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Title: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 25, 2010, 02:25:46 AM
Fellow GMG'ers,

A new thread with the purpose of recommending interesting labels and providing links to relevant online resources where we can see, listen to, or buy these recordings.

Naturally the smaller, specialised "boutique" labels, sometimes hard to find and with rarities in terms of repertoire and performers will be of the most interest.

I give the floor to you and will from time to time post my own "special labels". :)

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 25, 2010, 02:46:11 AM
I'll start off with recommended two very interesting Czech labels, specialised in Czech Early Music & Baroque repertoire and HIPPI recordings.

(http://www.nibiru-publishers.com/Sources/8)

Nibiru publishers (http://www.nibiru-publishers.com/index.php?action=Listing&S=Hudba&lang=English) also issues CD's.

Some Zelenka rarities have been critically acclaimed:

(http://www.nibiru-publishers.com/Products/35) (http://www.nibiru-publishers.com/Products/111)


(http://www.arta.cz/arta/templates/default/img/logo.gif)

Arta Records (http://www.arta.cz/index.php?p=katalog&site=en&k=arta_klasika) is another beauty.

Loads of HIPPI stuff, for instance by the Antiquarius Quartet Praga or organist/ harpsichordist/ clavichordist/ pianist Jaroslav Tůma for instance! :)

(http://www.arta.cz/arta/site/Image/f10114.jpg) (http://www.arta.cz/arta/site/Image/f10136.jpg)

In short: heaps and heaps of pure musical gold, ready to be dug up by GMG members! ;D

Q



Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bogey on April 25, 2010, 04:29:00 AM
I have always been a big fan of the label:

Perfect timing Que!  I am about to snap up a couple from this label, that headquarters out of the U.S. and Canada:

(http://www.musicalheritage.com/img/mhs/mhs_logo.png)

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:drZWK1864xedsM:http://static.rateyourmusic.com/lk/f/b/2c9a2b61514fde3785989892bd6efd0c/475883.jpg)

Most of their covers for cds and lps were simply black and white.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61a6NIN937L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AGS4C1DNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

I found them to be the Naxos of their time, where some of the artists were a bit more obscure.  They still exist as a place where you can find cds (like a record club, but I do not believe that they continue produce their own cds, which were, I believe just repackaging from other labels). 

The ones that they transferred that I have always been of superior sound quality.  I guess I enjoyed them also because my father-in-law had a few on the shelf and they just stood out.

Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on April 25, 2010, 04:39:21 AM
Difficultly I can think a more appropriate label to be posted here than the Spanish Cantus Records (http://www.cantus-records.com/?lang=en). Going to "Catalogue"/"Audio" you can check out a lot of samples of their releases (basically Early and even Medieval Music).  :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: mc ukrneal on April 25, 2010, 04:49:39 AM
I had posted a list of some earlier, so I repost it here as it may be useful:

CD Companies (producers)
BIS (http://www.bis.se/index.php)
Capriccio (http://www.capriccio.at/)
Chandos (http://www.chandos-records.com/)
Dacapo (http://www.dacapo-records.dk/)
Decca (http://www.deccaclassics.com/)
DG (http://www2.deutschegrammophon.com/): Also see Decca
ECM (http://www.ecmrecords.com/Startseite/startseite.php) EMI  (http://www.emiclassics.com/)
Genesis (http://www.genesisrecords.com/)
Harmonia Mundi (http://www.harmoniamundi.com/)
Hyperion (http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/)
MDG (http://www.mdg.de/)
Naxos (http://www.naxos.com/): Marco Polo and other labels can be found here as well
Ondine (http://www.ondine.net/index.php)
Onyx (http://www.onyxclassics.com/)
Parnassus (http://www.parnassusrecords.com/)
Philips (http://www.deccaclassics.com/): Same site as Decca
Qualiton (http://www.qualiton.com/)
Regis (http://www.regisrecords.co.uk/)
Sony (http://www.sonymasterworks.com/)
Sterling (http://www.sterlingcd.com/)
Warner Classics and Jazz (http://www.warnerclassicsandjazz.com/)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 25, 2010, 09:14:05 AM
Difficultly I can think a more appropriate label to be posted here than the Spanish Cantus Records (http://www.cantus-records.com/Eng/e_index.htm). Going to "Catalogue"/"Audio" you can check out a lot of samples of their releases (basically Early and even Medieval Music).  :)

The recommendation for Spanish Cantus strongly seconded! :)

And what about the newish Dutch Early music and primarily Baroque label Ramée (http://www.ramee.org/cataloguegb.html)?

(http://www.ramee.org/images/logo-p.gif) (http://www.ramee.org/cataloguegb.html)

I have only one issue so far, but: superbly recorded and stylish packaging.

Its relatively little spoken of in the Anglophone press, but several issues got raving reviews in the German and the French speaking press :)

All those mouth watering goodies out there! :o

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: George on April 25, 2010, 09:48:35 AM
(http://www.andante.com/images/Articles/Ward170x236.jpg) (photo of Ward Marston)

Marston Records

412 North Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081 - 610.690.1703 [voice] - 610.328.6355 [fax]
info@marstonrecords.com [e-mail]
http://www.marstonrecords.com/html/about.htm [website]

about Marston

    A new classical and opera reissue label, Marston was founded by the respected producer and re-recording engineer Ward Marston. In 1997, Mr. Marston was nominated for the "Best Historical Album" Grammy Award for his production work on BMG's Fritz Kreisler collection. According to the Chicago Tribune, Marston's name is "synonymous with tender loving care to collectors of historical CDs." Opera News calls his work "revelatory," and Fanfare deems him "miraculous."

    In 1996, Mr. Marston received the Gramophone award for "Historical Vocal Record of the Year," honoring his production and engineering work on Romophone's complete recordings of Lucrezia Bori. He also served as as re-recording engineer for the Franklin Mint's Arturo Toscanini issue and BMG's Sergei Rachmaninov recordings, both winners of the "Best Historical Album" Grammy.

    Born blind in 1952, Mr. Marston has amassed tens of thousands of opera classical records over the past four decades. Following a stint in radio while a student at Williams College, he became well-known as a reissue producer in 1979, when he restored the earliest known stereo recording, made by the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1932.

    In the past, Mr. Marston has produced records for BMG, EMI, CBS, Biddulph, and Romophone. Now, he is bringing his distinctive sonic vision to bear on works released by his own label. Ultimately, his goal is to make the music he remasters sound "as natural as possible" and "true to life" by "lifting the voices" off his old 78s. Superior liner notes and performances are also part of the plan for Marston, which aims to "promote the importance of preserving old recordings" and make available the works of "great musicians who need to be heard."
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Coopmv on April 25, 2010, 09:54:18 AM
(http://www.andante.com/images/Articles/Ward170x236.jpg) (photo of Ward Marston)

Marston Records

412 North Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081 - 610.690.1703 [voice] - 610.328.6355 [fax]
info@marstonrecords.com [e-mail]
http://www.marstonrecords.com/html/about.htm [website]

about Marston

    A new classical and opera reissue label, Marston was founded by the respected producer and re-recording engineer Ward Marston. In 1997, Mr. Marston was nominated for the "Best Historical Album" Grammy Award for his production work on BMG's Fritz Kreisler collection. According to the Chicago Tribune, Marston's name is "synonymous with tender loving care to collectors of historical CDs." Opera News calls his work "revelatory," and Fanfare deems him "miraculous."

    In 1996, Mr. Marston received the Gramophone award for "Historical Vocal Record of the Year," honoring his production and engineering work on Romophone's complete recordings of Lucrezia Bori. He also served as as re-recording engineer for the Franklin Mint's Arturo Toscanini issue and BMG's Sergei Rachmaninov recordings, both winners of the "Best Historical Album" Grammy.

