Chandos

Chandos Records is a British independent classical music label, based in Colchester, founded in 1979 by Brian Couzens. The label is highly noted for its ground-breaking search for neglected musical masterpieces and for taking the lead with the idea of the ‘series’.

Overview

Chandos is celebrated for the excellent and natural sound quality of its recordings, for which they have won many prestigious awards: Gramophone’s Record of the Year for Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony with the LSO and Choral Recording of the Year for Hummel's Masses. Chandos has also received five Grammy Awards: Best Opera Recording, Best Engineered Classical Album three times and Best Choral Performance.

Chandos initially arose from Chandos Music, a band music publisher established in 1963, and Chandos Pruductions (LP producer). The name ‘Chandos’ refers to the first Duke of Chandos, James Brydges, at whose home the composer Handel was engaged in-residence for a year (1717-1718).

When we talk about recordings in the highest resolution possible, we always refer back to the ‘studio master’ files. One label offered on primephonic that offers downloads of its studio master files is Chandos. Since its establishment in 1979, the label has only been associated with outstanding production qualities from its audio engineering technology to the booklet content of every album.

The Chandos legacy for a natural sound quality, was born by Brian Couzens, one of the best sound engineers of his time. When he passed away in April this year, the classical industry grieved but this spirit of delivering the highest audio quality files is still very much alive since his son, Ralph Couzens, took on the baton. Like all father-and-son relationships, Ralph has acquired the instincts of his father, which one can only pass down by inspiring with deep passion.

Speaking of performances, Chandos believes that it is in the artists’ own interests to maintain their standards as there is nothing worse than reading a bad review of one’s own performance. One key example of keeping close collaborations with artists is their partnership with Neeme Järvi. Jarvi has made a huge impression in the classical music world over several decades for recording lesser-known composers. Now he is conducting works of Fučík in the same fashion.

Outstanding production qualities from its audio engineering technology to the booklet content of every album.

Repertoire

The collection contains a wide range of classical music, including orchestral, choral and chamber music by Stravinsky, Brahms, Bartok, Bach and Chopin, as well as works of lesser-known British composers conducted by prestigious musical directors. Chandos is also noted for its movie series, preserving previously lost film scores by Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn.

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