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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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Channel’s Black Friday Sale!

This year, Channel Classics celebrates Black Friday with a 15% storewide sale, with the exception of our 4 newest releases. The discount applies to all discs & downloads, from November 18 until November 29, 2021. We hope you will enjoy the discount and the music!

Channel Classics Records
Black Friday Storewide Sale
15% OFF Discs & Downloads
Use Code: BF2021

These 4 recent releases are not part of the 15% Off sale but listed here, as you may want to get a copy anyway!

Here we have listed the Best Selling Titles of our Channel Classics website.

Most are from baroque violinist Rachel Podger and Budapest Festival Orchestra & Iván Fischer, but you will also find Florilegium and Holland Baroque in this list.

And now for some favorites from recording & mastering engineer Jared Sacks…

Or you can browse the catalogue yourself to discover even more wonderful music! Just click the button to start your search, and enjoy the 15% discount until November 29, 2021.

Remember to use the coupon code: BF2021

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New disc of Rosanne Philippens

“I dreamt at length about forming an ensemble of Dutch top musicians to record the Haydn violin concertos and the arrangement of the Stravinsky Divertimento in a play&direct setting. Empty corona diaries suddenly presented a short-term opportunity. (…) Preparations for the present album have offered us much lightness in the dark months of the corona crisis.”

Out Now on Disc, Download & Streaming platforms!

Rosanne Philippens plays Haydn & Stravinsky with The Vondel Strings

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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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Oyster Duo and the ‘Stolen Pearls’

On May 7, 2021 we released the album “Stolen Pearls” by the Oyster Duo.
Nicholas Schwartz, double bass
Anna Fedorova, piano

  • The super innovative and versatile Release Concert video can be watched here. (For free.)
  • Their funny and quirky 2-minute trailer video in which they actually steal pearls and perform music can be enjoyed here. (For free.)
  • ClassicFM has posted their performance video of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, now watched 50.000 times! Watch and listen here. (For free.)
  • Dutch national newspaper NRC gives the album 5 stars in this wonderful review.

If the videos, performances, music and/or 5-star review have inspired you to hear more.. feel free to purchase a Disc or Download! 🙂
Oyster Duo: Stolen Pearls – ALBUM PAGE:

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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.