Heir(s) apparent?

October 11, 2010

On October 5, Sony Music Entertainment launced a “new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store” called Ariama.  According to Sony, Ariama (for now only available in the U.S.) fills a void in the world of digital music delivery.

“Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has search and discovery features specific to classical music as well as editorial content from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.” (Source: Billboard Magazine)

One of the exciting features of Ariama is the choice of formats available for purchase.  Not only can users download in the traditional MP3 format, they offer a lossless digital format AND they sell CDs.  It’s a win-win-win.

But the MOST exciting feature of Ariama is that New York Polyphony’s Tudor City was featured as an Editor’s Pick!  What’s more, we received an excellent review by Anastasia Tsioulcas in which she named NYP “…worthwhile heirs to such performers as the Hilliard Ensemble….”

That’s no small praise.

“Seemingly out of almost nowhere, the male vocal quartet called New York Polyphony have become closely watched performers in the early music scene. On this, only their second recording (with a title that delivers a winking nod to Manhattanites well familiar with a certain East Side apartment complex, whose classic signage appears on the album cover), the ensemble proves themselves to be worthwhile heirs to such performers as the Hilliard Ensemble–not just in their sound, but also in the way that they mix Tudor music byTallis, Byrd, Cornish, Dunstable, Taverner, and Tye with new works by Andrew Smith, an English-Norwegian composer born in 1970.

Between the excellent sonics and, more importantly, extraordinarily lovely singing, this album is very close to an instant classic. Highly recommended.”

Visit Ariama.

Read about Ariama HERE.