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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Classical Archives Features Exclusive Interviews With Famed Choral Director Paul Hillier With FREE Classical Intro Concerts for All Visitors

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly presents a high-profile Exclusive Interview with acclaimed choral director Paul Hillier, founder of the legendary vocal group, the Hilliard Ensemble


In a rich discussion with Artistic Director Dr. Nolan Gasser, Paul Hillier discusses the diversity of his past and present career, as a singer, writer, and choral director. Mr. Hillier rose to fame as the founder of the Hilliard Ensemble, among the initial driving forces of the Early Music movement in the 1970s and 1980s famed for their recordings of music by Perotin, Ockeghem, Tallis, and others. Since leaving the Hilliard Ensemble in 1989, Mr. Hillier has led a number of vocal groups, most notably Theater of Voices, and has extended beyond early music to embrace especially Contemporary music as well. Among his most recent recordings is that of David Langs The Little Match Girl Passion, commissioned by Mr. Hillier, and recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music. In this in-depth and entertaining interview, Mr. Hillier discusses all this and more, including his refreshing attitude toward music: Its like when people go into an art gallery: they dont only look at one kind of painting; they look at a whole range, and maybe find their favorite painters in each sectionĶ For me, its the same with music. A must read!


Classical Archives also features its new Home Page layout, including a new, dynamic section offering FREE Classical Intro Concerts to all visitors to the site featuring great music of the key composers, musical periods, and genres. All this and unlimited streaming of our entire classical catalogue can be enjoyed at no cost by signing up for a 14-day Free Trial today!

Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com

About Classical Archives

Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), 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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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea: Give Instant Access to the Timeless Music of Beethoven, Bach and 7,798 Other Classical Greats


World's Largest Classical Music Site Offers On-Demand Streaming, Hi-Definition Downloads and Expert Musicology To Music Lovers of All Ages


ĮPalo Alto, CA This holiday season give the classical music lover in your life the ultimate gift: instant access to the largest online treasure trove of great music with a year-long subscription to Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com). As the ultimate classical music destination on the web, the site offers members endless, on-demand streaming of its more than 620,000 tracks covering more than 7,800 composers and 27,000 artists. The unique site also offers hi-definition downloads, expert musicology, one-click concerts and special artist exclusives.

This affordable gift that can be enjoyed every day is only $9.95 per month or $99.50 for a one-year subscription. Classical Archives offers instant gift certificates that gift givers can print or email to loved ones this holiday season.

Catering to newcomers and aficionados alike, Classical Archives features a proprietary new navigation and search engine capability that lets visitors easily 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.

Tracks are available in high quality DRM-free MP3 for listening or downloading and some in MIDI format for synthesizers. The site provides detailed musicological information for each work: its proper movements and subdivisions, genre, principal instruments, year of composition, and key. Users can then easily compare various recordings of a given work, each identified in a proper and consistent manner something not possible with any other site.

Classical Archives memberships are just $9.95/month or $99.50/year. Benefits include the ability to listen to music from the whole site (entire tracks or works); a 10% discount on all downloads (which are yours to keep for life!); the first two weeks as a free trial of the service; the ability to access and download MIDI files free of charge.

Visit Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com to learn more and sign up for a 14-day Free Trial today!

About Classical Archives

Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), 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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Monday, October 19, 2009

Classical Archives Features Exclusive Interview with Joshua Bell

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly presents a high-profile Exclusive Interview with star of the classical music world, violinist Joshua Bell, who has a stellar new release.

The engaging and fascinating interview with preeminent violinist Joshua Bell was conducted one day before the release of his new Sony Classical album, At Home With Friends which soared to Number 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart! In a rich discussion with Classical Archives Artistic Director Dr. Nolan Gasser, Mr. Bell discusses the impetus behind the new cross-genre release, which features collaborations with some of the brightest stars in the broader music world including Sting, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Botti, and new vocal sensation Regina Spektor. The album stems largely from a series of informal soires held at Mr. Bell's Manhattan apartment which he describes as "a kind of a dream I've had to have a regular salon-type series at my house." The interview also touches on the musical approach to arrangements on the album, his experience in the recording studio, future plans, and much more. A must read!