    Born blind in 1952, Mr. Marston has amassed tens of thousands of opera classical records over the past four decades. Following a stint in radio while a student at Williams College, he became well-known as a reissue producer in 1979, when he restored the earliest known stereo recording, made by the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1932.

    In the past, Mr. Marston has produced records for BMG, EMI, CBS, Biddulph, and Romophone. Now, he is bringing his distinctive sonic vision to bear on works released by his own label. Ultimately, his goal is to make the music he remasters sound "as natural as possible" and "true to life" by "lifting the voices" off his old 78s. Superior liner notes and performances are also part of the plan for Marston, which aims to "promote the importance of preserving old recordings" and make available the works of "great musicians who need to be heard."

George,  Thanks for this wonderful information.  Ward Marston reminded me of Helmut Walcha, who also became blind when he was in his late teens.  But what an organist Walcha subsequently became.  He is still by far the most outstanding organist from the second half of the 20th century in my book ...
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bogey on April 25, 2010, 01:41:54 PM
Great post, George!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: George on April 25, 2010, 01:54:17 PM
Great post, George!

Thanks. It was all lifted from the Marston site, I just cut and pasted it here.  :)

My experience with Marston is that if you call them during business hours, you'll get a hold of a human being without getting placed on hold. Old school, down home service. If a case gets broken during shipping, they'll send you another.

They also have a subscription service where you can subscribe to all of their piano and/or vocal releases. This gets you a free CD every year or so, free/automatic shipping on all new releases and the warm feeling that you are helping to ensure that they can continue to produce the same type of stellar releases that they are known for.   
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on April 26, 2010, 01:07:20 PM
I really hope this thread isn't going to be 'pinned' for much longer, but while it is, let's get a few labels in that I find interesting and that not everyone might know:

Phaedra
http://www.phaedracd.com/ (http://www.phaedracd.com/)
dedicated to Flemish/Belgian composers with some great recordings:
http://www.weta.org/fmblog/?p=293 (http://www.weta.org/fmblog/?p=293)
http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2008/12/best-recordings-of-2008-almost-list.html (http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2008/12/best-recordings-of-2008-almost-list.html)


Genuin
http://www.genuin.de/en/04_d.php?k=66 (http://www.genuin.de/en/04_d.php?k=66)
small German label with a good hand for fine artists.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 26, 2010, 09:17:35 PM
I really hope this thread isn't going to be 'pinned' for much longer

I really do not see why you should have a problem with that. It is meant to be a thread for future reference.

I second the recommendation for Genuin BTW, some nice fortepiano recordings by Koch there.

Another Belgian label - HIPPI & Baroque  ;D - is Flora (http://www.kelys.org/flora/en/catalogue.html), run by violinist François Fernandez, gambist and conductor Philippe Pierlot and cellist and Rainer Zipperling.

(https://scontent-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/164834_104807832928482_2168346_n.jpg) (http://www.kelys.org/flora/en/catalogue.html)

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 26, 2010, 10:44:34 PM
Difficultly I can think a more appropriate label to be posted here than the Spanish Cantus Records (http://www.cantus-records.com/Eng/e_index.htm). Going to "Catalogue"/"Audio" you can check out a lot of samples of their releases (basically Early and even Medieval Music).  :)
But not easy to find a distributor that actually sells these discs. I did a search for some of the titles on some of the usual suspects in countries where the discs are distributed according to the website (no UK distribution BTW); but drew a blank. Let's hope their own webshop soon will be up and running.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on April 27, 2010, 12:47:29 AM
A few labels dedicated to new music ...

https://neos-music.com/


Love Wergo, too... btu NEOS really rocks. Their Weinberg solo viola sonatas disc is fantastic. In fact, I hope they will start including more 20th ct. modern-non-modernist repertoire, too!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 27, 2010, 12:58:36 AM
Their Weinberg solo viola sonatas disc is fantastic.

Thanks for the hint. I'm into Weinberg, but haven't seen that disc reviewed. A short notice in the Weinberg thread perhaps will alert more people to this?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: canninator on April 27, 2010, 01:05:47 AM
But not easy to find a distributor that actually sells these discs. I did a search for some of the titles on some of the usual suspects in countries where the discs are distributed according to the website (no UK distribution BTW); but drew a blank. Let's hope their own webshop soon will be up and running.

Yes, I've been in contact with Jose about getting discs in the UK and he offered to ship some to me but postage was really high. Last I heard he was migrating from his usual host in Nov 2009 but still no webshop.  :(
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 27, 2010, 01:26:35 AM
Yes, I've been in contact with Jose about getting discs in the UK and he offered to ship some to me but postage was really high. Last I heard he was migrating from his usual host in Nov 2009 but still no webshop.  :(
Did't find them on amazon.fr and amazon.de either, even though those countries are lissted as having distribution. Perhaps somebody should tip him that a list of retailers would be a good thing? 
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on April 27, 2010, 02:12:00 AM
Thanks for the hint. I'm into Weinberg, but haven't seen that disc reviewed. A short notice in the Weinberg thread perhaps will alert more people to this?

1.) Where is the Weinberg thread?

2.) Reviewed & raved about (by the Dubster) in the last (or maybe next) Fanfare Mag.

3.) Essay about the interpreter in next Fanfare issues.

4.) Disc here:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dK5E3mCtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Viola Sonatas (solo)
+ Viola Sonata (transcr. from Clarinet Sonata)
+ Fyodor Druzhinin, Viola Sonata (solo)
Rebecca Adler
NEOS SACD
 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365QSFM?ie=UTF8&tag=goodmusicguide-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00365QSFM)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 27, 2010, 02:29:04 AM
1.) Where is the Weinberg thread?

2.) Reviewed & raved about (by the Dubster) in the last (or maybe next) Fanfare Mag.

3.) Essay about the interpreter in next Fanfare issues.

4.) Disc here:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dK5E3mCtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Viola Sonatas (solo)
+ Viola Sonata (transcr. from Clarinet Sonata)
+ Fyodor Druzhinin, Viola Sonata (solo)
Rebecca Adler
NEOS SACD
 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365QSFM?ie=UTF8&tag=goodmusicguide-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00365QSFM)

The Weinberg thread is here:

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,9883.0.html (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,9883.0.html)

And it seems like I should get my Fanfare online subscription in order! Who is the Dubster BTW?

Interesting amazon review BTW though I don't agree that the Hindemith sonatas are bone dry!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 27, 2010, 08:10:45 AM
But not easy to find a distributor that actually sells these discs. I did a search for some of the titles on some of the usual suspects in countries where the discs are distributed according to the website (no UK distribution BTW); but drew a blank. Let's hope their own webshop soon will be up and running.

Recommended Spanish seller to order Cantus:

http://www.gaudisc.com/shop/

Q


Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on April 27, 2010, 08:23:54 AM
1.) Where is the Weinberg thread?

2.) Reviewed & raved about (by the Dubster) in the last (or maybe next) Fanfare Mag.

3.) Essay about the interpreter in next Fanfare issues.

4.) Disc here:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51dK5E3mCtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Viola Sonatas (solo)
+ Viola Sonata (transcr. from Clarinet Sonata)
+ Fyodor Druzhinin, Viola Sonata (solo)
Rebecca Adler
NEOS SACD
 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00365QSFM?ie=UTF8&tag=goodmusicguide-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00365QSFM)

The Weinberg thread is here:

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,9883.0.html (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,9883.0.html)

And it seems like I should get my Fanfare online subscription in order! Who is the Dubster BTW?

