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Free Concerts, Downloads from Dutch Radio 4

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I found an awesome resource I want to share with you!

Radio 4 in The Netherlands has a website with a wealth of pre-recorded concerts that you can listen to for free online.  You can also listen to the station live.  The concerts typically feature world-renowned artists.

However, before you can get to the goodies, you have to deal with the cookies.  European law requires that you be informed if a site uses cookies, small bits of tracking code.  If you continue to use the website, you consent to the use of cookies.  Or you can click the green box (“Akkoord” [Agree]) to continue.  No personal information is collected by the site.  If you want to know more about what cookies are used and for what purpose, here is the station’s web page on cookie use.  Your browser should have a translate option available (try right-clicking).

Here is the page where the concert listings begin.  You can also filter the results by genre (in the blue box marked “Alle genres”, click the white down arrow to get a list by instrument or type of composition) or by era (in the blue box marked “Alle tijdperken”).  I believe the words should be discernible, even if you don’t speak Dutch.

Here is where you can find a list of composers featured in the concerts.

Here is where you can find a list of artists performing in the concerts.  This is an impressive list.

They also offer a weekly free download (you can find it on the Radio 4 home page).  This week the “Download van de week” is by Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3.  Sweet!  If you encounter difficulties with Google Chrome, try Internet Explorer or Firefox, they worked just fine. [Note: Download van de week has now apparently been discontinued; however, the concerts and podcasts remain.]

There is also an assortment of podcasts available, which is fantastic if you understand Dutch, or if you’re linguistically adventurous!

Luister Concerten! [Listen to the concerts!]

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