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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,
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Celebrate Beethoven – Sale.

Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago. During the 57 years that followed, he wrote an astounding amount of astounding music. At the start of this year we offer you a 15% discount on every Beethoven album we have in our Catalogue. You will find the 19 recordings in the ‘browse albums’ button below.

coupon code: BEETHOVEN15
discount: 15 percent
valid on: CDs, SACDs, Downloads
expires: February 15th

Happy Listening!!!
Team Channel Classics

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Santa Claus is coming to….

Channel Classics!

To all the musical Santas out there, take a look and listen here! 🎶💿

Over 50 recordings are now available at 5,99 Euro per SACD or CD in the link below. Same day shipping.

Here’s the wonderful selection of recordings with Johannette Zomer, Florilegium, Rick Stotijn, The Netherlands Bach Society, Rosanne Philippens, Wim Van Hasselt, Dejan Lazić, Paolo Giacometti, Jörgen van Rijen, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and more.

link —> CDs at a Very Special Price

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Fischer’s Beethoven 1 & 5

“Fischer’s transition from scherzo’s conclusion to the blazing C major of the finale is magnificently delivered.

Though the seemingly unstoppable release of fine recordings of Beethoven symphonies on download, CD, Blu-ray and SACD means that collectors have an enviable, if bewildering choice of competing versions available for their libraries, this one certainly joins the select few top recommendations for a coupling of these two works.

The 5.0 DSD recording was made in the generous acoustic of the Palace of Arts, Budapest in February 2017 by Jared Sacks who also undertook the editing and mastering processes. In terms of tonal warmth, clarity and a commendably wide soundstage it achieves the peerless standard of sound quality familiar from Channel Classics releases.”

© 2019 Graham Williams and

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Storewide Sale

“The Storewide Sale is valid on all of the 430 recordings that I made with artists on both Channel Classics Records as well as Just Listen Records. I hope it will invite you to discover more music for the cosy month of december that lies ahead of us.” 
– C. Jared Sacks

use code: 25percent

The sale ends on December 2nd, 2019.

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Storyteller & Rachmaninoff

While we are in the middle of releasing Anna Fedorova’s solo album “Storyteller” with works by Chopin | Liszt | Scriabin, she is currently in Switzerland for the next release!

Jared Sacks and Daan van Aalst are recording ANNA FEDOROVA and Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, conducted by Modestas Pitrenas perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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Tchaikovsky, Arensky

Today we released Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s Tchaikovsky, Arensky. Available now as Disc & Download on this website! The international release date is September 27, 2019.

Tchaikovsky’s Serenade is one of the most beautiful of all works for string ensemble, and it has been frequently performed by Amsterdam Sinfonietta since its establishment in 1988.

Arensky wrote his Second String Quartet in memory of the composer, with whom he was befriended. His homage overflows with melancholy and dark tone colours. The middle movement, based on a song by Tchaikovsky, was later arranged by Arensky for string orchestra.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta took upon itself to arrange and perform the entire Second Quartet. In Tchaikovsky’s footsteps, Arensky made use here of religious chant and motifs from Russian folk music.