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A list for classical music buyers

Many people have found that while companies are eager to sell us their compact discs, they are less willing to offer friendly, easy access to their customer service departments for comments, suggestions or complaints. This is beginning to change, but it remains true that smaller classical labels are more attentive to customer contact than the giants. I'm a frequent reader of USENET groups devoted to classical music, and one continuing request is for web sites, E-mail addresse and toll free telephone numbers, a need I have taken upon myself to satisfy with the list below. It is currently being revised, and if you need a current and very complete one, you might try the list developed by Music Web, which is UK-centric, just as this one was constructed from a U.S. perspective. (I've borrowed extensively from it in updating this list.) A group devoted to Early Music has created an up-to-date list of labels which record in their area of interest, although they tend to include companies whose New Age sympathies extend to Hidegard and other ethereal-sounding composers,

I have no interest in promoting any specific company, other than to remind all that if buyers don't support classical music with purchases small labels will cease to exist and large ones will think they are serving "culture" with "Best Of" collections. Lack of classical specialty stores plague music-lovers in many areas, a vacuum somewhat filled by the advent of Internet on-line retailers that claim the ability to obtain even the most obscure titles.Here's a link to an On-Line Classical Stores FAQ that is international in scope. Many people find it useful.

The compilation which follows also includes active E-mail addresses which will work if your server supports mailto forms. Most web pages include some place to send comments by e-mail as well, although a disturbing trend by the largest companies is to fill their sites with pages of propoganda but leave no way to make an inquiry. Small labels know better: we are their lifeblood, and they want to hear from us.

Good listening!