Classical Archives also features its new Home Page layout, offering a dynamic presentations of this week's Featured Composer (Giuseppe Verdi); Featured Artist (new LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel); and an array of New Releases by the major classical labels.

All this and unlimited streaming of our entire classical catalogue can be enjoyed at no cost by signing up for a 14-day Free Trial today!

Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com

About Classical Archives
Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), 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 full 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. Subscribers also benefit from the playlist capabilities to store their favorite pieces in a single list, for one-click access, which they may share with anyone.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Classical Archives features exclusive interview with soprano Danielle de NieseĮ

Star Of The Metropolitan Opera's Current Production Of Mozart's ĮThe Marriage Of Figaro Discusses Her Roles And Future of Classical Music

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly features an Exclusive Interview with rising-star soprano Danielle de Niese, who shares the story of her fairy-tale rise from child sensation to top-draw lyric soprano at the world's foremost opera houses including her current run as Susanna in the Met's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. In this honest and insightful interview with Classical Archives Artistic Director, Dr. Nolan Gasser, Ms. de Niese discusses her breakout role as the seductive Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, her rigorous approach to "owning" the roles she sings, her optimistic attitude toward the future of classical music, her reverent love of singing, and much more. Don't miss this great interview, along with a special "Best of Danielle de Niese" Playlist!Į Į

In addition to the interview presentation, Classical Archives continues its profile on the Sony Masterworks Zenph Studios collaboration that is bringing new life to classic piano recordings of yesteryear.

These include stunning "Re-Performed" recordings by Sergey Rachmaninov, Glenn Gould, and jazz legend Art Tatum. Į ĮThese special presentations join the new Classical Archives Personalized Playlist feature, which allows members to create, save, and share their favorite recordings in personalized Playlists that can be grouped by any criteria they choose. Also new is the Home Page layout with this week's Featured Composer (Giuseppe Verdi), Featured Artist (conductor Simon Rattle); and an array of New Releases by the major classical labels, including the new Sony release, At Home With Friends by violinist Joshua Bell who will be subject of next week's Classical Archives Exclusive Interview!

Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Classical Archives Presents World Premiere of Cosmic Reflection at the Kennedy Center

THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE IN 40 MINUTES

Composed by Nolan Gasser
World Premiere on November 2, 2009 at the
John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

Washington, DC Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate online destination for classical music, is presenting the world premiere of Nolan Gasser's narrated symphony, Cosmic Reflection. The musical composition portrays the complete history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the present day. Cosmic Reflection will be premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 2 at 8pm in a performance by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro David Hoose, and featuring narration by Carey Harrison, son of Rex Harrison, along with a video presentation by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; the concert will also feature the acclaimed American Brass Quintet.

The musical event celebrates the first year in orbit of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Like the telescope, Cosmic Reflection has had a long journey to its launch: In September 2007, Professor Peter F. Michelson (the Principal Investigator of Fermi's main instrument) and Pierre Schwob, CEO of Classical Archives, approached composer Nolan Gasser to create a musical composition to celebrate the launch of Fermi, (then-called the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope -- GLAST.) Having no prior exposure to the science surrounding the mission, Gasser commenced an intensive self-study of particle physics and cosmology at least enough to allow him to reasonably portray, in musical terms, the nature and objectives of the new space observatory.

Two years later, Gasser has become a self-proclaimed physics "freak", an enthusiasm he has brought to bear on the two compositions now written in association with Fermi and its current symposium the GLAST Prelude and Cosmic Reflections. The GLAST Prelude, for brass quintet, Op.12 was "premiered" on June 8, 2008 in Cocoa Beach, FL at a pre-launch reception co-sponsored by Stanford University and General Dynamics. Likewise accompanied by a video by NASA-Goddard, the GLAST Prelude (recorded by the American Brass Quintet) has received considerable popular and critical acclaim including over 150,000 views on YouTube.