Dubster=Jerry Dubins. Although I doubt that that's his official moniker.  ;)

Thanks for the thread-link.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: DavidW on April 27, 2010, 08:30:43 AM
Wanted to share the link to Pentatone, a very cool small label that specializes in sacds with some remarkable performances in astounding sound and careful remastering classics done with a love the major labels rarely show.

http://www.pentatonemusic.com/index1.htm (http://www.pentatonemusic.com/index1.htm)

 :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on April 27, 2010, 08:35:35 AM
But not easy to find a distributor that actually sells these discs. I did a search for some of the titles on some of the usual suspects in countries where the discs are distributed according to the website (no UK distribution BTW); but drew a blank. Let's hope their own webshop soon will be up and running.

Well, I put a big order through the Cantus site itself. I used the email contact: info@cantus-records.com. They informed me about the shipping and handling charges from Spain to Chile. And then I paid my order sending the money through PayPal. Nice and easy.  :)

 
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 27, 2010, 11:54:51 AM
Well, I put a big order through the Cantus site itself. I used the email contact: info@cantus-records.com. They informed me about the shipping and handling charges from Spain to Chile. And then I paid my order sending the money through PayPal. Nice and easy.  :)
What were the prices like?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bulldog on April 27, 2010, 12:02:28 PM
Wanted to share the link to Pentatone, a very cool small label that specializes in sacds with some remarkable performances in astounding sound and careful remastering classics done with a love the major labels rarely show.

http://www.pentatonemusic.com/index1.htm (http://www.pentatonemusic.com/index1.htm)

 :)

I also love this label and its philosophy.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Scarpia on April 27, 2010, 12:14:00 PM
I also love this label and its philosophy.

It's essentially Philips.  If I recall correctly it was formed by the staff cut loose when Philips was dissolved by Universal Classics.  And they seem to be doing a Bruckner cycle on SACD with Janowski!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Marc on April 27, 2010, 02:17:20 PM
Another Belgian label - HIPPI & Baroque  ;D - is Flora (http://www.kelys.org/flora/en/catalogue.html), run by violinist François Fernandez, gambist and conductor Philippe Pierlot and cellist and Rainer Zipperling.

(http://www.kelys.org/flora/img/partout/logo.gif) (http://www.kelys.org/flora/en/catalogue.html)
I have some Flora's in da house .... and I love them! (Bach 2cd's solo violin works, Bach 2cd cello suites, Haydn barytone divertimenti.)
Recommended!
:)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on April 27, 2010, 02:28:57 PM
Divine Art (http://www.divineartrecords.com/catartist.htm)

I have some excellent discs by Joanna Leach (on square pianos and other domestic instruments) and Peter Katin (Clementi, Schubert and Chopin on P.I.).

 :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Fëanor on April 27, 2010, 04:41:25 PM
Three labels not yet mentioned, (I don't think) ...
 
Reference Recordings (http://www.referencerecordings.com/) -- audiophile recordings mostly using HDCD technology; most have superb sound quality.
 
Analekta (https://www.analekta.com/en/) -- specializing in Canadian conductors and musicians, e.g. Jeanne Lamon & The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
 
Atma Classique (http://www.atmaclassique.com/en/default.aspx) -- another specializing in Canadian performers, e.g. Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on April 28, 2010, 04:11:14 PM
What were the prices like?

Sorry, Erato. I didn't see your post before. The prices for the discs are excellent; unfortunately, shipping and handling costs were rather expensive in my case. I paid EUR 36 ( :o), but it had a cheaper option for EUR 20, also certified and with tracking (but slower). I prefererred the most expensive option because I bought a lot of discs (considered for a long, long time) and I wanted to be totally sure. Anyway, probably my case will be not a good parameter for you because I'm in Chile and usually my sh. and h. charges are highly expensive. I would recommend you to write directly to Cantus. They are extremely kind people and in my case José Carlos Cabello himself, the founder of the label, replied my questions. They will inform you about prices and other charges.  :) 
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on April 28, 2010, 08:30:16 PM
Sorry, Erato. I didn't see your post before. The prices for the discs are excellent; unfortunately, shipping and handling costs were rather expensive in my case. I paid EUR 36 ( :o), but it had a cheaper option for EUR 20, also certified and with tracking (but slower). I prefererred the most expensive option because I bought a lot of discs (considered for a long, long time) and I wanted to be totally sure. Anyway, probably my case will be not a good parameter for you because I'm in Chile and usually my sh. and h. charges are highly expensive. I would recommend you to write directly to Cantus. They are extremely kind people and in my case José Carlos Cabello himself, the founder of the label, replied my questions. They will inform you about prices and other charges.  :)
Thanks, will do in due time!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Teresa on April 30, 2010, 06:25:27 AM
Three labels not yet mentioned, (I don't think) ...
 
Reference Recordings (http://www.referencerecordings.com/) -- audiophile recordings mostly using HDCD technology; most have superb sound quality.
 
Analekta (https://www.analekta.com/en/) -- specializing in Canadian conductors and musicians, e.g. Jeanne Lamon & The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
 
Atma Classique (http://www.atmaclassique.com/en/default.aspx) -- another specializing in Canadian performers, e.g. Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

I second Reference Recordings (http://www.referencerecordings.com/), I like their LPs the best followed closely by the three SACDs they have released so far.   Also their 176.4kHz HRx's are great but very pricey.  Their 96kHz and 88.2kHz hi-rez downloads from HDTracks are a much better value and sound almost as good.  Heck I even love their MP3's.  Reference Recordings is a top label for both Classical and Jazz.

I would also like to add The Concord Music Group (http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/) which includes my favorite record label: Telarc.  They have quit releasing SACDs possibly because the USA no longer has a pressing plant.   Since all the Concord Music Group labels still record in high resolution and Telarc and Heads-Up still records in DSD multichannel, I believe in the future some type of multichannel high resolution will be available from Concord Music Group.  In the meantime some of the Concord labels (not Telarc yet) are available in 2 channel stereo hi-rez 96kHz downloads from HDTracks.

Currently new Telarc recordings are only available on CD and MP3 from the Concord website.  There are many Free 320kpbs downloads (http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/media/audio/) as well as Videos and Podcasts.

The only Atma I have is an MP3 download of my favorite work by Johan de Meij Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings" René Joly, Ensemble Vent et Percussion de Québec.  The music is fantastic though I am not very impressed with it sonically.

I haven't tried Analekta yet.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bulldog on April 30, 2010, 10:48:15 AM
One of the favorite labels for folks on the Bach Cantatas Website is Wildboar Recordings; the company specializes in early and baroque music but extends forward to Schubert.  I've found their recordings combine exceptional production values along with compelling interpretations.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Scarpia on May 04, 2010, 02:48:57 PM
Lyrita

http://www.lyrita.co.uk/

How is it I only found out about the existence of this label in the last few months?  They have some wonderful recordings of obscure and not-so-obscure British music, and the engineering quality of their recordings is exceptional.

Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: George on May 18, 2010, 02:49:21 AM
Just came across this interesting website that does 78 transfers:

http://www.78experience.com/welcome.php?mod=accueil

 The 78 rpm experience

The real sound of the 78 rpm ...

No filtering, exact speed, appropriate needle, re-centering for  absolute stability. When all the frequencies are preserved, the results bring out incredible musicality and presence, a true feeling of live performance. The instrumental and interpretative genius of the greatest musicians of the past is finally revealed.
_______________

Looks interesting...
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Franco on May 18, 2010, 04:49:33 AM
Just came across this interesting website that does 78 transfers:

http://www.78experience.com/welcome.php?mod=accueil

 The 78 rpm experience

The real sound of the 78 rpm ...

