FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2008
ArkivMusic Reaches Milestone of 6,000 Titles in Reissue Program
The online classical music retailer has now restored over 6,000 formerly out-of-print recordings as “on demand” CDs
BRYN MAWR, Pa.: Just two years after launching its unprecedented reissue program, ArkivMusic, The Source for Classical Music™ (http://www.arkivmusic.com) has hit a milestone, bringing the total number of classical recordings it has rescued from the vaults to over 6,000 titles. The online classical CD retailer is restoring out-of-print titles from all four major label groups and over two dozen independent labels. The CDs are produced “on demand” with liner notes and full packaging at the time the customer places an online order.
As of this week, there are 6,101 ArkivCD reissue titles in ArkivMusic’s extensive database of over 91,000 classical CDs, DVDs, DVD-Audios, and SACDs. These include 2,239 recordings from the Universal labels (DG, Decca and Philips), 1,161 from SonyBMG and 1431 from EMI/Virgin Classics labels.
Among new reissue highlights – and just in time for the holidays – are a sleigh trunk full of cherished CDs, including:
The Music of Christmas/Carmen Dragon, Hollywood Bowl (EMI - 1957)
For artists, the reissue program patches significant catalogs riddled by CD deletions during the last decade of record industry belt-tightening. Conductor John Eliot Gardiner alone has nearly four-dozen ArkivMusic reissues of his recordings, including his exquisite “Once as I Remember,” a deeply personal album recalling the Christmas plays of his youth in Dorset, England. “It came out in 1998 and vanished from the record shelves all too quickly for non-artistic reasons,” says ArkivMusic President Eric Feidner. “Through our ‘on demand’ reissue program, we’re able to make the catalogs of significant artists like John Eliot available again to their fans.
While continuing to expand the classical catalog with treasured reissues, now ArkivMusic has also refurbished nearly all of the 1,000+ titles from the initial launch of the reissue program with liner notes and full packaging. “When we started the reissue program in November 2006,” Feidner continued, “we were able to offer customers access to a significant number of out-of-print performances. The response was fantastic, but they overwhelming asked us to provide the complete information for these lost treasures as well. Liner notes, credits, texts and translations are very important for these folks.”
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.
The reissue 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.
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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Wende Persons, Communications & Marketing