ArkivCD Program Tops 5,000 Titles in January
ArkivMusic, the online
classical music retailer, has reissued over 5,000 formerly out-of-print
BRYN MAWR, Pa.: Extending its "Long Tail" approach to Internet
retailing, ArkivMusic, The Source for Classical MusicTM
(http://www.arkivmusic.com) hit a
milestone in January for the company's acclaimed ArkivCD
reissue program, bringing the total number of classical recordings it has
rescued from the vaults to over 5,000 titles. The program features formerly
out-of-print recordings from over two dozen labels -- including all four
major label groups -- produced "on demand" as ArkivCDs.
As of this week, there are 5,159 ArkivCD titles in ArkivMusic's extensive database of over 82,000 classical
CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audios, and SACDs.
"Superb classical CDs are unfortunately withdrawn from the marketplace
for non-artistic reasons," said ArkivMusic's
President, Eric Feidner. "Through the ArkivCD program, we are restoring the catalogs of
hundreds of excellent artists and ensembles and helping to preserve their
Among the traditional "Big Five" American orchestras, ArkivMusic to date has reissued 77 titles from the
Philadelphia Orchestra, 68 from the Chicago Symphony, 61 from the Boston
Symphony, 49 from the Cleveland Orchestra, and 35 from the New York
Philharmonic. 27 CDs in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's prized Deutsche Grammophon catalog are back in circulation, along with 28
Los Angeles Philharmonic and 22 San Francisco Symphony discs. "The
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is deleted no more," wrote Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette critic Andrew Druckenbrod about its
now 27 newly-available titles.
ArkivMusic manufactures these discs using
just-in-time systems for producing, packaging, and shipping recordings. All
music and packaging elements, including liner notes for select titles, are
produced at the time a customer places an online order.
Feidner continued, "The industry has changed
so much through label consolidation and staff turnovers that many labels
aren't sure what's in circulation and what's not. For the Metropolitan
Opera's new production of Philip Glass's Satyagraha this spring, we
took it upon ourselves to bring back the Sony recording,
which was the only one in the catalog."
A gem among recent ArkivCD releases is James
Levine's traversal of the Brahms symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic,
which was never released as a set in the United States. ClassicsToday raved, "This is unquestionably the
finest complete Brahms cycle from Vienna, a surprising fact when you consider
how many times the orchestra has recorded these works, and with whom."
Jon Feidner, ArkivMusic's
General Manager, noted, "We also have the number one record on Alex
Ross's list," referring to the New Yorker critic's best-selling book, The
Rest Is Noise. "Levine's
DG recording of Berg, Webern, and Schoenberg --
one of the greatest recordings of these seminal works of the 20th century --
has been out of print until now."
The ArkivCD program is an example of what Wired's Chris Anderson has dubbed "The Long
Tail," where the business of the future is selling less of more. As one
of the largest retailers of classical recordings in the world, ArkivMusic offers these previously unavailable recordings
alongside a complete selection of practically every classical recording
currently in print.
"The site of choice for many collectors is ArkivMusic.com, which prides
itself on being devoted only to classical music," wrote Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times.