No filtering, exact speed, appropriate needle, re-centering for  absolute stability. When all the frequencies are preserved, the results bring out incredible musicality and presence, a true feeling of live performance. The instrumental and interpretative genius of the greatest musicians of the past is finally revealed.
_______________

Looks interesting...

It does look interesting but I wish they had audio samples so I could hear the result.  However, the Sampler is only $4.99, so there's not a huge initial investment to listen to a nice selection of what they have to offer.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: George on May 18, 2010, 07:22:58 AM
It does look interesting but I wish they had audio samples so I could hear the result.  However, the Sampler is only $4.99, so there's not a huge initial investment to listen to a nice selection of what they have to offer.

Yup, that's precisely what I did. I ordered the sampler. It was free because I am a member of the Richter Yahoo group. Just had to pay shipping. Will report back in the listening thread once I have heard it.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: GKC on May 25, 2010, 05:44:54 AM
PRAGA:

http://www.pragadigitals.com/epages/265941.sf

A wonderful chamber music label.  I usually buy from:

http://crotchet.co.uk/

and

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/



Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on August 06, 2010, 02:28:15 AM
Another treasure trove of Baroque & Classical era rarities is French Ambronay, a label of a cultural centre located in the Abbey of Ambronay. Some top notch ecordings there! :) The link leads to their web shop that provides samples.

(http://www.ambronay.org/Zones/files/Zone/donnees/098ea5ef7bc64bb16076b8f94f52e42e.png) (http://www.ambronay.org/Musique-baroque/Boutique/Boutique-disques/r21.html)

Q
Title: HELP!
Post by: snyprrr on September 02, 2010, 11:43:30 AM
oo oo, I got one!

I've been trying to get this Arditti SQ cd (composer Jesus Rueda) from Iberautor,...which also has a factorautor.com (org) address, but I can't seem to order from this site, or contact them, or anything. Can you help me?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Cristofori on September 06, 2010, 04:06:22 PM
I picked up this one at a higher end Borders a while back (Every once in a while, you can find an exotic label like this at the store, never to be seen again).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B001716JKG/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=5174&s=music (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B001716JKG/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=5174&s=music)

This is an Austrian import from a label called Zig Zag Territories (odd name), and the performances and sound quality were fantastic! Even though this is a single CD, it came housed in a nice multi-CD type box with a big beautiful booklet.

I don't know if Baroque is their specialty, but if this is a typical example of their quality, then it is indeed a label to take note of!


Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: DavidRoss on September 06, 2010, 05:56:16 PM
I picked up this one at a higher end Borders a while back (Every once in a while, you can find an exotic label like this at the store, never to be seen again).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B001716JKG/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=5174&s=music (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B001716JKG/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=5174&s=music)

This is an Austrian import from a label called Zig Zag Territories (odd name), and the performances and sound quality were fantastic! Even though this is a single CD, it came housed in a nice multi-CD type box with a big beautiful booklet.

I don't know if Baroque is their specialty, but if this is a typical example of their quality, then it is indeed a label to take note of!
It's a French label.  Some of us were gaga a few months ago over their Beethoven Symphony cycle by Immerseel and Anima Eterna, site here: http://www.zigzag-territoires.com/article.php3?id_article=1135&lang=fr
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Cristofori on September 06, 2010, 06:27:28 PM
It's a French label.  Some of us were gaga a few months ago over their Beethoven Symphony cycle by Immerseel and Anima Eterna, site here: http://www.zigzag-territoires.com/article.php3?id_article=1135&lang=fr
Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure where this label originated as I couldn't find anything on mine that stated specifically, other than it was made in Austria. I thought it might have been Italian, as the Tartini CD I have is extremely Italian in nature both musically and in design.

Of course, I could have just looked at the website... shame on me!  :-[
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on September 06, 2010, 09:46:14 PM
It's a great label, and among my 12-15 discs from them there is not a single dud. Production values are impeccable. A very similar label to look into is Fuga Libera from Belgium (latest aquisition; a wonderful disc of Porpora Notturni).
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Scarpia on September 18, 2010, 04:00:40 AM
Cappricio is bankrupt and closed for business?  I hadn't heard of it, but after seeing mention of it in an Amazon review found some mention of it on the web (http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Rec/rec.music.classical.recordings/2008-10/msg03946.html, for example). Apparently the manager of Cappricio has founded Phoenix records.   I suppose this means no new Cappricio recordings, but what of distribution of existing Cappricio recordings?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on September 18, 2010, 04:49:09 AM
That's quite some time ago. The Capriccio portfolio is again available and they reissue lots of stuff; whether's there's new recordings I dont't know.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on September 19, 2010, 02:15:57 AM
The Capriccio story can be found here:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7533/is_200901/ai_n32312656/?tag=content;col1 (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7533/is_200901/ai_n32312656/?tag=content;col1)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on November 18, 2010, 11:11:57 PM
Philippe Herreweghe and Outhere give birth to the label « φ » (phi).
Outhere - Published on Wednesday 2 June 2010 -

Philippe Herreweghe will assume the artistic direction of this catalogue which will hold exclusive rights for his recordings with Collegium Vocale Gent and l’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. It will be produced, edited and distributed by Outhere.

By creating this collection, Philippe Herreweghe wishes to freely materialise the fruit of a long career of musical research and experiences. Outhere enthusiastically supports him in this endeavour.

At a rhythm of 4 to 5 productions a year as from 2011, the catalogue will comprise productions devoted to the main symphonic and choral repertoire, polyphony and of course to the works of JS Bach that Philippe Herreweghe wants to revisit to produce ever more accomplished versions.

The first release, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, is scheduled for fall 2010. It will be followed, in spring 2011, by Bach’s motets and, subsequently, by works by Josquin Desprez, Brahms and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.


http://www.outhere-music.com/ (http://www.outhere-music.com/)

Q :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: sonusantiqva on November 19, 2010, 03:55:16 AM
Here are two european companies distributing small independent record labels:

DIVERDI (Spain) (http://www.diverdi.com/portal/Default.aspx)

ABEILLE MUSIQUE (France) (http://www.abeillemusique.com/)

Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on November 19, 2010, 05:45:13 AM
Here are two european companies distributing small independent record labels:

DIVERDI (Spain) (http://www.diverdi.com/portal/Default.aspx)

ABEILLE MUSIQUE (France) (http://www.abeillemusique.com/)

Buenos días, estimado sonusantiqva; ¡bienvenido al foro!

No creo que Diverdi sea una tienda demasiado usada por los foristas; sin embargo, a comienzos de este año Abeille Musique causó verdaderos estragos en el presupuesto de varios de nosotros, con esa liquidación que hace durante el mes de enero o febrero.

Espero que esta respuesta en español no genere quejas, ya que -como probablemente habrá tenido la oportunidad de leer- el tema de escribir en otro idioma ha causado alguna encendida polémica en otro hilo.

¡Bienvenido, nuevamente!

P.S.: Atrévase a escribir en inglés nomás, aquí no recibirá críticas ni quejas de ningún tipo por algún error; después de todo no estamos en un foro francés.  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Opus106 on November 19, 2010, 07:36:31 AM
Espero que esta respuesta en español no genere quejas, ya que -como probablemente habrá tenido la oportunidad de leer- el tema de escribir en otro idioma ha causado alguna encendida polémica en otro hilo.

Siempre y cuando el destinatario o destinatarios puedan leer y entender el idioma, yo no creo que nadie se quejará.

P. S.: Envíe sus quejas a Google si la traducción es mala. :P

;)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: sonusantiqva on November 19, 2010, 08:04:20 AM
Quote
Espero que esta respuesta en español no genere quejas, ya que -como probablemente habrá tenido la oportunidad de leer- el tema de escribir en otro idioma ha causado alguna encendida polémica en otro hilo.

