felts of that prodigy called piano."

Bepi de Marzi (translated text from "Il Giornale di Vicenza")

To see also: Marco Tezza at the Olimpic Theatre in Vicenza.

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Starting last month we lengthened the period of time to download your purchased music from 10 days to 99 days. So all music purchased even 3 months ago may be redownloaded at:

We also implemented a function to download with no cookies activated or cookies deleted. On the page you will find a box and some easy instructions to follow...


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By @les (on 17/03/2008 @ 13:45:52, in Alessandro Simonetto)

Recently one MIDI file from, and... played by me, has been posted as a demo for the organ samples produced by the OrganArtMedia a German house.

This is just another success after the 2005 collaboration with the other sample house, the Milan Digital Audio.

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By @les (on 14/03/2008 @ 21:25:43, in Variĉ)

As you may know, last January we put online a free album, the OnClassical collection, which includes our best recordings for each instrument (piano, violin, harpsichord, and choir...). Even if our full-quality catalogue (in .wav files - not the previews of course) is covered by the traditional copyright, this unique album has been totally covered by the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA here included the master-files in .wav format. This CD has also been printed in 1000 copies. You may request a copy of the CD at 8 euros (+ shipping) to us directly at:

ONCLASSICAL by A.Simonetto
c/o Via Ca'Petofi 13
36022 Cassola, Vicenza
ITALY - Europe

Ph. (00)39 339 3162931
Fax. (00)39 0424 533137

However since we have not already published the full tracks on the website we thought it would be nice to have the tracks in good mp3 quality (and .wav quality too) on some free sites and we choose Jamendo, Jamglue and On Jamendo you may download our music at a very good quality (192 kbps min.) In our humble opinion, this is a very cool site where "artists allow anyone to download and share their music". The second site - Jamglue - is more recent (born in 2006) and is intended as a point of reference for whoever wants to mix (pop and disco) music. Maybe our classical music does not fit in so well here not fit in so well here, but we thought we'd give it a go. These two sites use Creative Commons in their business plan. Finally is a web radio that "tracks what you listen to, learns what you like, gives you personal top charts and new music to discover".

For last we remind you that you may put all our previews, without further permissions, on other free websites, P2Ps, webradios, personal page... just remember to quote us and the artists with a link to their page at

Below: Francesco M. Geminiani- Allegro in F major; the file is a 192 kbps of c. 4 mbytes in size: it will takes some minutes to download.

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By @les (on 10/03/2008 @ 23:29:35, in

Just a few lines about the recent article on published at You may read it at:

I like to thank Cameron (Parkins) for his precious interest.

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By @les (on 17/12/2007 @ 09:17:16, in Variĉ)

Here a (partial) list of weblogs and websites I found that talk about us. This is very impressive considering that we are pratically doing what we do since July 2007. Thank you to all!

Other important articles or posts about us may be found at: (the list is not updated yet).

Blogs talkings about us:

Blogs / Sites quoting us:,cat_view/gid,35/limit,5/limitstart,0/order,hits/dir,DESC/,com_joomlaboard/Itemid,52/func,view/id,434/catid,12/

Very interesting is what these last say:

As a response to your message inciting users to look for new alternatives I searched the web to look for legal ways to gain copyright protection and at the same time contribute to the free culture in the digital world.

In class we talked about Lessing and his book "free culture". Lawrence Lessing is also the creator of a non-profit organization called Creative Commons. Creative Commons offers really liberal copyright agreements that permits artists to license their works for free use. The artist then uses the creative commons portal as a database to post their works. The database contains movies, music, soundtracks and written articles.

At first this idea may sound a bit obscure, but sites like Wikipedia (a non-legal source) use creative commons licensing agreements for the authors that post the information. Wikipedia has become for many users an alternative for acquiring general background info (though sometimes unreliable) on a great deal of topics.

Another example of the Creative Commons agreements put to use is the online record label OnClassical. This record label share their profit shares 50/50 with their artists and, at the same time, they enjoy international recognition for the quality of its artists and performers.

I invite all of you to check out more info on the topic on the website

It's very important how they compare us to WikiPedia and Creative Commons directly!

About the Festival della Creatività:

Other at WikiPedia / en:

Other (main) websites:
... and many others ...

Web researches / online reviews:

Recent posts: (about

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By @les (on 12/12/2007 @ 16:37:30, in

At we published the following article, regarding sheet music e-books at, maybe of your interest.

Why buy sheet music when we offer you the same for free?

Use your computer to begin creating an important library of music books. You can save 99% of your money to do this, and avoid the encumbrance of dusty books or new improvised editions. You can print and distribute all the copies you want, and perform the pieces in public, all without violating authors' rights, or fear of doing anything illegal.

CLASSICAland is a collection of sheet music books in digital format (e-books). The collection includes plenty of integral e-music books which you can download to your computer to use when and how you need. With CLASSICAland e-books:

  • you can have a good collection of the main classical music works (for piano)
  • you can have all the e-books of sheet music perfectly ordered on your computer
  • you can download and redownload music e-books whenever you wish from the website (no daily limits)
  • you can print only the piece you're studying so as not to waste paper and ink, or space
  • you can print as many copies as you wish of the music, give them to your scholars, friends, colleagues...
  • you can have at your disposal historical and trustworthy musical editions (not new improvised editions which often contain many errors)


  • you do not have to pay authors' rights to anyone if you desire to perform any of the pieces publicly
  • you save lots and lots of money by not buying sheet music books (read more) - and it helps to save trees
  • you are acting in a perfectly legal way according to modern day technological methods

Start now to download quality sheet music books for free in the measure of 2 files/day or subscribe for only 15 euros (no monthly or annual automatic renewal) to start downloading sheet music e-books with no time limits and help us in maintaining this important resource! Read all other many and many benefits to become member of our site!