ĮCosmic Reflections, Op.15, is written for full orchestra and narrator, and will feature a video presentation created especially for this concert by Rich Melnick of NASA-Goddard. The "libretto" was co-written by Pierre R. Schwob, Founder of Classical Archives and a gifted amateur cosmologist, and physicist and writer Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss. The work, lasting around 40 minutes, is in three large parts, book-ended by a Prologue and Epilogue, though the work proceeds without interruption.

Finding innovative ways to extend the appeal and audience of classical music is a passion of both Schwob and Gasser, who is the Artistic Director of Classical Archives. Pierre Schwob says, "Cosmic Reflection is an expression of my awe for the heroic efforts of our scientists to understand our Universe, our place in it, and of the extraordinary talent and dedication of all those involved in our cultural heritage. We hope this unique merging of art and science will help inspire even greater love of classical music, and the understanding of the world around us. We are honored to be able to present the story of the universe in such a novel way, just as we are bringing music lovers the universe of classical music on our site every day.

There are a limited number of tickets available to the general public in the 1st Tier and 2nd Tier at $20.00 each. Tickets are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, by calling (202) 467-4600 or online at www.kennedy-center.org

For additional information and background on Cosmic Reflection, please visit: www.classicalarchives.com/CR/index.html

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Classical Archives Showcases Latest Releases

620,000 Tracks and CountingĶ

-- Largest Classical Online Classical Music Destination Expands Its Catalogue --

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, is showcasing some hot new releases that make the fall a classical music lover's dream come true. In addition to new releases featuring artists such as Murray Perahia, Renee Fleming, and Jean-Bernard Pommier, Classical Archive's featured artist is Vladimir Horowitz. The site, which offers more than 620,000 digital tracks, 7,800 composers, and 27,000 artists, is dedicated to being the ultimate online resource and archive for the world's great classical recordings. Recent releases include:


Bach: Partitas Nos. 1,...ĮMurray Perahia, Sony ClassicalĮCDs: 1 Tracks: 20


VerismoĮGiuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan, Rene FlemingĮDeccaĮCDs: 1 Tracks: 17

Debussy: Pour Le Piano...ĮJean-Bernard PommierĮCDs: 1 Tracks: 17

Michael Daugherty: Fir...ĮDetroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme JrviĮĮNaxosĮCDs: 1 Tracks: 7

About Classical Archives

Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), 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 full 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. Subscribers also benefit from the play list capabilities to store their favorite pieces in a single list, for one-click access, which they may share with anyone.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Classical Archives Presents Exclusive Interview with Conductor Marin Alsop

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly presents an exclusive interview with acclaimed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor, Marin Alsop, in conjunction with her recent Naxos release of Leonard Bernstein's seminal 1971 work, Mass.


Marin recently renewed her contract with the Baltimore Symphony to 2015, underscoring her status as among the most celebrated conductors working today not only with the BSO, but likewise with the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Colorado and Bournemouth Symphonies, among many others. The recording of the Bernstein Mass has received stellar reviews and is placing new light on this important, though often misunderstood, masterwork of American music.


In an in-depth and multifaceted interview, Classical Archives Artistic Director Dr. Nolan Gasser asks Maestro Alsop about the recent Naxos release, her personal association with Bernstein, and the challenges and triumphs of performing this complex work. They also discuss Alsop's long-standing involvement with contemporary music, her initiatives involving New Media, and her heralded ability to improve the musical quality of the communities she works in, as she states: "We have to make classical music accessible to a wider audience and as exciting as possible." Don't miss this fascinating discussion.


Classical Archives also features its new home page layout, offering the second installment of its Vladimir Horowitz feature, celebrating the Sony Masterworks collection of previously unheard recitals at Carnegie Hall, along with dynamic presentations of this week's featured composer (Antonn Dvork); featured artist (pianist Vladimir Horowitz); and an array of new releases by the major classical labels.


All this and unlimited streaming of the entire classical catalogue can be enjoyed at no cost by signing up for a 14-day Free Trial today!


Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com


About Classical Archives

Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), 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 full 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. Subscribers also benefit from the playlist capabilities to store their favorite pieces in a single list, for one-click access, which they may share with anyone.

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