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What has happened to Telarc?
« on: October 29, 2020, 02:50:34 PM »
A few years ago Telarc was acquired by the Concord Music Group.

It appears that they have abandoned maintaining the label.

I have noticed that none of their recordings are posted in the Naxos Music Library.

Does anyone know about the status of the label?

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2020, 03:20:33 PM »
Telarc has never been in Naxos Music Library.

Until 2017-18, the last artist on the label was cellist Zuill Bailey, who I believe now appears on Steinway & Sons. Guitarist David Russell was also one of the very last Telarc artists to still be releasing new albums. I don't think Telarc has done any new recordings in the last few years and assume it is no longer producing new recordings.

However, Amazon DE says there are some future cheap box sets coming from Telarc:



There is a great deal of interesting material in the 80s and 90s Telarc back catalogue, if some enterprising label decided to buy the rights away from Concord and do a "super giant box set".

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2020, 07:34:27 PM »
I have a couple of those Mozart Mackerras recordings. Quite good, although I think they have already been boxed up once.

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2020, 09:08:49 PM »
Telarc has never been in Naxos Music Library.

Until 2017-18, the last artist on the label was cellist Zuill Bailey, who I believe now appears on Steinway & Sons. Guitarist David Russell was also one of the very last Telarc artists to still be releasing new albums. I don't think Telarc has done any new recordings in the last few years and assume it is no longer producing new recordings.

However, Amazon DE says there are some future cheap box sets coming from Telarc:



There is a great deal of interesting material in the 80s and 90s Telarc back catalogue, if some enterprising label decided to buy the rights away from Concord and do a "super giant box set".

I will have to keep and look out for some of these.

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2020, 01:47:06 AM »
I will have to keep and look out for some of these.
The Robert Shaw one looks interesting.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2020, 05:54:58 PM »
I've found Concord's handling of their jazz labels (e.g. Original Jazz Classics) inscrutable, so don't expect much clarity or coherence with regard to Telarc.  :'(
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2020, 01:11:02 AM »
I am surprised the label is being phased out as Telarc during the late 70's early 8O's had such a good reputation for good sound that it obtained the status as an audiophile label. A long time ago, but Telarc will always be associated with dynamic good sound. 
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2020, 11:00:16 PM »
As a band junkie, I have multiple recordings of Granger's Lincolnshire Posey.  I have all of the major recording and many minor ones (I have thirteen recordings and a DVD of Fennell conducting the United States Navy Band).

I still think that the best one is the Telarc recording of Fennell conducting the Cleveland Winds.

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2020, 12:49:18 AM »
I am surprised the label is being phased out as Telarc during the late 70's early 8O's had such a good reputation for good sound that it obtained the status as an audiophile label. A long time ago, but Telarc will always be associated with dynamic good sound.
That was probably the most famous early CD touted for the real cannon used in 1812.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2020, 12:52:27 AM »
That was probably the most famous early CD touted for the real cannon used in 1812.

I also have the LP, and you can see the huge excursions of the grooves for the cannon shots.

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2020, 02:34:31 AM »
I also have the LP, and you can see the huge excursions of the grooves for the cannon shots.

A good test for cartridge tracking.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2020, 06:45:06 AM »
A good test for cartridge tracking.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2020, 07:48:42 AM »
I can’t say I’ve ever cared much for this label. I don’t know there was something about it that just didn’t attract or draw me in and a lot of has to do with repertoire, performers, etc.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2020, 09:59:01 AM »
Well, the Mackerras set is recommended, by yours truly! ;)
What I don’t understand is why (as far as I can tell) in this new release, they left out Die Zauberflöte. Some years ago I purchased the previous release (dirt cheap at FNAC here in Madrid), which had four operas, not just the three Da Ponte ones.  ::)

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2020, 10:11:20 AM »
I wonder whether the JPC info is incomplete. The earlier 11CD box also had The Magic Flute ...

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2020, 10:20:15 AM »
I wonder whether the JPC info is incomplete. The earlier 11CD box also had The Magic Flute ...
You’re right. It says “3 Mozart-Opern”, but it’s 11 CDs as in the previous “white” issue, and it lists Barbara Hendricks and June Anderson, who—along with other soloists—only appear in The Magic Flute.
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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2020, 01:21:01 PM »
I can’t say I’ve ever cared much for this label. I don’t know there was something about it that just didn’t attract or draw me in and a lot of has to do with repertoire, performers, etc.

I think most of my favorite Telarcs were Jesus Lopez Cobos recordings with the Cincinatti Symphony.  Zinman also did some good recordings in Atlanta.

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Re: What has happened to Telarc?
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2020, 01:45:59 PM »
I can’t say I’ve ever cared much for this label. I don’t know there was something about it that just didn’t attract or draw me in and a lot of has to do with repertoire, performers, etc.

I have and enjoy a number of Telarc releases. However, years ago I read a review somewhere pointing out that Telarc favored a certain kind of cool and smooth house style, probably related to their image as an audiophile label. Based on what I've heard I agree with that. Basically, if you like smooth and polished, you'll like Telarc. If you want fiery and spontaneous, look elsewhere.
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