Estimado Antoine Marchand:

¿Existe alguna norma o regla en este foro indicando que nos comuniquemos exclusivamente en  lengua inglesa? Personalmente, entiendo algo el inglés, pero no sé escribirlo, como no sea con un traductor 'on line'. ¿Acaso el idioma español es tan desconocido, incluso para un traductor 'on line'?

Finalmente, ¿puede indicarme en qué hilo del foro aparece esa polémica?

                                        ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Are there any regulations or rules in this forum saying that we communicate only in English? Personally, I understand some English, but not written as a translator is not 'on line'. Does the Spanish language is so obscure, even for a translator 'on line'?

Finally, can you tell me what forum thread appears that controversy?

 
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on November 19, 2010, 08:39:07 AM
No, no hay ninguna norma al respecto. Sin embargo, he de decir que sólo se obtendrá un número limitado de respuestas porque la mayoría de la gente no se tome el tiempo necesario para traducir. Les doy la bienvenida, sin embargo, y esperamos que pronto se estará comunicando con todos nosotros.


Gurn 8)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on November 19, 2010, 11:37:20 AM
Siempre y cuando el destinatario o destinatarios puedan leer y entender el idioma, yo no creo que nadie se quejará.

P. S.: Envíe sus quejas a Google si la traducción es mala. :P

;)

No, no hay ninguna norma al respecto. Sin embargo, he de decir que sólo se obtendrá un número limitado de respuestas porque la mayoría de la gente no se tome el tiempo necesario para traducir. Les doy la bienvenida, sin embargo, y esperamos que pronto se estará comunicando con todos nosotros.

Excellent, Navneeth and Gurn! That Google translator is really formidable. Those sentences have minor syntax problems, but overall are very clear.  :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on November 19, 2010, 11:52:28 AM
Estimado Antoine Marchand:

¿Existe alguna norma o regla en este foro indicando que nos comuniquemos exclusivamente en  lengua inglesa? Personalmente, entiendo algo el inglés, pero no sé escribirlo, como no sea con un traductor 'on line'. ¿Acaso el idioma español es tan desconocido, incluso para un traductor 'on line'?

Finalmente, ¿puede indicarme en qué hilo del foro aparece esa polémica?

                                        ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Are there any regulations or rules in this forum saying that we communicate only in English? Personally, I understand some English, but not written as a translator is not 'on line'. Does the Spanish language is so obscure, even for a translator 'on line'?

Finally, can you tell me what forum thread appears that controversy?

Creo que Gurn ya ha respondido con la suficiente precisión acerca de la obligatoriedad del inglés en este foro, estimado sonusantiqva.

En cuanto a su segunda pregunta, se trata de una discusión que comenzó ayer entre Harry y Karl en el hilo dedicado a la música que estamos escuchando en el momento en que escribimos ("What are you listening to?"); a raíz del uso del cirílico por parte de Karl en sus mensajes. En cualquier caso, creo que se trató sólo de un acaloramiento momentáneo porque ambos son dos de nuestros más insignes foristas y tipos estupendos... Pero Ud. sabe, todos nos vemos involucrados de vez en cuando en una discusión de esas...  :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on November 19, 2010, 12:15:08 PM
Amigos para siempre!

Thus are my Spanish cup emptieth.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on November 19, 2010, 12:28:47 PM
Excellent, Navneeth and Gurn! That Google translator is really formidable. Those sentences have minor syntax problems, but overall are very clear.  :)

Thanks, Antoine. I have made a minor discovery with translators (Google and Babelfish). When you are typing in your source verbiage, it is important not to use contractions especially, and to even use some rather labored syntax in English. The translator software can then convert rather well. If you use contractions and 'shortcuts' it will not understand and will not translate nearly as well. :)

8)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on November 19, 2010, 12:38:08 PM
Thanks, Antoine. I have made a minor discovery with translators (Google and Babelfish). When you are typing in your source verbiage, it is important not to use contractions especially, and to even use some rather labored syntax in English. The translator software can then convert rather well. If you use contractions and 'shortcuts' it will not understand and will not translate nearly as well. :)

Additionally, I suppose that that works out very well with the Spanish, a language slightly more formal and "Baroque" than the English.  :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on November 19, 2010, 12:42:38 PM
Additionally, I suppose that that works out very well with the Spanish, a language slightly more formal and "Baroque" than the English.  :)

Yes. I actually speak minimal Spanish, enough to get by for the last 8 years working primarily with Mexican workers. And I would say that the language has a very formal sound to it compared to English. Baroque may be a bit OTT, but very formal in any case. :)

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Antoine Marchand on November 19, 2010, 01:35:17 PM
Baroque may be a bit OTT, but very formal in any case. :)

Yes, I think so. Anyway, as in English, there are different types of Spanish, especially in matter of accent and pronunciation; for instance, the differences between a Chilean and a Spaniard are really huge, almost greater than between a Texan and an Englishman.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on November 19, 2010, 01:42:56 PM
...almost greater than between a Texan and an Englishman.

Since I was not born here, but in a place which puts a premium on precision in speech, I have been known to say that phrase as "greater than between a Texan and an English speaker. :D

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Opus106 on November 20, 2010, 08:06:08 AM
Thanks, Antoine. I have made a minor discovery with translators (Google and Babelfish). When you are typing in your source verbiage, it is important not to use contractions especially, and to even use some rather labored syntax in English. The translator software can then convert rather well. If you use contractions and 'shortcuts' it will not understand and will not translate nearly as well. :)

 8)

Continuing with this off-topic discussion ;) , I just noticed that Google doesn't fret about contracting words when translating a source language into English. When taken on its own, eras was translated to you are; but when it was part of a sentence, it was contracted to you're.

But I agree with what you said, and that's why when posting my earlier reply, I was careful enough not to use apostrophes unnecessarily or to include (lazily) the plural form (of the word recipient) by using the -(s) convention. ;D
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on January 23, 2011, 05:56:14 AM


A New Label for Christophe Rousset
http://www.weta.org/fmblog/?p=2640


(http://www.weta.org/fmblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ApArTe_Logo100_web.png)
 (http://www.weta.org/fmblog/?p=2640)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on March 05, 2011, 05:02:35 AM
A nice Italian label with, amongst other things, a lot of Baroque HIP goodies!

(http://www.concertoclassics.it/english/imagebase/logo_concerto.gif) (http://www.concertoclassics.it/english/index.php)
                 (linked)



Just in case someone missed it - they reissued Corti's Bach organ cycle (and 80 euros doesn't sound too bad  :))

(http://www.concertoclassics.it/file/prodotti/big/2008_08_11_12_04_44-bach_integrale_CD2000.jpg)

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on April 02, 2011, 10:26:05 PM
(http://www.asinamusic.com/themes/cpshop/custom/header.gif)
This is another label not to be missed for lovers of Early Music & Baroque (click picture below):

(http://www.asinamusic.com/img.resize.php?path=modules/shop/images/custom/section.27b8c6f450b9d1be623943.jpg&width=150) (http://www.raumklang.de/)

A treasure trove, with a good website & webshop. Raumklang has a few sub-labels. like Edition Marc Aurel.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: RJR on April 06, 2011, 05:25:54 AM
Piano Society.

