Warner Classics has become the first major classical label to announce that it will launch an online store. The store, located at Warner Classics' web site at www.warnerclassics.com will offer consumers downloads of tracks from its award-winning classical music catalogue. Beginning 10 April, hundreds of Warner Classics' albums will be available for digital download with 50 or so added each week.
At launch, consumers will be able to easily obtain their favourite tracks from the Warner Classics web site. These tracks will also be available from Warner Classics' digital service provider partners. In addition to advanced search functions, the Warner Classics web site will also feature soundclips so consumers can preview music before purchase.
Matthew Cosgrove, Director of Warner Classics, says: "Our mission is to make classical music accessible to as many consumers as possible. Our online store will enable classical music fans to access high quality recordings from our music library anytime from anywhere. We are extremely excited about the launch of this new store."
Warner Classics boasts a catalogue that includes some of the biggest stars in classical music. Recordings by Daniel Barenboim, Maxim Vengerov, Susan Graham, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, JosÈ Carreras, Daniel Hope, Leila Josefowicz, Rolando Villazon, Bryn Terfel, Yehudi Menuhin and many more wonderful artists will be available for downloading.
The launch of the Warner Classics download store will be accompanied by a special promotion to mark BBC Radio 3's broadcast of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, conducted by Daniel Barenboim on 17th April. In conjunction, there will be four free downloads available at warnerclassics.com, one extract from each of the Ring operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walk¸re, Siegfried and Gˆtterd‰mmerung. The promotion will run between 10th April and 10th May.


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