All the music you ever wanted on a memory stick for just £100 ($160)? Not quite, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Chandos, the indy Brits, are offering the equivalent of a large boxed set of CDs in hi-def sound on something you can stick on your key chain. Wagner’s Ring? It’s yours, in English.
The Vaughan Williams symphonies – all bar two. The pick of Malcolm Arnold? Now there’s a tempter.
Press release below.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
Chandos offers some of its classic recordings in a new format –
high-quality preloaded memory sticks – for the first time.
Initially, twelve collections will be made available on USB drives from Chandos’ catalogue,
each stick either based on a themed series, such as ‘film music’ and ‘Contemporaries of
Mozart’, or a composer, for example Sir Malcolm Arnold and Sir William Walton. The
Vaughan Williams symphony collection will include a bonus interview with Richard Hickox
and James Jolly.
Customers have a choice of purchasing the music files in Lossless FLAC or WMA, each
offering sound of CD quality. Each memory stick comes loaded with the artwork, sleeve
notes, and, where necessary, full texts and translations. Each stick will in addition offer all
the tracks as MP3s, free of charge.
Memory sticks offer two clear advantages over compact discs: first, they take up virtually no
room at all, yet offer a huge amount of music; second, a vast quantity of music will be
available for less money than the equivalent amount on CDs. A further advantage is that the
music will transfer much faster to your computer than at current download speeds.
Ralph Couzens, the Managing Director of Chandos Records, says: ‘We feel that the memory
stick offers a new and genuinely advantageous way of purchasing music for the collector. We
are able to offer our recordings at a very competitive price whilst still maintaining the sound
quality for which we have become famous. Its space saving appeal is something that many
serious collectors will very much welcome.’
All titles available from
The twelve titles, available from 22 February 2011, are:
CHUSB 0001 Contemporaries of Mozart, Vol. 1
£99.99 Baguer; Clementi; Gossec; Gyrowetz; Kozeluch; Krommer; M. Haydn;
Pichl; Pleyel; Rosetti; Stamitz; Vanhal. All with the LMP, Matthias
CHUSB 0002 Contemporaries of Mozart, Vol. 2
£99.99 Boccherini; Cannabich; Herschel; Hoffmeister; Marsh; L. Mozart;
Myslive?ek; Richter; Salieri; Vogler; Wesley; Wranitzky. All with the
LMP, Matthias Bamert
CHUSB 0003 Film Music, Vol. 1
£99.99 Addinsell; Arnold, Vols 1 & 2; Alwyn, Vols 1 & 2; Auric; Bax;
Bennett; Bliss; Rawsthorne; Shostakovich, Vols 1 & 2; Vaughan
Williams, Vols 1 & 2CHUSB 0004 Film Music, Vol. 2
£99.99 Addison; Alwyn, Vol. 3; Berners & Lambert; Black; Chagrin;
Goodwin; Gunning; Herrmann; Korngold, Vols 1 & 2; Parker;
Shostakovich, Vol. 3; Spoliansky; Vaughan Williams, Vol. 3
CHUSB 0005 Wagner: The complete ‘Ring’ Cycle
£99.99 Reginald Goodall’s classic Sadler’s Wells recording, sung in English
CHUSB 0006 Elgar: Oratorios
£74.99 The Apostles; The Black Knight; Caractacus; The Dream of
Gerontius; The Kingdom; The Light of Life. All conducted by Richard
CHUSB 0007 Black Dyke Mills Band
£99.99 Twenty-three classic recordings
CHUSB 0008 Vaughan Williams: Symphonies
£99.99 Symphonies Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8. All with the London Symphony
Orchestra, Richard Hickox (featuring a bonus interview with Richard
Hickox and James Jolly)
CHUSM 0009 Hummel: Piano and Orchestral Works
£99.99 Concertos, chamber music, ballet music
CHUSB 0010 William Walton, Vol. 1
£99.99 Film music, symphonies, ballets, chamber works, vocal, etc.
CHUSB 0011 William Walton, Vol. 2
£99.99 Concertos, operas, chamber & orchestral works, etc.
CHUSB 0014 Arnold: Orchestral Works
£74.99 Overtures, symphonies, string quartets, film music
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