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Editor’s Choice for Ragazze Quartet!

‘In reviewing the first volume of Bartók quartets featuring these Dutch-based players I affirmed that ‘the Ragazze Quartet certainly cut the mustard. If Vol. 2 is as good as this, there’ll be cause to celebrate’ (7/19). Happily, I can suggest you raise a glass to this second volume, which is, if anything, even finer than the first.’

Bartók Bound Vol. 2 is Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice of this month 🥳.

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Outhere Music acquires Channel Classics

Channel Classics is proud to be part of the Outhere Music family. Jared Sacks will continue to collaborate closely with Channel Classics to further develop the label and its unique spirit.

Jared Sacks, Founder, Engineer and Producer of Channel Classics, says: “With teams in Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Milan, London, and recently Mexico, I am proud that Outhere Music will provide an even wider reach for Channel Classics. They will promote artists and their albums through their extensive worldwide digital and physical network. By this acquisition, Charles confirms his policy of supporting creative labels.”

Charles Adriaenssen, Founder and President of Outhere Music, says: “I’m delighted that Channel Classics is joining our group. Jared is a mythical figure in the world of classical music and we share a passion for quality and beauty. I’m proud and happy to work with him to perpetuate and develop his label within our family.”

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Recording Amsterdam Sinfonietta & Thomas Oliemans

We have just recorded the album “Formidable!

French Chansons with baritone & pianist Thomas Oliemans, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, pianist Bert van den Brink, flugel player Ruben Drenth, and drummer Jens Meijer.

Curious? Listen to this heart melting live TV performance of ‘Que reste-t-il de nos amours’ at Podium Witteman from 2019:
We were live in that studio and our first reaction was: Wow, let’s record a full album of this.

“Formidable!” features works by Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel, Gabriel Fauré, Michel Legrand, and more.❤️🇫🇷

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Brahms-cycle: Digital Box Edition!

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have now recorded and released Brahms Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Channel Classics. Alongside the release of Brahms’ Third, we release the Digital Box Edition that features the Symphonies & Other Works by Brahms.

“Leaving the best for last, conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude their acclaimed and punctilious cycle of the symphonies by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) with my personal favorite of all four, the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90. There’s a “cushy”, informal sound to this orchestra and a relaxed yet highly detailed direction by Iván Fischer that befits the lush orchestral writing of Johannes Brahms.”

– Classical Music Sentinel
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Live From London – Christmas

We hope to help bring the Christmas spirit into your homes throughout December 2020, with an unbelievable line-up and wonderful repertoire. It started with ‘our very own’ Rachel Podger on December 1st, after which 15 more concerts will be live streamed!


Ticket-holders will be able to tune in live and/or watch the concerts on demand from the date of broadcast until 15th January, 2021.

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Eelco Grimm’s Favorites #3

In the third episode of Eelco Grimm’s “Channel Classics Favorites” he picks up the thread of his personal history. He offers insight in his music studies, which brings him to recommending Terry Riley’s “Four Four Three” by Ragazze Quartet.

An inspiring read for people interested in music and in what drives Grimm Audio. The album is available with a 30% discount at the Channel Classics Records store this month. Use code: GRIMM03

“After three years of electronics studies and discovering high-end audio through the renowned magazine Audio & Techniek (see this video interview with Jaap Veenstra) I went to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. I followed courses Music Registration and Sonology there.”

Read more here:

Album page:

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Thomas Oliemans & Paolo Giacometti

The recording I made with baritone Thomas Oliemans and pianist Paolo Giacometti – Schubert’s Winterreise – is out now worldwide. Take a look into the studio and listen to fragments of the recording and interviews with Thomas and Paolo on the album page. You will find the video there.

Find the album here on this website (CD & Downloads) as well as at the usual other download stores, streaming platforms and your local CD store!

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BBC Music Magazine’s Concerto Choice

Rosanne Philippens plays Prokofiev is the ‘Concerto Choice’

BBC Music Magazine’s reviewer David Nice has awarded violinist Rosanne Philippens the prestigious ‘Concerto Choice’ in the current issue of the magazine, January 2018.

BBC Music Magazine
5 stars for the Performance and 5 stars for the Recording

Rosanne Philippens plays Prokofiev

We would like to congratulate Rosanne Philippens, pianist Julien Quentin, St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and conductor Otto Tausk with this wonderful achievement!! What a great way to start the new year!

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Last week’s recording in Poland

Last week I traveled to Katowice in Poland to record J.S. Bach Concertos with the wonderful harpsichord player Marcin Swiatkiewicz. Marcin plays with Brecon Baroque so you can already hear him in many productions with Rachel Podger. What makes this recording extra special is that he uses three different harpsichords for the three Bach Concertos. The accompaniment is stripped down to string quartet which creates a more intimate sound to these pieces. 

– Jared Sacks, founder and recording engineer of Channel Classics Records

> This recording will be released in the spring of 2018.

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The Guardian reviews our 3 latest releases

Ebony Quartet: Unheard (CD of the Week)
“All these pieces are played with tremendous commitment and finesse by the Ebony Quartet, who transmit their belief in its enduring quality in every bar.”
read The Guardian review

Dragon Quartet: Dvórak and Schubert Quartets (Album Page)
“If you don’t already have recordings and want this combination, these are fresh, played with pinpoint accuracy, well paced and free from excessive vibrato.”
read The Guardian review

Ashley Solomon: Telemann Twelve Sonatas for Solo Flute
“The articulation is immaculate, the rhythms are buoyant and the recording quality, done in big church acoustics, is immediate and generous.”
read The Guardian review