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Our accompaniments are not the recordings of a real orchestra, but are recorded using software sampling technique. The scores are first digitalized and then each note of each instrument is digitally linked (sampled) to real sound of the corresponding particular instrument. The orchestral samples we use were recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra. All samples were painstakingly recorded using the best equipment by top engineers recording an array of dynamics, articulations and performance techniques.

On our site you can purchase and download orchestra accompaniments for classical songs in mp3 format. These can then either be played on your computer, burned onto CD or transferred to an iPod or anywhere. Of course, nothing can compare with the subtleties of real orchestra, but there are many situations where these tracks will prove invaluable – whether you are a student learning a new song, a professional preparing for forthcoming engagements or a teacher fed up with struggling at the piano whilst simultaneously trying to keep your ears on the student’s singing! 

Most of songs are available in more than one key, but can easily be transposed to any key of your choice. Concerning the tempo we have consulted benchmark recordings of the songs and tried to choose fairly average tempi to cater for all tastes. We have tried to avoid excessive sentimentality in terms of the performances and have endeavoured to be as faithful as possible to the composer’s intentions. 

We make additions to our collection every week. If however you cannot find what you are looking for, do let us know as we are very happy to prepare special requests and we also welcome feedback on any aspect of our recordings. 

We hope that you enjoy using virtualorchestra.eu!

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