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October 1, 2007

 

ArkivMusic Signs Deal with Warner Classics, Completing Agreements with the Major Classical Labels for Out-of-Print Recordings “On Demand”

All four major label distribution groups are now offering their back catalogs through the online classical retailer

The ArkivCD catalog hits 4,000 titles, and now includes “on demand” production capability for opera CD booklets of over 200 pages

BRYN MAWR, Pa.: ArkivMusic, The Source for Classical Music™ (http://www.arkivmusic.com) announced today that it has signed a deal with Warner Classics and now has contracts in place with all four major label distribution groups to release out-of-print classical recordings as “production-on-demand” compact discs (ArkivCDs). The Warner Classics deal features the back catalogs of the Teldec Classics, Erato Disques and Warner Classics labels.

“Warner Classics is very pleased to be able to offer many treasured recordings from our catalog through ArkivMusic's ArkivCD program,” said Lisa Nauful, U.S. Label Manager of Warner Classics & Jazz. “It is a wonderful opportunity and refreshing to find a new outlet for noteworthy and sought-after recordings that are not currently available in the U.S. market.”

Also this month, ArkivMusic’s ArkivCD program tops 4,000 recordings rescued from the vaults of SONY BMG, the Universal labels Decca, Philips and Deutsche Grammophon, the EMI labels EMI Classics, Angel Records and Virgin Classics, as well as two dozen independent classical labels. The company is on track to make 5,000 ArkivCD titles available by the end of the year.

“We are thrilled to achieve one of our most sought-after goals for the company: unlocking the vaults of every major classical label to reissue thousands of out-of-print recordings,” said ArkivMusic’s President, Eric Feidner.  “When labels delete CDs from their catalogs, it's all about sales numbers and rarely about quality. There are countless classical performances and works that deserve to be heard… and now ArkivMusic can offer them to customers in the CD format they overwhelmingly prefer.”

 

A major new ArkivCD enhancement is the production of CD booklets of 200 pages or more “on demand.” This is a boon for opera recordings with extensive libretto texts and translations. A sample of upcoming restored opera sets with large booklets includes Beverly Sills’s Thaïs, Renata Tebaldi’s La Gioconda, Sutherland and Pavarotti’s I Puritani, Leontyne Price’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Gwyneth Jones’s Egyptian Helen, and Jennifer Larmore’s La Cenerentola.

ArkivMusic manufactures these discs using its production-on-demand system 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.

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. Its database of available unique titles currently lists over 82,000 CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audios, and SACDs.

ArkivMusic is launching the Warner Classics partnership with a focus on some of the labels’ early music luminaries: Ton Koopman, William Christie, Nicholas Harnoncourt, Nicholas McGegan, John Eliot Gardiner and Marc Minkowski. Other featured conductors in the initial 100 releases are Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Mstislav Rostropovich (as conductor and cellist) and Kurt Masur’s recordings of Brahms, Bruckner, Liszt and Kodály with the New York Philharmonic.

ArkivMusic has been hailed by the press for restoring key recordings in American orchestras’ discographies. “So you think the classical recording business is dead in the water? Think again,” said music critic John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune in July. “The recent reissue of 55 out-of-print Chicago Symphony Orchestra titles by the online classical music store ArkivMusic points up how Web-based options are helping to fill the void created by the shuttering of Tower Records and other retail shops that once devoted extensive shelf space to classical music.”

“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is deleted no more,” stated Andrew Druckenbrod in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ArkivCDs are restoring the orchestra’s legacy. “To hear snapshots of music from that history is invaluable to the understanding of the cultural growth of the institution and the cultural heritage of our community,” said Robert Moir, vice president of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s artistic planning.

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. ArkivMusic is super-servicing the specialty niche of classical music and satisfying consumer demand for physical CDs through its ever-expanding catalog.

“Classical is a truly unique niche in the music world,” Feidner continued, “and at ArkivMusic, we are deeply committed to servicing the needs of this very special group of customers. I know that increasing the number of titles available on compact disc runs contrary to anything you might read about the current state of the music business, but we are delivering on the demand we receive and our business is booming.”

 

 

 

 

About ArkivMusic LLC

ArkivMusic -- The Source for Classical Music™ (http://www.arkivmusic.com) is an online retailer of classical music focused on offering a vast selection of classical titles through an intuitive interface and a decentralized distribution platform. Since opening its online store in February 2002, ArkivMusic has built the largest selection of classical music recordings in the U.S., with access to over 82,000 titles from over 1,500 labels shipped from 20 distribution centers. In keeping with its mission of preservation, promotion, and efficient distribution of classical music, ArkivMusic’s innovative production-on-demand ArkivCD program allows consumers to find and purchase out-of-print recordings alongside the in-print catalog.

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