July 30, 2014

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Oberlin Music makes big distributor deal

OBERLIN — Oberlin Music, the commercial label of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, has entered into a distribution agreement with the world’s largest independent digital distributor of classical music.

A three-year pact with the distributor, Naxos America, should bolster distribution of recordings made by Oberlin Music, according to the college. Under terms of the agreement, Naxos will serve as the exclusive CD distributor of Oberlin Music recordings across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to digital distribution of all Oberlin Music titles internationally.

“Our faculty and students so thoroughly dedicate themselves to creating music worthy of the world’s grandest stages,” said Andrea Kalyn, acting dean of the Oberlin Conservatory, in a news release. “Oberlin Music’s partnership with Naxos allows us to share that stunning artistry with a global audience. It’s truly a wonderful collaboration.”

The first Oberlin Music recordings to be distributed by Naxos are “Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces,” a collection of chamber music conceived by Oberlin faculty harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and “Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches,” an original symphonic poem adapted from the classic children’s tale and performed by the Oberlin Orchestra, with narration by actor John de Lancie.

Both recordings are available for download through iTunes and other digital services beginning Tuesday and on CD beginning Oct. 29, according to a news release from Oberlin College.

Naxos also will distribute the entire Oberlin Music catalog, including two releases that also debuted in 2013: “A place toward other places,” featuring Oberlin faculty clarinetist Richard Hawkins and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and “Hypersuite 2: Music for Solo Cello,” a collection of works by Bach paired with contemporary pieces inspired by the master, performed by faculty cellist Darrett Adkins.

Oberlin Music was founded in 2007 to promote the talent of Oberlin’s music faculty and students. In 2010, the Oberlin Conservatory opened Clonick Hall, a recording facility suited to capturing studio sessions in the heart of the conservatory.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.