New York, NY (PressExposure) April 29, 2008 -- eMusic the worldâs largest retailer of independent music â and the worldâs second-largest digital music service after iTunes â announced today a number of new and noteworthy independent classical label signings to its growing roster of more than 27,000. They include the prestigious UK-based Chandos Records, one of the world's premier classical music labels; Telarc, the forty-time Grammy award-winning label; and celebrated Harmonia Mundi, hailed by Billboard Magazine as one of this yearâs top classical labels and home to a diverse and wonderful crop of artists that includes Paul Lewis, Phillipe Herreweghe and RenÃ© Jacobs.
Other classical labels recently added to eMusic include NaÃ¯ve, Vox, Lyrita, Hungaraton, Supraphon, and CSO Resound, the Chicago Symphonyâs in-house recording label. These additions will be available on the website both in the US and worldwide.
eMusic revealed that more than half of customers who downloaded one of two recent exclusive free classical music samplers went on to purchase additional classical music. Of those, nearly one third had never downloaded a classical track before. For the past several months, eMusic has offered customers exclusive free samplers from BIS Records, MIDEM's 2008 Classical "Label of the Yearâ honoree and Harmonia Mundi. Both currently rank in eMusicâs classical music charts top ten.
BIS, the highly-respected, Scandinavian classical imprint celebrates its 35th anniversary by offering more than two hours of free classical music to eMusic customers. The label is known for its complete recordings of composer Jean Sibelius, as well as other projects such as the Bach Cantatas by Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki, and the riveting new Beethoven symphony cycle with conductor Osmo VÃ¤nksÃ¤ leading the Minnesota Orchestra.
Harmonia Mundiâs exclusive free sampler is representative of their excellence in baroque and classical repertoire, as well as their world-class artists. Selected tracks are taken from Paul Lewisâ acclaimed Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle, Andrew Manze and the English Concertâs recordings of Handel and C.P.E. Bach, and vocal ensemble Anonymous 4âs explorations of American folk songs and spirituals.
âClassical labels recognize that eMusic, with its sophisticated adult customer base and unsurpassed editorial features, sells classical music better than any other digital service,â said eMusic President and CEO David Pakman. âFor example, classical represents 12% of our sales in Europe and the U.S. is not far behind. Our subscriber base has always been passionate about discovering music outside the mainstream and the free sampler statistics are a perfect example of how eMusic is able to increase sales of classical music and encourage consumers to discover great music outside the commercial mainstream, as well as outside of their preferred genres.â
"As a label head and a regular visitor to their active customer message-boards, I commend eMusic for working successfully to create a truly outstanding digital music experience for classical music fans everywhere," said Robert von Bahr, President of BIS Records. âWith their commitment to classical music, eMusic offers our artists large exposure and easy access to an audience thatâs fervently interested in an innovative and timeless genre of music,â commented Jean-Baptiste Rivail, International Director of Harmonia Mundi.
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