They have also addressed one problem which has made me hesitant to generally recommend download puchasing to our readers. We have been concerned for many years with the importance of background information in CD booklets and particularly of legible texts and translations, which are too often skimped as a cost saver.
Now, visitors to Cedille’s Web site can download a free PDF of the booklet before deciding whether to buy the recording itself in either format. They won’t have to download an album at all to get the accompanying CD booklet. These are quite thorough and always include texts and translations of any sung (or even spoken) material.
Cedille has been selling MP3 album downloads directly to the public from its Web site since May 2008, its catalog having 116 principal CD titles ranging from solo keyboard works to complete symphonies and operas. These include world-premiere recordings and CD premieres of important compositions, plus the commercial recording debuts of some celebrated artists.
Let's keep a watch and see whether they meet too our other concern; inclusion of easily accessible texts and translations as an automatic expectation.
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Peter Grahame Woolf 20/4/2010