First Hand Records

First Hand Records is a British label that releases the finest quality classical, world and jazz recordings performed by some of the greatest artists of the past, present and future.


Even though First Hand Records is a relatively new company, it has quickly flourished into a significant independent record label. Their recordings have be recognised by the press as ‘fascinating’ and ‘remarkable’ and are always produced to the highest quality standard. The label’s success is a result of high aesthetic value from an experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated team.

Next to outstanding new recordings, First Hand Records specialises in issuing important gems of the past on its historical sub-label FHR Remasters. Most of these recordings have never been recorded before and include releases newly discovered by the label through their research in various tape archives. Wherever possible, the label works from the original masters thus producing the best possible sound. They’ve been remarked by Gramophone Magazine as ‘Few remastering teams have attended to vintage tapes with more loving attention than First Hand Records’.

First Hand has unearthed musical treasures that were waiting to be unearthed.


First Hand Records’ repertoire includes interpretations by some of the finest artists of works by composers such as Brahms, Sibelius, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Alongside its high quality classical collection, ranging from early music to contemporary, First Hand Records also features world music and jazz recordings.

Numerous First Hand Records titles have been selected for Diapason d’Or and frequently as Gramophone Editor’s Choice/Reissue of the Month. Moreover, one of their recordings was awarded the Best Reissue/Vintage Recording of 2009 by International Piano Magazine. The Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal praised the label as ‘Musical archeologists, First Hand has unearthed musical treasures that were waiting to be unearthed, and for that they deserve the highest praise’.