30th Anniversary Sampler Album

Channel Classics has created a 30th Anniversary Sampler in collaboration with Gramophone Magazine. The tracks have been selected from recordings in the Channel Classics catalog made between 2001 and 2019, all recorded in Direct Stream Digital (DSD).

"For 30 years, Channel Classics has been making wonderful recordings: from projects of a rare intimacy courtesy of Florilegium or Rachel Podger to the magnificent edifices that are Mahler’s symphonies, authoritatively conducted by Iván Fischer. Many have caught our imagination, and a fair few have received our monthly Editor’s Choice accolade. Here’s a selection of some of our favorites."
- James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief, Gramophone Magazine

 

30 Years of Channel Classics Records - Gramophone Editor's Choices

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The artists featured on this 30th Anniversary Album:

Rachel Podger, Arte dei Suonatori, Matthew Wadsworth, Florilegium, The Netherlands Bach Society, Johannette Zomer, Peter Harvey, Jos van Veldhoven, Gary Cooper, Wim Van Hasselt, Jorgen van Rijen, Mike Fentross, Benedikt Enzler, Jorge Lopez-Escribano, Amsterdam Sinfonietta & Candida Thompson, Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ebony Band, Werner Herbers 

Channel Classics celebrates 30th Anniversary

NativeDSD celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Channel Classics Records

During the past 30 years, Jared Sacks has made recordings for the Channel Classics Records label that have received praise and acclaim from listeners, artists, and reviewers from around the world. They even led to Jared being knighted by the King of the Netherlands! These are legendary recordings in every sense of the word. 

Over the years, Channel Classics has released albums by Rachel Podger, Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ning Feng, Paolo Giacometti, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Bach Society, Rick Stotijn, Pieter Wispelwey, Rosanne Philippens, and many others. Most recently Channel Classics welcomed pianist Anna Fedorova to the Channel Family of Artists. This has resulted in a total of 436 albums to date. All of the Channel Classics albums released since 2001 are Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recordings with Jared Sacks serving as Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer and Producer on most of them. 

To celebrate this special anniversary, the Channel Classics team has selected 30 of their favorite DSD recordings. The list features a wide variety of artists and repertoire.  Many of these albums are among the DSD Best-Sellers at NativeDSD. We’ve also included a handful of 'hidden' gems in there as well!

Celebrating 30 years of Channel Classics, NativeDSD offers a 30% discount on our 30 favorite DSD albums from the label (listed below). This special ends on May 4th, 2020.

Jared Sacks

 

A personal note from Jared

"Having had the opportunity and privilege to be part of the development of the Super Audio CD (SACD) and the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format featured on the SACD since the year 2000, it gives me great pleasure to see that DSD is alive and well.

Around 2012 things looked completely different. The major labels had long since dropped out in Europe and the U.S. markets, with only a handful of independent labels to carry on. Without the support of you - the high-end community - there would never have been the incentive for developers of DSD products, converters, and music to keep going in their quest for better sound. And we have all been rewarded by the results of their work.

Today, with a fantastic choice of Digital to Analog Converters (DACs), Digital Audio Players (DAPs) and of course recordings for the music listener at home, the market has been able to establish itself as a format of choice for quality. 

For these 30 recordings, I started with analogue converters from dCS to Ed  Meitner's EMM Labs and then to the AD1 from Grimm Audio and the Horus from Merging Technologies. I am sure you will be able to judge for yourself the difference. Like any ‘box’, the difference is not one of being better but one of personal taste of what you like to hear. I am sure you will be able to judge the difference for yourself. 

There are several recordings that I personally enjoy, that may be different from the usual suspects. Five of them I would like to highlight here: 

  • The Gents - Duruflè - Lux aeterna (male choir)

  • Holland Baroque with Eric Vloeimans - Old New and Blue (a meeting of Baroque, Jazz and Trumpet)

  • Ragazze Quartet - Riley - Four Four Three (music of Terry Riley with a unique set of musical performances, recorded in full immersive 360 degree Surround Sound for Multichannel DSD listeners!)

  • Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy - Rimsky and Co Originals (a Marine Marching Band plays the classics)

  • Rick Stotijn - Basso Bailando (a meeting of Double Bass, Harp and Violin)


All exceptional musicians and all a little different! 

Enjoy!" 

 

– Jared Sacks, Director/ Engineer at Channel Classics Records

 

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The 30 DSD Albums On Sale

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Vivaldi - La Stravaganza 12 Violin Concertos

Rachel Podger

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A Life of Tango

Alfredo Marcucci

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Duruflè - Lux aeterna

The Gents

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Philip Glass: Metamorphosis, The Hours

Lavinia Meijer

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Mahler - Symphony No. 1

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Old New and Blue

Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloeimans

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Bach - Mass in B Minor

The Netherlands Bach Society

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Basso Bailando

Rick Stotijn

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Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

Florilegium

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Vivaldi - L'Estro Armonico

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque

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Riley - Four Four Three

Ragazze Quartet

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Telemann Concertos & cantata Ihr Volker Hort

Florilegium

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Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6 in B minor

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Beethoven Piano Trios

Hamlet Piano Trio

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Mahler Symphony no. 3 in D-minor

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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String Quartets of Schubert, Dvorak

Dragon Quartet

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JuSt Bach

Johannette Zomer, Bart Schneeman

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Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2

Rosanne Philippens

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Spiegel (Mirror)

Ragazze Quartet

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Vivaldi - Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)

Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque

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Telemann - Essercizii Musici

Florilegium

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Bach Harpsichord Concertos 1,2,3

Marcin Swiatkiewicz

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Four Fantasies: Scriabin, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin

Anna Fedorova

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Rimsky and Co Originals

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

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Essentia

Dana Zemtsov, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Raiskin

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J.S. Bach Cello Suites

Rachel Podger

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Virtuosismo: Paganini & Vieuxtemps

Ning Feng, Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Rossen Milanov

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Tchaikovsky, Arensky

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

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Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Anna Fedorova - Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1

Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, -

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