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Winterreise in a warm bed of Strings

It appears that Martijn Cornet (Baritone) and Ragazze Quartet have created something very special indeed. The announcement of this new Channel Classics release has led to articles in national newspapers, various radio show performances & interviews, 5-star reviews, a livestream album release concert, CD of the Week specials, and a TV appearance.

Wim ten Have arranged Schubert’s Winterreise especially for Martijn Cornet and Ragazze Quartet. The performance brings along a “disarming tenderness” (De Gelderlander, 5 STARS).

Music by Ragazze Quartet

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Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all of our website visitors a happy, healthy and musical 2021.

In the meantime we have been preparing our upcoming 2021 releases, such as:

– 22 January 2021
CCS 43221: Ning Feng – Paganini 24 Caprices + 1

– 5 February 2021
CCS 43721: Marie Stockmarr Becker & Ilaria Macedonio – J.S. Bach Sonatas for Viola (da Gamba) and Harpsichord

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30th Anniversary Concert

We are getting ready to celebrate Channel Classics’ 30th Anniversary Concert through a livestream on Facebook. On Thursday December 17th at 8pm CET / 7pm GMT / 2pm EST. Recorded in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.

The performing Channel Artists include Rosanne Philippens, Ragazze Quartet, Nicholas Schwartz, Dana Zemtsov, Paolo Giacometti and Anna Fedorova. The programme consists of works by Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Caroline Shaw, Borys Fedorov, William Kroll, Frédéric Chopin and George Enescu. The concert ends with a work written by David Jay Murray for all of the participating musicians together, featuring themes of Mahler’s First Symphony, Happy Birthday and some other festive melodies. We hope you will enjoy the show.

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Rachel Podger: Goldberg Variations Reimagined

Brecon Baroque Festival (Online Edition) is taking place October 23-25, 2020! Everyone around the world is invited to join Rachel Podger and the gang in Brecon, Wales.

The 2020 Festival features the eagerly-awaited première of Chad Kelly’s The Goldberg Variations Reimagined created especially for Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque.
There is also a documentary about the project featuring all the musicians plus celebrated author, Horatio Clare. The Festival is bookended by Rachel Podger and Chad Kelly with an introductory talk and an interactive Q&A event to round-off the weekend.
You can purchase a discounted Festival Pass (20 GBP, 22 EUR, 26 USD) for the whole programme, or individual tickets.
Tickets (and multiple viewings) will be valid for at least one month.

The Brecon Baroque Festival is putting 15% of all ticket sales into a fund for Channel Classics to make a professional CD recording possible of the same programme: Chad Kelly’s “Goldberg Variations Reimagined” by Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque.

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Iván Fischer’s Mahler Cycle

Mahler’s beauty always hurts. His work has a certain lyricism to it that is incredibly moving. Especially in the slow movements you can hear a certain love, almost a divine kind of love. It flows, endlessly.
– Iván Fischer


Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude their Mahler Cycle with Das Lied von der Erde. Find all of their Mahler recordings here.

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Livestream ‘Silhouettes’ Concert!

On Wednesday July 1st 2020, violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova gave their CD-Presentation Concert for 100 people audience in the main hall of Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

We facilitated for the concert to be filmed and recorded, which was broadcasted as a Livestream on Facebook. It only took a few days for over 50.000 people to watch it! You can watch and listen to the livestream here.

Disc & Downloads are available Here on our website.
Select your preferred platform to Stream the album ‘Silhouettes’ here.

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Double 5 Star BBC Music Review for Anna Fedorova

“…That Anna Fedorova has a special feeling for this work is not only evident in her introductory essay in the booklet: the way the second theme – the work’s first moment of quintessential Rachmaninov – emerges dream-like out of silence is very special…”

” … Fedorova’s reflective yet never over-indulgent style of playing is also evident in the preludes. Her technique is fluent but never facile – witness the crystalline textures of the G sharp minor Prelude. …”

“… the Paganini Rhapsody initially appears a scintillating and very extensive encore, demonstrating Fedorova’s fire and theatrical qualities…”

“… we enter a more enchanted world, and Fedorova’s characteristically thoughtful interpretation from that point makes us hear that there’s far more to that work than mere pyrotechnics, culminating quite naturally in the celebrated 18th variation”.

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The Making Of: “Silhouettes”

We have just released ‘Silhouettes’ by violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova.

“Each piece in this album has its own story, its own thoughts and feelings. However, throughout it, if you listen with your eyes closed, you will occasionally sense the presence of a furtive silhouette ‘à la Française’.”
— Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova (from liner notes)

To get a taste, here’s the “Making Of” video, just published on YouTube:

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30th Anniversary Celebrations

Channel Classics Records launches a 30% Off Storewide Sale on all orders over 30 Euros to celebrate our 30th birthday!

Use code: 30years (valid through June 1, 2020)

During these thirty years, Jared Sacks has made recordings with Rachel Podger, Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ning Feng, Paolo Giacometti, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Bach Society, Rick Stotijn, Pieter Wispelwey, Rosanne Philippens, and many others. Resulting in a total of 436 recordings to date.

For our festive 30 Years of Channel Classics compilation Album, Gramophone Editor-in-chief James Jolly picked 13 of his favorite tracks.

The mp3 and 44.1 CD-Quality download editions are available Free of Charge!

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The first review is in!

Anna Fedorova: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1, Preludes, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. With Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, under the baton of Modestas Pitrenas.

“The inherent technical difficulties seem to disappear under Federova’s exquisite, yet firm toucher. For completeness sake, I checked with other versions in my library if there were comparable or better readings. I could not find any. (…) DSD 64 quality is heavenly good, with a convincing, not overstretched spatial and discrete ambient soundstage, putting the listener in the best seat in the Hall.”

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio.net