SOURCE: KOCH Entertainment

October 16, 2006 12:27 ET

Brilliant Classics Releases "Complete Bach Edition"

Newly-Updated CD Set Features Composer's Complete Works in One Compact and Low-Priced Package

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 16, 2006 -- Following the recent success of its Complete Mozart Edition CD set which sold over 300,000 copies worldwide and hit the Top 10 classical chart in the U.S., Brilliant Classics is pleased to announce the release of its newly-modified "Complete Bach Edition," the latest installment in its 'complete composers' budget series that is currently taking retail by storm. The entire Bach Edition, to be released in the US on October 17th via KOCH Entertainment Distribution, has been very well-received internationally and has become a standard in itself. Tens of thousands of boxes have already been sold in Europe.

Newly updated, the "Complete Bach Edition" features recordings of every surviving piece of music by the great Johann Sebastian Bach. This eye-catching package, now in superior quality, includes 155 CDs and a single CD-ROM containing all texts and liner notes in a single space-saving box for the low suggested retail price of 139.98.

Brilliant Classics first issued this edition in 23 installments to celebrate the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death. The edition contained every piece of music by a man who many consider to be the greatest composer of all time. Views on the interpretation of his works, however, keep changing and evolving and this set has been updated to reflect these modifications.

For this newly revised edition, 9 CDs of this set have been replaced with new recordings by prominent Bach performers such as The Sixteen, La Stravaganza Köln with Andrew Manze, cellist Jaap ter Linden and Musica Amphion. These performers are featured on the Christmas Oratorio, Orchestral Suites, Suites for Solo Cello, Brandenburg Concertos and the Concertos for 2 and 3 Harpsichords. Updates also include new recordings exclusively made for Brilliant Classics of all 200 sacred cantatas with period instruments and sung by a boys' choir.

One of the many highlights of this new package is the minimal amount of space that it takes. Many critics and consumers alike are fascinated with the concept of having all of Bach's works within a 45cm diameter of shelf space. Brilliant was able to achieve this by using slipcases in place of bulky plastic jewel cases and a single CD-ROM that includes all the liner notes.Although the set is physically smaller than others of its kind, its superior quality, content and low price makes all other Bach sets an inferior alternative.

For more information on the "Complete Bach Edition" in the U.S., please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 243 or email james.scileppi@kochent.com.

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