Outhere Music acquires Channel Classics Records
Outhere Music is pleased to announce the acquisition of the prestigious Dutch label Channel Classics Records, founded by Jared Sacks in 1990. Channel Classics has acquired a strong international reputation due to the quality of sound produced and recorded by Jared Sacks, as well as his A&R discoveries and collaborations over the past 31 years.
Boasting an impressive catalogue of over 450 titles, Channel Classics’ long-term key artists include Rachel Podger, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ning Feng, Pieter Wispelwey, and other great interpreters. Ensembles include Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Ragazze Quartet, and Florilegium. While three of the promising upcoming soloists on the label are Rosanne Philippens, Dana Zemtsov, and Anna Fedorova.
The integration into the Outhere Music group will enable Channel Classics to perpetuate its productions and reach new audiences, while benefiting from Outhere’s experienced support teams and market reach. Jared Sacks will continue to collaborate closely with Channel Classics to further develop the label and its unique spirit.
Jared Sacks, Founder, Engineer and Producer of Channel Classics, says: “With teams in Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Milan, London, and recently Mexico, I am proud that Outhere Music will provide an even wider reach for Channel Classics. They will promote artists and their albums through their extensive worldwide digital and physical network. By this acquisition, Charles confirms his policy of supporting creative labels”
Charles Adriaenssen, Founder and President of Outhere Music, says: “I’m delighted that Channel Classics is joining our group. Jared is a mythical figure in the world of classical music and we share a passion for quality and beauty. I’m proud and happy to work with him to perpetuate and develop his label within our family.”
About Channel Classics
Channel Classics Records is a quality record label based in the Netherlands. Its founder, producer and recording engineer is Jared Sacks. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied French Horn at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 1987, Jared Sacks decided to turn his hobby of recording music into a profession. The label started in 1990 and he named it Channel Classics because of the street that he lived on in Amsterdam; the Kanaalstraat (‘Channel Street’). The label has since moved to Herwijnen.
Over the years, an impressive catalogue was built and praised for its perfect combination of sound and performance, winning numerous Awards from leading classical music magazines such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and Diapason.
About Outhere Music
One of the world’s largest independent classical music production and recording groups, Outhere Music distributes its recordings all over the world. They range from early to contemporary music, by way of jazz and world music.
Outhere Music emphasises production quality, strong ties with the artists, scrupulous attention to the realisation of every project and a keen interest in the new forms of distribution and relations with audiences. The Outhere Music group was founded in 2004 by Charles Adriaenssen and is established in Brussels, Paris, Milan, Cologne, London and Mexico.
While the group’s best known label Alpha Classics opens its catalogue to repertoires and artists of international stature, the other labels of the group: Ricercar, Phi, Arcana, Linn Records, Ramée, Outnote Records and Fuga Libera, have very strong identities and offer outstanding, though more specific musical experience. Outhere Music aims to fulfil its role as a major independent and international production company, with a clear focus on high quality cultural products.
Didier Martin, Jared Sacks & Charles Adriaenssen © Caroline Lessire