Brendan Wehrung


RECORD LABELS

2L 4TAY INC. ABC CLASSICS ACCENT RECORDS AC CLASSICS ACOMA ACOUSTICA AGORA MUSICA ALBA RECORDS ALBANY RECORDS (UK) ALBA RECORDS ALBA RECORDS ALMA MUSIK ALICE MUSIK PRODUKTION ALPHA (DISQUES ALPHA) ALTARUS RECORDS ALTISSIMO RECORDINGS AMAPOLA RECORDS AMATI AMBROSIE AMERICUS RECORDS AMIATA RECORDS ANALEKTA ANGEL RECORDS (U.S. EMI and VIRGIN) ANGELOK 1 APPASSIONATO and DIVOX APPIAN PUBLICATIONS & RECORDINGS (APR)ARABESQUE RECORDINGS ARBITER RECORDING COMPANY ARCANA ARCHIPHON DISQUES ARION and DISQUES PIERRE VERNAY ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC ARKTOS RECORDINGS LIMITED ARSIS AUDIO ARTA RECORDS ARTARIA EDITIONS ARTE NOVA ARTEK RECORDINGS ARTEMIS RECORDS (current home of Vanguard reissues) ARTISTLED ARTISTS ONLY! RECORDS ARTWORKS ASC records ASV LTD. ATHENE RECORDS ATMA (Disques ATMA Recorda Inc.) AURA CLASSICS AURORA B&V RECORDINGS BARTOK RECORDS BASIC CLASSICS BASTA RECORDSBEL AIR MUSIC BEL CANTO SOCIETY BIDDULPH RECORDINGS BIG BEN BIS (Grammophon AB BIS) BLACK BOX BLUE WATER MUSIC BOHEME MUSIC BONGIOVANNI BONNEVILLE CLASSICS BOSTON RECORDS BOSTON SKYLINE RECORDS LA BOTTEGA DISCANTICA BRANA RECORDS BRIDGE RECORDS BRIOSO RECORDINGS BRITISH MUSIC and ENSEMBLE MUSIC LABELS BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER CALA RECORDS CALCANTE RECORDINGS LTD. CALLIOPE and APPROCHE CALLISTO RECORDS CAMPION RECORDS CANTATE and MUSICAPHON CANTERBURY CLASSICS CANTORIS RECORDS CANTUS CAPRICCIO and LASERLIGHT CAPRICE RECORDS CAPSTONE RECORDS CARO MITIS CARLETON SOUND CARPE DIEM CARUS-VERLAG CASSANDARA RECORDS CAVELLI RECORFDS CBC RECORDS CEDILLE RECORDS CELESTIAL HARMONIES CEMBEL D'AMOUR CENTAUR CENTREDISCS CHAMBER MUSIC PLUS CHANDOS RECORDS CHANNEL CLASSICS CHANTICLEER CHESKY RECORDS CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CITADEL RECORDS CLARINET CLASSICS CLASSIC RECORDS CLASSICA D'ORO CLASSICAL TREASURES CLAUDIO RECORDS CLAVES RECORDS COL LEGANO MUSIC PRODUCTIONS COLLEGIUM RECORDS COMPOSERS RECORDINGS, INC. CONCERTS ARTISTS/FIDELIO RECORDINGS CORELIS DISQUES CPO CRD RECORDS CRESCENDI RECORDS CRYSTAL RECORDS CYPRES RECORDS DACAPO RECORDS DANACORD RECORDS DANICA RECORDS (also RONDO RECORDS AND POINT RECORDS) DAPHNE RECORDS DECCA RECORDS DELOS INTERNATIONAL DELPHIAN RECORDS DEMI Q DENWA CLASSICAL DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON DUEX-ELLES DINEMEC RECORDS DISCOS ENSAYO DIVINA RECORDS DIVINE ART RECORD COMPANY DIVINE WORD DIVOX d'NOTE RECORDS DONEMUS DOREMI DUNELM RECORDS DUTTON DIRECT DUX DYNAMIC ECLECTRA ECM NEW SERIES ECSTATIC RECORDS EDITION HERA ELAN RECORDS ELECTRECORD ELYSIUM RECORDINGS EMI CLASSICS ENCORE PRODUCTIONS EQULIBRIUM RECORDS EQUINOX MUSIC ERATO EROICA CLASSICAL RECORDINGS ESS.A.Y. RECORDINGS FARAO CLASSICS FESTIVO FINLANDIA FIRST EDITION MUSIC (Louisville Orchestra recordings) FLEUR DE SON CLASSICS FONE FONTEC FOUR WINDS FURIOUS ARTISANS GAGLIANO RECORDINGS GASPARO RECORDS GERHARDT RECORDS GIMELL RECORDS GLISSANDO (Pure Classics) GLORIA DEI GLOSSA MUSIC GMN GOTHIC RECORDS GM RECORDINGS GOTHIC RECORDS GUILD MUSIC GYRE HALLÉ CD HANSSLER CLASSIC HARMONIA MUNDI USA HARMONIA MUNDI FRANCE HAT HUT RECORDS HAYDN HOUSE HELICON RECORDS HERALD AV PUBLICATIONS HESTER PARK HOLYLAND RECORDS HUNGAROTON RECORDS HYPERION RECORDS IMAGE RECORDINGS INTIM MUSIK ISMERON IVORY CLASSICS (Earl Wild) JOHN MARKS RECORDS JARO JOAN RECORDS (including BRILLIANT CLASSICS) JRB RECORDS JVC CLASSICS K617 KAIROS MUSIKPRODUKTION KUARUP DISCOS KLAVIER RECORDS KONTRAPUNKT and CANZONE KOSS CLASSICS LAMMAS RECORDS LARGO RECORDS LAUREL RECORD LEONORA RECORDS LIBRA RECORDS LINN RECORDS LOFT RECORDINGS LORELT LOTUS RECORDS LOVELY MUSIC LSO LIVE LOWRI RECORDS LYRIC RECORDS LYRICHORD DISCS, INC. M7 RECORDS M A RECORDS LA MA DE GUIDO MAGGIE'S MUSIC MALIBRAN-MUSIC MARC AUREL EDITION MARCO POLO MARQUIS CLASSICS MARSTON RECORDS MARUS SCHALLPLATTEN McGILL RECORDS MEMBRAM INTERNATIONAL GmbH MERIDIAN RECORDS MERLIN CLASSICS METIER METRONONE MMC RECORDINGS, LTD. MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LABS MONO POLY (GOOD INTERNATIONAL) MODE MORRISON MUSIC TRUST MOVE RECORDS MPS MUSIC AND VIDEO MUSAEUS MUSIC & ARTS MUSIC MINUS ONE MUSICAL HERITAGE SOCIETY MSR CLASSICS (FORMERLY MUSICIANS SHOWCASE RECORDINGS) MUSIKPRODUCTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM (MDG) MUSICALIA RECORDS MVSICA REDIVIVA MUSIKSTRASSE NAÏVE (AUVIDIS, OPUS 111) NALESSO RECORDS NAXOS/MARCO POLO RECORDS (HNH INTERNATIONAL LTD.) NBELIVE NEW ALBION NEW MIX RECORDS NEWPORT CLASSICS NEW TERTIAN RECORDINGS NEW WORLD RECORDS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC NEW YORK PHILOMUSICA RECORDS NIGHTINGALE CLASSICS NIGHTWATCH RECORDING NIMBUS RECORDS NM CLASSICS NMC RECORDINGS NONESUCH RECORDS NORTHBRANCH RECORDS NORTH PACIFIC MUSIC NORTH/SOUTH RECORDINGS NORVARD RECORDINGS NOSAG RECORDS NUOVA ERA RECORDS NYTORP MUSIK OBSIDIAN RECORDS OCEAN RECORDS OCTAVIA RECORDS OEHMS CLASSICS OGREOGRESS PRODUCTIONS EDITIONS DE L'OISEAU-LYRE ONDINE ONE-ELEVEN LTD. ONGAKU RECORDS O. O. DISCS OPENING DAY RECORDINGS OPERA RARA OPERA TRES OPUS3 RECORDS OPUS KURA ORGAN OF CORTI ORGANO PHON ORION MASTER RECORDINGS ORPHEUM MASTERS OTTAVO RECORDINGS OXREX DIGITAL PARANSSUS CLASSICAL COMPACT DISCS PASSACAILLE PAVANE RECORDS PEARL (PAVILION RECORDS) PENTATONE MUSIC PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA PHILIPS MUSIC GROUP PHOENIX CLASSICS PHOENIX USA PHONO SUECIA PILGRIM TAPES PLATINUM ENTERTAINMENT (formerly INTERSOUND) PREISER RECORDS PRIORY RECORDS PRO ORGANO (and ARIEL RECORDS) PRO PIANO RECORDS PROPRIUS MUSIC AB QUERSTAND RAUMKLANG RAVEN RECORDS RATTLE RECORDS RCA VICTOR (BMG) RCM RECORDS READER'S DIGEST REAL SOUND REDCLIFFE RECORDINGS REDISCOVERY RECORDINGS REFERENCE RECORDINGS REGIS RECORDS RENÉ GAILLY RESONANCES RESORT CLASSIC REVELS RECORDS RIVERRUN RECORDS RLPO LIVE ROMEO RECORDS RONDO RECORDS RUSSIAN MASTERS SAIN SARGASSO SELENE SICUSKlassik SIGNUM RECORDS SILVA RECORDS SILVER OAK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (SCRIBENDUM, D MUSIC) SIMAX CLASSICS SLOVART RECORDS SMITHSONIAN CLASSICAL RECORDINGS SOLSITCE and FY SOMM RECORDS SONORA PRODUCTIONS SONY SOUNDBOARD SOUND CIRCUS SOUND DYNAMICS ASSOCIATES SOTONE RECORDS SOUNDSET STARKLAND STERLING ST. OLAF RECORDS ST. PETERSBURG CLASSICAL RECORDINGS (MAZUR MEDIA) STRADIVARIUS STUDIO MATOUS SUMMIT RECORDS SUPRAPHON SWEDISH SOCIETY SYMPHONIA SYMPOSIUM RECORDS TACET TACTUS TAHRA PRODUCTIONS TALL POPPIES RECORDS TANTARA RECORDS TECNOSAGA S.A. TELDEC CLASSICS TESTAMENT TELARC INTERNATIONAL TIMPANI TITANIC RECORDS TOCCATA CLASSICS TOWN HALL RECORDS TUDOR TUXEDO MUSIC TZADIK UNIVERSAL CLASSICS VAI AUDIO (also VIDEO ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL) VALHALLA RECORDS VANGUARD CLASSICS, EVEREST RECORDS, THE BACH GUILD VARESE SARABANDE VIRGIN CLASSICS VISTA VERSA VMF RECORDS VOX WALKING FROG RECORDS WALSINGHAM CLASSICS WARNER CLASSICS WATER LILY ACOUSTICS WELL-TEMPERED PRODUCTIONS WERGO WINTER & WINTER ZC MUSIC GROUP ZEPHYR RECORDS ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES

