You can also use the catalog to find a recording of a particular piece. Suppose you are looking for a recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73, "Emperor." Go to the Libraries' home page at http://www.lib.ua.edu. Under Resources, click on Classic Catalog; then click on Advanced Search. In the first box, type "beethoven, ludwig van," and choose "as a phrase" and "Author" from the drop-down menu at the right. When searching for titles with generic names, such as concerto, symphony, sonata, etc. it is helpful to use a search term that is very specific to the piece you want. In this case, typing "op. 73" in the second box is a good way to identify this work. In the third box, type the word "compact," and, finally, in the "type" option, select the type of material for which you are looking. Click "Search" and you will see that the library owns several CD recordings of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto.
The library subscribes to three audio databases, Classical Music Library, DRAM (Database for Recorded American Music), and Naxos Music Library. If you are off campus, log in with your MyBama user name and password. If you know the composer and title of the piece you want to listen to you can type in the composer's last name and the title of the piece. In many cases you will find that there are several recordings of a particular piece.
Here are some interesting and useful videos. You can request these and other videos by call number at the Music Library circulation desk.