Please also read:
how to download files and how much you'll effectively pay the collection...

So what are you waiting for? Do you want to keep on throwing away your money to buy the same books for absurd prices?

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By @les (on 08/12/2007 @ 19:45:01, in Recordings)

Two different recordings of the same event!

Gianluca Luisi

The year 2005 saw the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration with Gianluca Luisi: the fruits being 5 albums which were completed at Turin on the 12th July 2007.

Keep you eyes open for the imminent release of: Partitas by Bach (2 CDs), Chopin's 4 Scherzos and a Piano Recital containing virtuoso transcriptions. Mr. Luisi recently recorded the complete Well Tempered Clavier (4 CDs) and new albums are in program under the OnClassical label.

Now you may enjoy the first CD of the Italian pianist: Mozart's Late Sonatas in (1) (2) different versions reproducing the same recording but using different microphones (AKG mics. vs Neumann mics.)!

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By @les (on 01/12/2007 @ 08:53:19, in Interviews)

Eric Steuer and Cameron Parkins, staff of Creative Commons, has now just published the interview released for the official Creative Commons!

I would like to thank them for the opportuny given to OnClassical. I am really proud to be in such an important section that they call "The Commoners".

The interview's link:

Here a pic of the today Creative Commons home page!

OnClassical at Creative Commons - The Commoners!

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By @les (on 27/11/2007 @ 20:55:03, in Arrivals!)

In reference to the previous blog posted the 23rd November 2007 we announce that the Don Kosaken Chor Wanja Hlibka has alighted at with their only available album: The Russian world.

We are simply honoured to host this group, and we hope that you too might feel the full impact of their expressive force and the historical sense.

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By @les (on 24/11/2007 @ 17:34:29, in Creative Commons)

Creative Commons (also CC) provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from All Rights Reserved to Some Rights Reserved. (read more and more... about Creative Commons.

Help support CC by putting the below widget on your website, blog, or social network!

Creative Commons Corporation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation incorporated in Massachusetts and having a business address at 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3013. A copy of CC’s latest financial report is available at

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By @les (on 24/11/2007 @ 16:11:48, in Artists)

We have recently received a lot of new CDs of classical, jazz and other music. We thank you for thinking of us, however, please let me point out a few important things that we require before we can include music on our site.

Recordings you send should be:
1. good-quality (that means excellent quality) recordings;
2. not live recordings (as live recordings are often noisy or contain wrong notes...);
3. (preferably) recordings with coherent programming

If your recording and performance are to our interest we will then contact you and send you a free and non-exclusive agreement to sign. You will have no fees - never at any moment - to enroll at

For any queries, contact me here, but please note above all that we are searching for classical and countemporary music or jazz artists (cross over may be also evaluated).

To conclude you must not have signed any exclusive agreement with any record label or any kind of authors' society. OnClassical has no relationship with any of these.

Read also:

or, if you wish request us to see a copy of our agreement.

The address where you may send the recordings (only in .wav original format - not derived from mp3s or compressed files) is:

ONCLASSICAL by A.Simonetto
c/o Via Ca'Petofi 13
36022 Cassola, Vicenza

Many thanks!

Alessandro Simonetto

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By @les (on 22/11/2007 @ 15:12:44, in Videos)

A video for our enjoy!

See the show at (you may comment it, share it...).

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By @les (on 15/11/2007 @ 17:17:39, in Arrivals!)

Don Kosaken Chor is a male folk ensemble from the cold Russia. For more than 50 years the choir travelled throughout the world with Sergej Jaroff enjoying incredible success. At the time, the group recorded with no less than Deutsche Grammophone (I've been able to buy such an LP at an antiques market in Piazzola sul Brenta [near Padua]). This morning I found this 1930 documentary at YouTube...

Since 1991 the group is conducted by Wanja Hlibka, who at the time was one of its soloists (and in fact, all the members of the Don Kosaken Chor are amongst the greatest solosists that Russia has ever provided).

I have personally been to four of their concerts and I must admit I was extremely impressed. It was like standing before monuments, and the vibration was such that the dynamics were at the limits of tolerance (90 db), with intervals that cover extensions of over 4 and a half octaves (this is absolutely great on a sole male choir!), the organ sounds produced soft tones alternated with folkloristic effects so typical of Russia.

Don Kosaken Chor Wanja Hlibka

This post just to tell you that the only CD they ever recorded (as a dedicated recording not a live concert) will be soon available at I am simply honoured to publish this group and I hope it will be the first of a series of famous vocal groups. A big thank you goes to the manager of the Kosaken Chor, Birgit Sziele, who has followed and supported since 2003!

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By @les (on 15/11/2007 @ 16:30:13, in Arrivals!)

We have just released a new virtuoso artist: Pierre Feraux is a young virtuoso pianist who studied at the Royal Conservatory of Mons. He also graduated with top marks from the Queen Elizabeth College of Music (Waterloo, Belgium).

OnClassical's new featured artist: Pierre Feraux

Pierre has received many other prizes and awards in piano competitions: he has won the Andrée Charlier Piano Competition, the National Pro Civitate Competition, the Excellentia Piano Competition, and the J. Musiciens Contest.

In the album released at he performs the Liszt Sonata in b minor - for which he received a Special Award at the Royal College of Music from which he recently graduated. He then proposes Haydn's Sonata... and the Brahms' Variations op. 24. The pathos demonstrated leaves no space for doubts or technical imprecision: Feraux is a mature artist able to expess his musical thought without a glimpse of uncertainty.

Other new release: our first album compilation.

The OnClassical compilation

This is a collection of the best recordings for each instrument already present on It's a good start to begin listening to our catalogue and quality.

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