Japanese Record Labels

While most Westerners won't be able to read these (and must reset their language preference to even render them properly), when I saw these mentioned in a news group I knew they belonged somewhere on this list. You will find, as expected, pop promotion on the main page and need to dig around to find the slight classical content.

KING RECORDS

PONY CANYON RECORDS

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTORS

ALBANY MUSIC DISTRIBUTORS, INC.

ALLEGRO CORPORATION AMG CLASSIC RECORDS BASARTWORLD BAYSIDE BERKSHIRE RECORD OUTLET DELTA MUSIC DISC IMPORTS LIMITED FORTE DISTRIBUTION HARMONIA MUNDI USA KOCH ENTERTAINMENT LUDWIG MUSIC (military band recordings) QUALITON IMPORTS LTD. RHINEBECK RECORDS STATESIDE DISTRIBUTORS VAI DISTRIBUTION

For those looking for online stores, the Online Classical CD Stores FAQ is a good place to start. The plusses and pitfalls of many are discussed.


If you know of a valid record company e-mail address or web site intended for the general public not included on this page, send it to me and I will consider it for inclusion.

ACCEPTANCE POLICY

This list does not include stores, although some manufacturers and distributors will sell directly to callers (usually at list price plus shipping). I reserve the exclusive right to accept or exclude any submission. Any contents are based on my experience with various sites.

DISCLAIMER

I created this list on the premise that if classical CD buyers don't tell companies what we need/want/desire they may never know. I make no claims of accuracy for the items listed--telephone numbers change (and those that remain valid may change to an answering service whole sole mission is to send out catalogs); web sites are cancelled or moved; and, sadly, some companies feel no more obligation to answer E-mail than they do messages received by post.

Brendan Wehrung

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