Found it while browsing at Clive Heath's this morning.
Includes modern composers. Unknown pianists brought together from around the world.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: villa on May 10, 2011, 05:59:07 AM
You should consider High Density Tape Transfer (http://www.highdeftapetransfers.com/storefront.php). These guys sell HQCDs but you can download 24/92 or 24/192 material for some 12-14 dollars. They mostly transfer commercial reels. The result is mostly miraculous; one gets the sound he had dreamt of some 30 years ago! Immediat natural. Its not a graet job to burn them toCDs; my top recommendations are Mahler : Wundernhornlieder (Wynn Moris) Mahler 3. Horenstein, Mahler 4. Szell, Mahler 2. Scherchen Mozart CGO Jochum
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on July 03, 2011, 04:48:23 AM
A small interesting German label I came across! :) Saw some Early & Baroque Music and recordings of historical organs. And they seem busy reissuing old recordings by the Tölzer Knabenchor under Schmidt-Gaden.

(http://www.spektral-records.de/grafik/Spektral_Logo.png) (http://www.spektral-records.de/index2.php?aktuell?en)

Their listing at jpc HERE (http://www.jpc.de/jpcng/home/search?fastsearch=Spektral&rubric=classic&pd_orderby=score).

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on September 07, 2011, 08:34:46 PM
Two new discoveries of labels that focus on music from the Iberian peninsula! La Ma de Guido and its subsidiary Ars Harmonica focus on Early Spanish and Catalan music, NBmusika focuses also on music from the Basque country, from various periods.

Click logos for more info.

(http://www.lamadeguido.com/ma.gif) (http://www.lamadeguido.com/)     (http://www.nbmusika.com/typo3temp/pics/9cd6579216.jpg) (http://www.nbmusika.com/index.php?id=discos&L=2)
  La Mà de Guido


Q




Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: bumtz on October 10, 2011, 03:52:14 PM
Edition RZ - excellent label focusing on new(ish) music: http://edition-rz.de
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: mc ukrneal on February 10, 2012, 05:16:10 AM
Don't know if anyone has noticed this yet, but Naxos are starting a premium piano label. More can be foumd here: http://www.naxos.com/labels/grandpiano-cd.htm (http://www.naxos.com/labels/grandpiano-cd.htm). Interesting.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Drasko on June 06, 2012, 01:49:38 PM
Does anyone know any European or US source for Weitblick label?

They are German label (mostly German radio recordings) as far as I know but Japan seems to be their only market. With current yen/euro rates not very economic.

Odd copies show up here or there on amazon marketplaces or berkshire, overpriced ones on ebay, but nothing at usual on-line retailers.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on June 07, 2012, 04:33:19 AM
apropos to this thread's title and increasingly more so in the future.


Classical:NEXT, Classical Music's new MIDEM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cVv8T0tKRLA/T89_4UZ4x4I/AAAAAAAACSU/EZVe16cchog/s1600/ClassicalNext_Logo.png)
http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/06/classicalnext-classical-musics-new.html (http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/06/classicalnext-classical-musics-new.html)
Quote
The Event

What’s “Classical:NEXT”? In short: it’s the independent classical music label’s MIDEM.
It’s the outgrowth of collective disgruntlement with the music industry’s dominant trade
fair where classical music had become a tolerated afterthought. CLASS, the association
for classical independent labels in Germany (read: Musikproduktion Dabringhaus &
Grimm), banked on the dissatisfaction of Cannes in February, crowded expensive hotels,
and increasingly high participation fees and opted instead for Munich in May (May 30 –
June 2), a winning proposition right there...
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: scarlattiglenross on July 14, 2012, 12:00:00 PM
Apologies for the cross-posting (I have just pasted this information into the Morton Feldman thread too) but I want to spread the word that I have started what I might call a boutique label of my own, with my first release a benchmark recording of one of Feldman's incredible late pieces. Sound sample and purchasing information may be found on my site at http://frozenreeds.com/?p=21 (http://frozenreeds.com/?p=21)

Two years of time and effort have gone into this project and I believe it to be a truly momentous recording. I hope on that basis alone you will forgive my spamming, even if you're not a Feldman fan. Thank you!


Morton Feldman
Crippled Symmetry: at June in Buffalo
The Feldman Soloists
frozen reeds fr1/2

In 2000, Eberhard Blum, Nils Vigeland, and Jan Williams came together once more as “The Feldman Soloists” to perform Crippled Symmetry, the trio Feldman composed for them, on the 25th anniversary celebration of the festival he founded. The recording of this concert is now finally available on CD, and is destined to become the reference release of this work.

Required listening for all fans of Feldman’s rich, hypnotic world of enigmatic harmony and mnemonic echo. Mastered by Denis Blackham, and presented in a card package which unfolds to reveal the musicians’ “butterfly-like” arrangement on stage.

This turned out to be one of the best performances that we had ever given together. The rare and indescribable ‘magic moment’ of occasion and ambience seems to have inspired us. The recording of the concert belongs to my most valued sound documents. When I listened to it for the first time, my immediate reaction was: this performance ought to be available on CD. Now, ten years later, it is.” -Eberhard Blum
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: johndoe21ro on August 19, 2012, 01:52:14 PM
Trying not to be very mind restrained I think that Harmonia Mundi, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Chandos, Naxos, BIS, Reference Recordings, Sony Classical, Philips Classics, Hyperion, MDG, Simax, RCA Red Seal, Pentatone and Telarc are all you need for bliss. All reference recordings, all great artists, all amazing technicians are linked one way or another with one of the names above.  ;D
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Brian on August 19, 2012, 02:06:16 PM
Trying not to be very mind restrained I think that Harmonia Mundi, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Chandos, Naxos, BIS, Reference Recordings, Sony Classical, Philips Classics, Hyperion, MDG, Simax, RCA Red Seal, Pentatone and Telarc are all you need for bliss. All reference recordings, all great artists, all amazing technicians are linked one way or another with one of the names above.  ;D
If I might add Ondine, Zig-Zag Territoires, Champs Hill Recordings, Virgin, Cedille, Channel Classics, Supraphon, and Praga to your list, then all my favorite labels will be accounted for. :)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: kishnevi on August 19, 2012, 06:02:58 PM
If I might add Ondine, Zig-Zag Territoires, Champs Hill Recordings, Virgin, Cedille, Channel Classics, Supraphon, and Praga to your list, then all my favorite labels will be accounted for. :)

You forgot Naive.  Also Arcana, DaCapo, Dutton,  Dorian/Solo Luminus, Hungaraton, LSO Live, CSO Resound, SFS Media...etc etc. etc.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Brian on August 19, 2012, 06:43:28 PM
You forgot Naive.  Also Arcana, DaCapo, Dutton,  Dorian/Solo Luminus, Hungaraton, LSO Live, CSO Resound, SFS Media...etc etc. etc.
Well, and Alpha and Fuga Libera. Kicking myself over Naive, Dacapo, and DSL, although I've had little experience with some of the others.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: North Star on August 19, 2012, 09:54:33 PM
ECM, Onyx, Linn and Ricercar, too.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Coopmv on September 08, 2012, 08:35:19 AM
I have always been a big fan of the label:

Perfect timing Que!  I am about to snap up a couple from this label, that headquarters out of the U.S. and Canada:

(http://www.musicalheritage.com/img/mhs/mhs_logo.png)

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:drZWK1864xedsM:http://static.rateyourmusic.com/lk/f/b/2c9a2b61514fde3785989892bd6efd0c/475883.jpg)

Most of their covers for cds and lps were simply black and white.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61a6NIN937L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AGS4C1DNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

I found them to be the Naxos of their time, where some of the artists were a bit more obscure.  They still exist as a place where you can find cds (like a record club, but I do not believe that they continue produce their own cds, which were, I believe just repackaging from other labels). 

The ones that they transferred that I have always been of superior sound quality.  I guess I enjoyed them also because my father-in-law had a few on the shelf and they just stood out.

