Opus Arte Relaunches Web Site

In 2010, the Opus Arte Web site relaunched as an on-line classical music store.

Opus Arte is a classical music production and distribution company, owned by the Royal Opera House. It releases approximately thirty opera, ballet, and classical music titles on DVD and Blu-ray per year, along with a selection of CDs.

In 2010, the Opus Arte Web site (http://www.opusarte.com/en/) was relaunched as an on-line classical music store, selling music across all formats (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, MP3, digital video download) from the world's leading classical music labels. Opus Arte is pioneering new methods for classical music consumption, championing track and video downloads, as well as offering bundles of digital and hardware content.

Opus Arte was first established in 1999 by Managing Director Hans Petri and Television Director Dirk Jan Bijke. The company has produced and directed programmes that have been broadcast in over sixty countries and won numerous awards.

For an introduction to the site, see their online video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtHOx4CJ_wM

Fiona Moseley
The 7th Chamber, Diffusion Media Group

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John J. Puccio

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Understand, I'm just an everyday guy reacting to something I love. And I've been doing it for a very long time, my appreciation for classical music starting with the musical excerpts on The Big John and Sparkie radio show in the early Fifties and the purchase of my first recording, The 101 Strings Play the Classics, around 1956. In the late Sixties I began teaching high school English and Film Studies as well as becoming interested in hi-fi, my audio ambitions graduating me from a pair of AR-3 speakers to the Fulton J's recommended by The Stereophile's J. Gordon Holt. In the early Seventies, I began writing for a number of audio magazines, including Audio Excellence, Audio Forum, The Boston Audio Society Speaker, The American Record Guide, and from 1976 until 2008, The $ensible Sound, for which I served as Classical Music Editor.

Today, I'm retired from teaching and use a pair of bi-amped VMPS RM40s loudspeakers for my listening. In addition to writing the Classical Candor blog, I served as the Movie Review Editor for the Web site Movie Metropolis (formerly DVDTown) from 1997-2013. Music and movies. Life couldn't be better.

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It is the goal of Classical Candor to promote the enjoyment of classical music. Other forms of music come and go--minuets, waltzes, ragtime, blues, jazz, bebop, country-western, rock-'n'-roll, heavy metal, rap, and the rest--but classical music has been around for hundreds of years and will continue to be around for hundreds more. It's no accident that every major city in the world has one or more symphony orchestras.

When I was young, I heard it said that only intellectuals could appreciate classical music, that it required dedicated concentration to appreciate. Nonsense. I'm no intellectual, and I've always loved classical music. Anyone who's ever seen and enjoyed Disney's Fantasia or a Looney Tunes cartoon playing Rossini's William Tell Overture or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 can attest to the power and joy of classical music, and that's just about everybody.

So, if Classical Candor can expand one's awareness of classical music and bring more joy to one's life, more power to it. It's done its job.

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