In the press

Here is what the press wrote about Channel Classics

You can find specific quotes and reviews about the recordings on the album pages.

(…) Is like a breath of fresh air in every respect. This is one of the most immediately inviting multi-channel recordings I’ve heard, full of effortlessly crafted, tonally grateful detail and conveying a fine sense of an aptly scaled acoustic. Gramophone

(…) Boasting vividly truthful sound and admirable balance (audiophile’s sound make a beeline to the SACD equivalent), this classy Channel Classics release has already afforded me heaps of stimulation and pleasure. Gramophone

(…) you won’t be disappointed by the excellent sound, which gives vivid life to the theorbo selections and perfectly balances voice and instrument in an intimate acoustic setting.
Classics Today

(…) listen to the SACD version, which has a more detailed and finely of the wonderful playing to be found on the standard cd release. Classic FM

(…) Channel Classics’ sound on this Hybrid Super Audio CD is truly super, its full-featured dynamic range and clarity lending impressive realism to an unusual and well -produced program that easily stands out among the dozens of new Christmas recordings. Classics Today.com (…)Masterful choir singing absolutely captivated and surrounded me in a multichannel wonder. Audiophile Audition

(…) This superb recital, aided by a crystal-clear SACD recorded sound (even on a conventional cd player), is the perfect place to make its acquaintance. (…) terrific performances in matching surround sound. (…) International Record Review

(…) ‘This imaginative, intriguing program is supported not only by superb performances but also by spectacular recorded sound typical of Dutch labels. It’s hard to imagine anything lovelier than this CD – This is, until one hears the SACD layer, on which the strings glide even more smoothly and pounce with even fiercer determination. The surround-sound listener is floated right into the ensemble. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! James H. North’ (Fanfare)

(…)just in terms of its audio quality, this double SACD is a collector’s dream, with nearly ideal timbres and splendid resonance in 5.0 surround sound and DSD recording; so if you are looking for a “Resurrection” that sounds like the end of the world, this package may fill the bill.  (All music about Fischer’s Mahler 2)

(…)As seems to be par for the course, no one makes better sounding SACD productions than Channel Classics. The sound is breathtakingly realistic in all formats, with perfect balances and a clarity to the treble and presence in the bass that has to be heard to be believed. (Classicstoday) Bohemian album

(…) the sound – as one expects with Channel Classics’ state of the art-super-audio recordings – aspired to a direct emotional energy, most effectively realised here in Zomer’s warmly controlled middle register, (Gramophone)

(…)The sound quality on this release is up to the usual Channel Classics standard; that is to say, it is exemplary! Recorded in the comfortable acoustics of the Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the sound, especially in multichannel mode, is wonderfully natural in well-focused ambiance, De Waal perfectly distanced from the microphones. This is surely another triumph for Jared Sacks and his team, and a contender for one of my discs of the year. (Audiofile Audition)

(…)What Channel Classics SACD version adds is a new bloom and sense of openness that are really quite gratifyingly startling. This is simply an outstandingly good disc on a technical level in both versions. Happily, the quality of the music and the music – making is also exceptionally high. (International Record Review)

(…)The playing and singing on this SACD are as good as any that I have ever heard. I have never heard a bad recording from Channel Classic. Producer and engineer C. Jared Sacks seems to have ears every bit as those of the fine musicians he records. (www.soundstage.com)

(…)As usual, Channel’s master engineer C. Jared Sacks captures the essence of each space he’s working in.
(Andrew Quint for The absolute sound)

Channel’s surround sound is simply brilliant, and I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by this recording.
(Steven Ritter for Audiophile Audition about “The Peace of Utrecht” CCS 29810)

AS one expects from this label, the superb sound engineering and the artistic integrity of the project are second to none.
(David Vickers for Gramophone Magazine 2010 Peace of Utrecht / Netherlands Bach Society)

(…)an extraordinary performance, and the engineering is as natural and life-like, in stereo or SACD multi-channel formats, as the music-making itself. Fischer continues to sustain his reputation as one of the finest conductors around in any repertoire. Beethoven Symphony no. 4,6 [12/1/2010] (David Hurwitz for ClassicsToday)

But that Channel Classics sound may be precisely why you need this disc – this very well might be the best sounding disc of Beethoven Symphonies I own. I give this disc five stars – it hits on all cylinders, and the performances are every bit the equal of the superb sound – it’s definitely on my ten best of 2010 list. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more emotionally involving, yet technically perfect performance. Very highly recommended! (Audiophile Audition Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 6)

…What Channel Classics SACD version adds is a new bloom and sense of openness that are really quite gratifyingly startling. This is simply an outstandingly good disc on a technical level in both versions. Happily, the quality of the music and the music – making is also exceptionally high.  (International Record Review)