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General Questions


Where can I get CDs that are Out of Stock or Out of Print?

We try to keep as many of our back catalog titles in print as possible. In the event that a title you are looking for is either temporarily unavailable or has been discontinued, it will in most cases be available as a download via the usual online platforms like iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, etc. 

What types of music does hänssler CLASSIC sell?

For more than 40 years, hänssler CLASSIC has been associated with Dean of choral music conductors, Helmuth Rilling. It was the life-long vision of then-company director, Friedrich Hänssler to record the complete church cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. This dream found its realization in the artistry of Prof. Rilling and his ensembles in 1985, earning for hänssler CLASSIC the coveted Grand Prix du Disque. Following this extraordinary accomplishment, hänssler CLASSIC continued to focus on large-scale choral works from the 18th and 19th centuries, oratorios and of course, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

At the dawn of the new century, hänssler CLASSIC entered into a dynamic, creative partnership with the orchestras and ensembles of the SWR (Südwestrundfunk) – one of Germany’s largest broadcast networks. Over the past ten years, this dynamic partnership has not only documented the incredible artistry of the orchestras and ensembles of the SWR but has also made available for the FIRST TIME many previously inaccessible treasures from the vaults of the SWR, to the delight of discerning collectors throughout the world.

hänssler CLASSIC has also established relations with numerous independent artists and ensembles, including the Amadeus Guitar Duo, award-winning lutenist Joachim Held, Taiwanese-American pianist Jenny Lin and triple-Grammy®-nominated South African pianist, Petronel Malan.

In addition to a core catalog representing nearly 300 years of classical music, haenssler CLASSIC also produces many anthologies and compilations for the casual listener, offering something to suit virtually every mood.