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May/June Issue of Listen: Life with Classical Music Now Available

The May/June issue of Listen: Life with Classical
legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein
on its cover, and features Alan Gilbert and Gustavo Dudamel in
East Coast/West Coast”, a story
about the two young conductors taking over the podiums of the New York and Los
Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras this fall.  These are just two of the highlights in the second issue of
the new bimonthly print magazine published and distributed by the online
classical music retailer ArkivMusic, The Source for Classical Music™ ( 

Russian maestro Valery Gergiev is profiled by Listen’s editor-in-chief Ben Finane.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author James B. Stewart muses about the piano in his writer’s life.  “Beethoven, Scholarship, and Mystery on Broadway” introduces
the recent hit play by Moisés Kaufman, 33 Variations, which puts
Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations
center-stage with Tony-nominee Jane Fonda and pianist Diane
.  Artists featured in the May/June issue include violinists Hilary
Hahn, Daniel Hope, Anne Akiko Meyers
and Arnold
and the vocal ensemble Anonymous
; the 200th anniversary of Josef
Haydn’s death is also observed in this month’s issue. A special bonus for Listen
readers is the chance to win an Essex grand piano, designed by Steinway
& Sons.  There’s much more,
including recommendations of new CDs and books about classical music. 

Eric Feidner, ArkivMusic president and Listen publisher, says of the May/June issue:

“I am especially pleased with the cover [photo of Arthur
Rubinstein], featuring one of my all-time favorite artists. To me, it perfectly
captures the essence of Listen. I don’t
think this photo, unearthed from the vaults several floors beneath the Sony
building in Manhattan, has ever been published before.”

In March, ArkivMusic took the bold step of launching this
print magazine for the U.S. market. 
The response has been strong and gratifying from the media and classical
music aficionados.  The Boston

“Classical music and
print publications seem to be unlikely growth areas in the current sputtering
economy. Which is why it’s so refreshing to see a new print magazine about
classical music hit whatever newsstands are left. Listen is a full-color magazine published by the inventive
online music retailer ArkivMusic.”

Readers surveyed about the first issue continue to offer suggestions
for upcoming issues, and express their enthusiasm for the magazine:

“It’s wonderfully
refreshing to see a first-rate classical music magazine arrive on the scene.”

“Great first issue;
I read almost every word. I subscribe to the BBC Music Magazine and have always
wanted to get the perspective from America as well.  Keep up the good work.”

“I liked this
magazine so much that today I not only ordered my subscription, but also a gift
subscription for a friend in New York, and even placed an order for 3 CDs that
were reviewed or advertised… Thank you for a superb publication.  Please
keep all the forthcoming issues as well written, well laid-out, interesting,
readable, and professional as the inaugural issue has been.”

Listen’s cover
price is $4.95.  A special 40%
discounted subscription rate is available now for six issues at $17.82. 

For information on subscribing to or advertising in Listen: Life with Classical Music, visit

About Listen’s publisher:

ArkivMusic – The Source for Classical Music™ (
is an online retailer of classical music focused on offering a vast selection
of classical titles through an intuitive interface and a decentralized
distribution platform. Since opening its online store in February 2002,
ArkivMusic has built the largest selection of classical music recordings in the
U.S., with access to more than 90,000 titles from more than 1,500 labels
shipped from 20 distribution centers. In keeping with its mission of
preservation, promotion, and efficient distribution of classical music,
ArkivMusic’s innovative production-on-demand ArkivCD
allows consumers to find and purchase out-of-print recordings
alongside the in-print catalog.

ArkivMusic is a subsidiary of
Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.


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