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Channel Classics Records

Specializing in classical music, the Dutch label Channel Classics Records was founded in 1990 by C.Jared Sacks, a young American born in Boston, Massachusetts. Sacks obtained a complete musical education (receiving lessons on trumpet, piano, composition and conducting) at Oberlin Conservatory and then at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, alongside gaining fifteen years of experience as a hornist.

Then, in 1987, Sacks decided to focus more fully on his long-time hobby, sound recording, a passion that had driven him for many years. Due to his frustration at the fact that many classical interpretations were not as well recorded as he wished them to be, he decided to create his own label. Sacks employed a name inspired by the ‘Kanaalstraat’, the name of the street on which he lived.

C. Jared Sacks now runs the label with his wife, Lydi Groenewegen. The pair are constantly concerned with obtaining the highest quality of sound, providing unflinching support for their artists, but also affording them a complete freedom to which the artists respond with reciprocal fidelity. Amongst the noteworthy figures on the label, one can discover the work of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Rachel Podger, Johannette Zomer, Florilegium, Candida Thompson, Pieter Wispelwey, and the Netherlands Bach Society...

C. Jared Sacks believes that the overall benefit provided by the use of SACD stereo / multichannel is so great that, since 2006, he has converted more than 140 CDs from his catalogue into this format.
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