French Media Platform France Musique Launches Its Own English-Language Site
In recent years, France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide.
The main purpose of francemusique.com is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to 'listen from beyond the borders'.
Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!
As a preview, and with the upcoming World Cup, why not learn more about the many links between music and football? Czech Point "Half Time" by Bohuslav Martinu, 'Shostakovich the football fan', 'Football players with composers' names' and 'The history of the anthem You'll Never Walk Alone'.
The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.
The database includes performances by France's top ensembles, including the National
Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children's Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.
The seven themed radio stations include 'Easy Classical', 'Classical Extra', 'Jazz', 'Radio France Concerts', Radio France's own record label 'Ocora World Music', 'Contemporary' and 'Film Music'.
Marc Voinchet, Director of France Musique, says: "We wanted to invite people from around the world to discover for themselves the full extent of our rich music catalogue. Francemusique.com offers concerts recorded at the Radio France Auditorium, musical sessions in our studios in Paris, a gallery of knowledge and musical practices, and seven fantastic online radio stations - we simply didn't want to keep it all to ourselves anymore!"