John Eliot Gardiner to Offer 'Instant' Live CDs

Classic Arts News   John Eliot Gardiner to Offer 'Instant' Live CDs
John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists will offer 'instant' live recordings for sale after its concert at London's Cadogan Hall on February 9, the group announced.

The first half of the concert, to include Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, will be recorded, reproduced, and available for purchase on CD at the end of the evening. Unsold CDs will be offered through the group's web site.

The CDs will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve (presumably printed in advance) that will include program notes for the concert.

According to the site, the CDs are "first of what will become a series of live, unedited recordings of concerts given by John Eliot Gardiner and his choir and orchestras," which also include the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre R_volutionnaire et Romantique.

Rock groups have sold live recordings after concerts for several years, but the practice is only now spreading to classical music. The G‹rzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Germany, announced last fall that it would start selling CDs after concerts. That orchestra offers the entire performance on CD, but there is a delay of a few minutes before the recordings are available.

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