Chandos offers some of its classic recordings in a new format –
high-quality preloaded memory sticks – for the first time.

Initially, twelve collections will be made available on USB drives from Chandos’ catalogue, each stick either based on a themed series, such as ‘film music’ and ‘Contemporaries of Mozart’, or a composer, for example Sir Malcolm Arnold and Sir William Walton. The Vaughan Williams symphony collection will include a bonus interview with Richard Hickox and James Jolly.

Customers have a choice of purchasing the music files in Lossless FLAC or WMA, each offering sound of CD quality. Each memory stick comes loaded with the artwork, sleeve notes, and, where necessary, full texts and translations. Each stick will in addition offer all the tracks as MP3s, free of charge.

Memory sticks offer two clear advantages over compact discs: first, they take up virtually no room at all, yet offer a huge amount of music; second, a vast quantity of music will be available for less money than the equivalent amount on CDs. A further advantage is that the music will transfer much faster to your computer than at current download speeds.

Ralph Couzens, the Managing Director of Chandos Records, says: ‘We feel that the memory stick offers a new and genuinely advantageous way of purchasing music for the collector. We are able to offer our recordings at a very competitive price whilst still maintaining the sound quality for which we have become famous. Its space saving appeal is something that many serious collectors will very much welcome.’

All titles available from

The twelve titles, available from 22 February 2011, are:

CHUSB 0001

Contemporaries of Mozart, Vol. 1
Baguer; Clementi; Gossec; Gyrowetz; Kozeluch; Krommer; M. Haydn; Pichl; Pleyel; Rosetti; Stamitz; Vanhal. All with the LMP, Matthias Bamert

CHUSB 0002 £99.99 Contemporaries of Mozart, Vol. 2
Boccherini; Cannabich; Herschel; Hoffmeister; Marsh; L. Mozart; Myslivecek; Richter; Salieri; Vogler; Wesley; Wranitzky. All with the LMP, Matthias Bamert
CHUSB 0003 £99.99 Film Music, Vol. 1
Addinsell; Arnold, Vols 1 & 2; Alwyn, Vols 1 & 2; Auric; Bax; Bennett; Bliss; Rawsthorne; Shostakovich, Vols 1 & 2; Vaughan Williams, Vols 1 & 2
CHUSB 0004
Film Music, Vol. 2
Addison; Alwyn, Vol. 3; Berners & Lambert; Black; Chagrin; Goodwin; Gunning; Herrmann; Korngold, Vols 1 & 2; Parker; Shostakovich, Vol. 3; Spoliansky; Vaughan Williams, Vol. 3
CHUSB 0005
Wagner: The complete ‘Ring’ Cycle
Reginald Goodall’s classic Sadler’s Wells recording, sung in English
CHUSB 0006
Elgar: Oratorios
The Apostles; The Black Knight; Caractacus; The Dream of Gerontius; The Kingdom; The Light of Life. All conducted by Richard Hickox
CHUSB 0007
Black Dyke Mills Band
Twenty-three classic recordings CHUSB 0008 Vaughan Williams: Symphonies £99.99 Symphonies Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8. All with the London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (featuring a bonus interview with Richard Hickox and James Jolly)
CHUSM 0009
Hummel: Piano and Orchestral Works
Concertos, chamber music, ballet music
CHUSB 0010
William Walton, Vol. 1
Film music, symphonies, ballets, chamber works, vocal, etc.
CHUSB 0011

William Walton, Vol. 2
Concertos, operas, chamber & orchestral works, etc.

CHUSB 0014
Arnold: Orchestral Works
Overtures, symphonies, string quartets, film music

For further information, please got to the Chandos webpage