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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ArtistLed Makes Catalog Digitally Available On Classical Archives

Classical Archives  (, the ultimate classical music destination has  joined forces with ArtistLed, the independent record label founded by David Finckel and Wu Han (Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society  of Lincoln Center), to make the entire ArtistLed catalog digitally  available for the first time since the label’s inception in 1997.

Classical Archives continues it’s efforts to bring the best of classical music to the digital world by offering exclusive digital access to the complete ArtistLed catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. The ArtistLed catalog, produced by classical music's first musician-directed label, will be available for one month exclusively on Classical Archives.

To celebrate this creative collaboration, a truly extraordinary exclusive interview by Classical Archives Artistic Director, Dr. Nolan Gasser with David Finckel and Wu Han, and a “One Click Concert” will be featured on the site. The “One Click Concert” is a collection of  movements from the ArtistLed catalog, selected by David Finckel and Wu Han for free streaming in its entirety to all visitors of Classical Archives.

Classical Archives CEO, Pierre Schwob notes, “We are so proud to embrace the bold initiatives that David and Wu Han have taken to uphold the integrity of classical music through their ArtistLed label, and are honored to exclusively offer their digital recordings on our site.”

This integrity is clearly seen in David Finckel’s comment to Dr. Gasser: “If we don’t treat audiences and potential listeners with respect for their ability to be curious – to be fascinated by the idea of learning something new, something that we’re interested in – then it’s all lost. Because then you’re just trying to second-guess what somebody might like, and the competition is ridiculously ferocious.”

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About Classical Archives
Classical Archives (, the ultimate classical music destination, is the largest digital music subscription service dedicated to classical music. The site offers more than 620,000 tracks, 7,800 composers, and 27,000 artists representing more than 110 record labels.  It also features a breakthrough in site navigation that allows users to search and cross-reference by any relevant criteria: composer, work title, artist, albums, historical period, instrument, genre, and many others that make finding and comparing the best classical recordings easier than it has ever been. Classical Archives offers unique membership opportunities that allow users to take advantage of its vast resources easily and affordably.  Fees are $9.95/month or $99.50/year.  Benefits include the ability to listen to music from the entire site (complete tracks or works); a 10% discount on all downloads (which are yours to keep for life!); and the first two weeks as a free trial of the service.   Free registered members also enjoy great benefits: the ability to freely listen to Classical Archives’ own large catalog of contributed tracks, which includes many performances from world-class talents; the ability to listen to any music clips (30-60 seconds); the ability to purchase hi-definition downloads; and the ability to access and download free MIDI files.


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