First 7 DVD-Audio Titles from Warner Music Group 
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Monday, 02 October 2000

Warner Music Group (WMG) will be releasing seven DVD-Audio titles on November 7, 2000 and is preparing a large number of titles for future release. This makes WMG the first major music company to offer albums in the high-resolution, multichannel DVD-Audio format.

The first releases are: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5, conducted by Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin; Core, by Stone Temple Pilots; Tigerlily, by Natalie Merchant; Johann Strauss in Berlin, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Berlin Philharmonic; Brain Salad Surgery, by Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Hommage a l'Orchestre Lamoureux: Chabrier's Espana & Ravel's Bolero, with Orchestre Lamoureux conducted by Yutaka Sado, and The Bedroom Mixes, by the Jazz At The Movies Band.

All DVD-Audio releases from WMG will be compatible with both DVD-Audio and DVD-Video players said Dave Mount, Chairman and CEO of WEA Inc (Warner/Elektra/Atlantic.) Only DVD-Audio-enabled devices will provide high-resolution surround sound and stereo playback.

With the new DVD-Audio format, consumers will have the flexibility of being able to play the discs in three ways: first, in Advanced Resolution surround sound; second, in Advanced Resolution stereo; and third, for those who own a DVD-Video player but have not yet upgraded to DVD-Audio, DVD-Video compatible Dolby® Digital surround. This last feature will enable the discs to be played in the nearly 10 million DVD-Video players already in U.S. homes.

Beyond the enhanced listening experience, DVD-Audio discs offer many other unique features to increase the enjoyment of this new format: in addition to brief DVD-Video quality music videos and artist commentary, when played on new DVD-Audio players, "visual menus" with remote navigation may also offer access to "photo gallery" still pictures, artist bios, discography and credits or song lyrics viewable during Advanced Resolution playback.

Additional artists whose work is already in development for future release include: Barenaked Ladies, Barenboim conducting Beethoven's complete symphonies, Buena Vista Social Club, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, The Corrs, Olu Dara, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, The Doors, Firesign Theatre, Bela Fleck,
Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Fourplay, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, k.d. lang, Zubin Mehta conducting Orff's Carmina Burana, Mehta conducting Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Metallica, Pat Metheny, Luis Miguel, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart and Take 6.

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