Recording our first CD (part 5: distribution)

In these three months, we have sold the CDs at all concerts we gave in the Netherlands. The most overwhelming demand for our CDs was at a house concert in Amsterdam where the guests asked for our autographs. More recently in Rotterdam, one lady asked for our autograph and we replied, you mean our CD? We had forgotten to announce that we had CDs to sell.

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It’s been three months since we “released” our first CD. We did not announce that we would be releasing it at the 17th April Music and Amuses (Muziek en Amuses) house concert in Utrecht. We weren’t sure it would be ready. Despite the sprint to get all the files to the CD pressers in March, we could not meet the deadline to get them for our trip to Taiwan in early April 2010. So we took a European approach of the soft sell, i.e. not big publicity American style but the quiet one of getting feedback.

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo CD Summer released in 2010
Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo CD Summer released in 2010

In these three months, we have sold the CDs at all concerts we gave in the Netherlands. The most overwhelming demand for our CDs was at a house concert in Amsterdam where the guests asked for our autographs. More recently in Rotterdam, one lady asked for our autograph and we replied, you mean our CD? We had forgotten to announce that we had CDs to sell.

It’s not enough to sell CDs at our concerts. We have received many requests from abroad and those who have not been able to come to our concerts: how do we get a copy of your CD?

Today I finally registered the CD on CDBaby and created a page on our main website. Soon the CD will be available in physical and digital form, including single tracks as mp3 downloads from itunes. It is also possible to order it directly from us. Just e-mail us with your request. It’s 15 euros or equivalent in USD or STG plus postage and packaging.

Now is also the time to copy and paste the feedback we have been receiving from listeners of our CD. The quotes are on the left-hand side of the CD page.

The CD is recorded and produced entirely in the Netherlands, with the last piece being a live recording. As mentioned in my earlier blog in this series, we tried several locations for the recording.

The Potpourri of Hummel was recorded on a Steinway grand piano at Leendert Meeshuis, Bilthoven. The work of Giuliani was recorded on a Yamaha grand in the Theatre Hall of Pier K Music School, Nieuw Vennep. The pieces by Vivaldi, Torroba, and Rodrigo were recorded in the new studio of Centrum Muziek XXI, Utrecht (Bechstein grand piano). The Romanza of Mozart was recorded on an August Forster grand piano from a live concert at Chapel Mariëngaerde Mariënweide, Warmond.

Author: BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.

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