Databases of the week: streaming audio and video

October 8, 2019
Ray Heigemeir
Anatomy of the human ear

Ray Heigemeir, Public Services Librarian at the Music Library, recommends the following to stick in your ear and wrap your eyeballs around.




  • Naxos Music Library streams 146,000 discs with a whopping 2,233,000 tracks of classical music, and the new interface makes navigation easier than ever.  All albums are also linked in to SearchWorks.  Browse new releases, recent additions, categories, people, and labels. Create an account and make playlists and tag favorites. Apple and Android apps are available for listening on the go. 


  • Classical Music Library, part of the Alexander Street suite of digital content, offers 76,000 discs with 1,223,000 tracks. There are various browse categories. Alexander Street Press provides a global search function to cover all databases in our subscription package. 


  • DRAM is an odd name for a mesmerizing collection of contemporary and experimental music. Milton Babbitt, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, … the list goes on.


  • ’s high-quality video streams include live events and archived performances.  See Verdi’s La Traviata from the Opéra nationale de Paris (September 28) or the Zubin Mehta celebration from Tel Aviv (October 5), or catch the limited-time replays of Kent Nagano and Valery Gergiev. Ballets, master classes, documentaries, and more.


  • Met Opera on Demand offers 450 opera performances, including this year’s productions of Die Walküre, La Fille du Régiment, and Carmen.  Yes, direct from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center!




  • Naxos Music Jazz offers 17,000 discs in an easy-to-use interface. All of your favorite composers and performers can be found there, from the early masters to contemporary players (note the selections by Stanford Visiting Artist Joshua Redman).  There is also an eclectic mix of non-jazz genres including offbeat pop/rock albums, film soundtracks, and “relaxation music.”  


  • Riverwalk Jazz streams two channels of continuous early jazz programs from Jim Cullum’s Riverwalk Jazz Program archives, sponsored by Stanford’s Archive of Recorded Sound. Choose from dozens of themed programs, such as  “New Orleans Jazz Master : Sydney Bechet” or “The Last Picture Palace : A Tribute to the Historic Crest Theater.” 




  • Smithsonian Global Sound can take you on a musical trip around the world. Browse people, places, genres, cultural groups, and more. Sample some Tuvan throat singing or fishing songs from Tanzania or Soviet underground songs or gamelan music or washboard band performances. 


A list of all streaming databases is on the Music Library’s streaming page.