I used to be a member of the MHS back in the good old vinyl days.  It is headquartered somewhere in NJ ...
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on September 08, 2012, 02:39:44 PM
I used to be a member of the MHS back in the good old vinyl days.  It is headquartered somewhere in NJ ...
So was I.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Sergeant Rock on September 08, 2012, 02:48:19 PM
So was I.

Me too.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on April 22, 2013, 10:27:15 AM
I don't see any info here for Novalis Records. Does anyone have an idea about that? Even Google wasn't a lot of help...  :-\

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on May 02, 2013, 05:28:39 PM
I don't see any info here for Novalis Records. Does anyone have an idea about that? Even Google wasn't a lot of help...  :-\

8)

The link is perhaps not of much help, but at least we know they still exist... :)

http://www.avc-music.com/shop_e/classic.html

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: HIPster on May 15, 2013, 06:44:14 PM
Carpe Diem Records:

http://www.carpediem-records.de/

Early Music and Baroque specialists.

Looks like some fine offerings!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: mc ukrneal on December 20, 2013, 06:41:10 PM
Is Klassic Haus Restorations a legit label?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on December 21, 2013, 01:20:54 AM
Another interesting Spanish label is Lauda Musica (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia.php), specialized in Spanish Early and Baroque music.

(http://www.laudamusica.com/images/logo.png) (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia.php)

Q
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bogey on December 22, 2013, 08:16:31 PM
Another interesting Spanish label is Lauda Musica (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia.php), specialized in Spanish Early and Baroque music.

(http://www.laudamusica.com/images/logo.png) (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia.php)

Q

The motherload!  Thanks for the linkage my friend as you know my fondness for early Spanish music.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: The new erato on December 22, 2013, 11:12:33 PM
Motherlode? My mom certainly isn't loaded one way or the other.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Bogey on December 23, 2013, 12:56:07 PM
Motherlode? My mom certainly isn't loaded one way or the other.

Naw...what I meant was that there is just not very much in the way of early Spanish music on disc.  Here is a thread I started some time back.  Only two pages long, but you've been there :):

http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,19403.msg607087.html#msg607087
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on December 23, 2013, 01:36:58 PM
The motherload!  Thanks for the linkage my friend as you know my fondness for early Spanish music.

You're welcome! :)

It is really an excellent label - beautiful recordings and stylish presentation.

I could personally recommend thew recordings by music by José de Nebra (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia-info.php?ref=LAU004) and Mateo Romero (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia-info.php?ref=LAU002).
I also have my eye on two other items, with music by Antonio Rodríguez de Hita and Francisco Javier García Fajer (he sounds like a Spaniard in Haydn-style..…).

I believe our member Chen Tao had more favorites… I guess it is a small catalogue with many pickings. 8)

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Ken B on February 21, 2014, 08:24:23 PM
You're welcome! :)

It is really an excellent label - beautiful recordings and stylish presentation.

I could personally recommend thew recordings by music by José de Nebra (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia-info.php?ref=LAU004) and Mateo Romero (http://www.laudamusica.com/discografia-info.php?ref=LAU002).
I also have my eye on two other items, with music by Antonio Rodríguez de Hita and Francisco Javier García Fajer (he sounds like a Spaniard in Haydn-style..…).

I believe our member Chen Tao had more favorites… I guess it is a small catalogue with many pickings. 8)

Q
We need to convince Brilliant to licence and box all this ...

Albanyrecords.com is for American composers
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: torut on April 05, 2014, 08:30:20 PM
Does Col Legno provide full length audio clips for all the tracks of all the albums? For example, this page (https://www.col-legno.com/en/catalog/complete_catalog/serynade) contains audio clips of Lachenmann Piano Music by Marino Formenti, and all the clips seem full length. I checked some tracks of different albums, and they are also full length. It is remarkable, for me. Is this well known fact? Is any of other labels doing the same thing?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: king ubu on June 03, 2014, 02:31:42 AM
Okay, hope I needn't write Spanish here ... mine's alittle bit rusty. A few that popped to mind immediately upon reading the opening post where Zig-Zag Territoires and naïve, both of which where thrown into the lists on the previous page of posts ... two others I'm most fond of are Glossa and Mirare.


Glossa (http://www.glossamusic.com/glossa/default.aspx)

Very fond of the Monteverdi madrigals series by Claudio Cavina & La Venexiana (http://www.glossamusic.com/glossa/catalogue.aspx?sort=col), and also a fan of the "Cabinet" releases I've heard so far (more Cavina/Venexiana madrigals by d'India and Marenzio, two discs each, but one of the Marenzios is OOP by now). Also the Gesualso madrigals ... the sixth book (http://www.glossamusic.com/glossa/reference.aspx?id=301), no longer by La Venexiana but by La Compagnia del Madrigale, was one of my favourite discs of last year. I've not spent much time with their latest release, Gesualdo's Responsoria (http://www.glossamusic.com/glossa/reference.aspx?id=327), but what bits and pieces I've heard far sounded very good as well! Finally also got Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" by La Venexiana - but in that, nothing surpasses the Gardiner recording to my ears (third recent one I know is Alessandrini, furthermore the fascinating Hindemith recording that's out on Music & Art).
Another Glossa disc I enjoy is Mitzi Meyerson's Couperin disc.


Mirare (http://www.mirare.fr)

Again, I have far from exhaustive knowledge of this label's catalogue, but the one-voice-per-part Bach cantata releases by Ricercar Consort/Pierlot (http://www.mirare.fr/catalogue?artiste=363) are glorious, and so is the "Magnificat" ... only gave the St John Passion one spin, but judged on that, it fits in neatly with the others.
The Bach/Händel disc with Nuria Rial doing "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202 is pretty good as well ... I found their take on Pergolesi's "Stabat mater" somewhat less impressive than other recordings of the pice (Nuria Rial and Carlos Mena notwihtstanding), but I've got to dig it out and give it another spin soon.
Very good are the discs I've heard so far by Pierre Hantaï (three volumes of Scarlatti sonatas, Bach's Goldberg Variations and Book 1 of the WTC ... got his Couperin disc as well, but there Meyerson - and Violaine Cochard - left more of an impression than him and Blandine Rannou).
Another fine recent acquisition was the Purcell disc by La Rêveuse ... and now I'm waiting for their disc of music by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
These, btw, are very nicely done digipacks, glossier than the Glossa ones, which are also pretty nice but often prone to slight damage during shipping (the Glossa Cabinets are a bit oversized ... they look gorgeous, but the format is somewhat silly.)



Just because I mentioned them ... the Couperin by Violaine Cochard is on Amroisie (part of naïve, it seems, as are a few other labels mentioned in this thread, I believe, at least Montaigne seems to be). There are two double sets of complete "ordres" (and Hantaï is added for a second, I think on the second release). That Ambroisie disc with Patricia Petibon is pretty fine, too, "Amour et Mascarade".

Blandine Rannou is great, too - but her Couperin didn't strike me nearly as much as her Rameau, which is desert island music for me! Her discs can be found on Zig-Zag Territoires, a label that's been name-dropped before in this thread. The Rameau was boxed (three discs solo, one chamber music), as has been some of her Bach (English & French Suite + Toccatas - recommended as well, I guess ... though I'm not really familiar yet with these works). Her Goldberg Variations are weird, very slow ... not sure what to think of them yet (slow isn't a problem per se, I love the Tureck 2CD set in EMI's GRoC series, but I guess nothing ultimately beats Gould for me there).
Other Zig-Zag releases I've checked out include the box of Beethoven's violin sonatas and a 2CD set of Mozart sonatas both by Midori Seiler and Jos van Immerseel ... I love Seiler but almost loathe van Immerseel's plodding harpsichord, I'm afraid. Could be so good, but in the end it's merely good (the Mozart disc by Müllejans/Bezuidenhout on US Harmonia Mundi on the hand is terrific!)
I also recently got the cheapo anniversary set by Zig-Zag (alas minimal booklet only) which includes Amandine Beyer's Rebel disc and the Bononcini disc by Ensemble 415/Chiara Banchini - I enjoyed both of these tremendously. Also the disc of Beyer's w/Edna Stern doing CPE Bach sonatas. And Monteverdi's "Selva morale" by Akademia/Lasserre, too ... definitely a label to check out!
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Moonfish on November 15, 2014, 03:02:58 PM
What is the general GMG view on recordings issued by the Andromeda label?

Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Cosi bel do on November 15, 2014, 03:33:23 PM
What is the general GMG view on recordings issued by the Andromeda label?

It depends what you want. If you want a state-of-the-art remastering from well-chosen sources, if you want a nice packaging, clearly, avoid Andromeda. But if you seek (a) recordings that are either very expensive on other labels or completely unavailable, and/or (b) a nice bunch of historical recordings in a fine sound quality, then Andromeda is one of the best way to get them.
Also, even if they don't really restore the recordings, the sound quality of their releases are rarely bad and sometimes really good, for the simple reason that it seems they simply rip CDs from other labels, including EMI, Music & Arts, etc.
Now, of course, after getting an Andromeda recording there are two attitudes. Either you find it fine and you will be happy with it, or you'll appreciate having them but decide that it won't stop you getting better remasterings when you can find them (and still listen to them in the meantime) from labels like Music & Arts, Tahra (as long as we can find them...), or majors of course. But I don't see how one could really be unhappy in the end.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Moonfish on November 15, 2014, 04:29:56 PM
It depends what you want. If you want a state-of-the-art remastering from well-chosen sources, if you want a nice packaging, clearly, avoid Andromeda. But if you seek (a) recordings that are either very expensive on other labels or completely unavailable, and/or (b) a nice bunch of historical recordings in a fine sound quality, then Andromeda is one of the best way to get them.
Also, even if they don't really restore the recordings, the sound quality of their releases are rarely bad and sometimes really good, for the simple reason that it seems they simply rip CDs from other labels, including EMI, Music & Arts, etc.
Now, of course, after getting an Andromeda recording there are two attitudes. Either you find it fine and you will be happy with it, or you'll appreciate having them but decide that it won't stop you getting better remasterings when you can find them (and still listen to them in the meantime) from labels like Music & Arts, Tahra (as long as we can find them...), or majors of course. But I don't see how one could really be unhappy in the end.

Thanks for the succinct answer, Discobolus. Would Andromeda fall into the same tier as the German Membran/Document label or are they considered a step above?
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Cosi bel do on November 15, 2014, 05:38:57 PM
I'd say they basically work the same way (except Membran prefers really larger boxes with a little less artistic coherence). Membran did the worst things regarding sound quality, Andromeda a little less, but both labels actually do better now anyway. You might want to check sound quality (the main issue being if it is too filtered) by hearing samples (on JPC for instance). I'd say almost everything of what Andromeda released since around 2010 has really fine sound quality, whereas you should be more careful with more ancient releases (but most of them are still good too).
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on November 16, 2014, 02:10:01 AM
Andromeda is an imprint of Gebhardt Medien:

http://www.gebhardtmedien.de/index.html

Since ripping CDs would be illegal, I assume they retrieve recorded material through licensing or by transfering material that has ran out of copyright from LPs.

Same for Membran, though I believe there are is some suspicion whether they prey on the work that other labels have done on historical recordings by ripping their transfers. I don't know, I see mainly recordings from the LP era, and it cannot be that expensive to lincense transfers of historical recordings that are usually out of print anyway....
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Que on December 21, 2014, 11:00:48 AM
Baroque lovers should have a look at this Italian label (logo is linked)! :)

(http://www.mvcremona.it/mvtarghetta.jpg) (http://www.mvcremona.it/homemvENG.html)

Performers include Sergio Azzolini, the Ensemble L'Aura Soave (recorded for Symphonia, Naïve and Tactus) and soprano Nuria Rial.

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Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: San Antone on February 10, 2015, 05:41:38 AM
megadisc classics (http://www.megadisc-classics.com/), originally established to present the works of Karel Goeyvaerts, has since become a very good label for new music and music from the 20th century.  Some notable selections from the catalog include a number of discs by The Barton Workshop (http://www.megadisc-classics.com/search/node/barton%20workshop) performing John Cage.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Brian on April 22, 2015, 03:32:45 AM
FYI I just got a letter from PENTATONE informing me that from now on they should always be referred to in all-caps as PENTATONE rather than PentaTone.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 22, 2015, 03:37:06 AM
From now on, I want you all to call me "Loretta" . . . .
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Toccata&Fugue on July 23, 2016, 10:15:10 AM
I second Zig Zag Territories. Every disc I've purchased has had wonderful playing and exemplary sound.

(https://www.outhere-music.com/cache/im/album_portrait/uploads/albums/5252a6a8943c8.jpeg?1.0.1.1)

(https://www.outhere-music.com/cache/im/album_portrait/uploads/albums/52259f6c0484e.jpeg?1.0.1.1)

(https://www.outhere-music.com/cache/im/album_portrait/uploads/albums/514b06ed5020c.jpeg?1.0.1.1)

and a few others.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Gurn Blanston on July 23, 2016, 03:27:53 PM
I second Zig Zag Territories. Every disc I've purchased has had wonderful playing and exemplary sound.

(https://www.outhere-music.com/cache/im/album_portrait/uploads/albums/52259f6c0484e.jpeg?1.0.1.1)

(https://www.outhere-music.com/cache/im/album_portrait/uploads/albums/514b06ed5020c.jpeg?1.0.1.1)

and a few others.

Not to mention the frequently encountered original artwork, like on this Mozart disk which is a treasury of it!

8)
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Scion7 on July 24, 2016, 05:04:16 AM
CHANDOS is playing with their site.  It's in 'beta' right now.
I get a lot of '404 errors' even with caches of the old site.
Anyway:

            http://www.chandos.net/betalog

Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: Mirror Image on July 24, 2016, 12:32:17 PM
I'll be glad when Chandos finishes their site. It looks quite nice.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: GioCar on August 30, 2016, 01:36:09 AM
The new Chandos site is online
http://www.chandos.net/home
Quite an improvement from the old one
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: jlaurson on August 30, 2016, 02:50:58 AM
I second Zig Zag Territories. Every disc I've purchased has had wonderful playing and exemplary sound.



Thirded. But of course Zig Zag is no more ... or rather: It's now all Alpha... part of the mothership (Outhere)'s cleanup.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: mc ukrneal on September 06, 2016, 06:26:50 AM
It looks like Chandos have totally redone their website and are selling other labels (and downloads from other labels). But what REALLY interested me - they appear to have all the booklets to accompany the discs to even the non-Chandos labels. I don't know how far it extends, but I checked a disc from BIS, Naxos and Halle, and all three had the booklet! I can't find booklets on the Naxos website (just the back cover) so this is a major resource for those of us looking for them. I may post this elsewhere as this thread doesn't get much action.
Title: Re: The Record Labels Resources Thread
Post by: millionrainbows on May 24, 2017, 09:18:26 AM
Here is a rather obscure label that has some interesting stuff, especially the electronic music collections. It's Bvhaast records.

http://www.willembreukerkollektief.com (http://www.willembreukerkollektief.com)