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Telarc Surround Sound SACD Nominated for the Annual TEC Awards

Telarc International announced that their highly applauded Surround Sound Super Audio CD release of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5 and Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis (Telarc SACD 60676) has been nominated for a Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award. The disc received its nomination in the category of Surround Sound recording. Other nominees in the category include albums and DVD Videos by Porcupine Tree, James Taylor, Shakira and Paul McCartney. The winners of the 24th Annual TEC Awards will be announced on October 3rd at a ceremony to be held in San Francisco sponsored by Mix Magazine. read more…

Telarc Releases New Albums by Hiromi and David Russell in SACD Surround Sound

Telarc has released Surround Sound Super Audio CD editions of the latest albums by Jazz Pianist Hiromi and Classical Guitarist David Russell. The albums — Time Control by Hiromi and her Sonicbloom band and Art of the Guitar by David Russell — are «day and date» releases. read more…

Telarc Releases Russian Nights by Cincinnati Pops in SACD Surround Sound

Telarc Releases Russian Nights by Cincinnati Pops in SACD Surround Sound

For February, Telarc brings us another Surround Sound Super Audio CD by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Russian Nights is a “day and date” release with both the Hybrid Surround Sound SACD and the CD Audio edition of this album arriving on February 27th. According to Telarc, the album is the 83rd Telarc recording by Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the 19th of their albums that have appeared as Telarc Super Audio CD releases. In addition to the new Russian Nights SACD, Telarc’s Heads Up label also added a new title to the company’s catalog of upcoming Super Audio CDs. read more…

The Tierney Sutton Band and The Big Picture Highlight January SACDs from Telarc

Telarc followed up its special Super Audio CD sales and contest in January with the release of 4 Super Audio CDs. The release came during one of the busier weeks in sometime for SACD release activity in the U.S. read more…

Telarc Releases The Never Ending Waltz in 5.1 Super Audio CD Surround Sound

Telarc’s latest Surround Sound Super Audio CD release is a collection of 45 waltzes performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The new SACD titled The Never Ending Waltz was released to music stores on both Super Audio CD and CD Audio disc on the same day, becoming the label’s latest “day and date” title. (In the last few years, most of Telarc’s Super Audio CD releases have been “day and date” releases).

Telarc also has two more Surround Sound Super Audio CDs slated for release in late November. These two will wrap up the label’s SACD activity in 2006. Here’s further information on the new Cincinnati Pops Orchestra SACD as well as the two upcoming SACDs from Telarc. read more…

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Sheer ardor may not be Paavo Järvi’s strong suit, but he has a scientist’s precision with the sifting of orchestral textures, and his new Telarc recording reveals details almost completely lost in the murk of other performances of these familiar orchestral works by English masters Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar – even in performances led by the composers themselves. And Järvi’s sense of wonder never fails to make this music sound fresh and newly discovered. Best of all, Telarc’s engineers have either hit upon the perfect pieces for Cincinnati’s Music Hall, or else they’ve found some new insights to recording there. Whichever is the case, this release marks both Telarc’s and Paavo Järvi’s finest achievement yet in Cincinnati. read more…

Telarc Releases Ann Hampton Callaway Debut Album In SACD Surround Sound

Telarc’s latest Surround Sound SACDs feature actress, singer and songwiter Ann Hampton Callaway and the Diva Jazz Orchestra with Blues In The Night and the Soprano Christine Brewer and Donald Runnicles conduting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing compositions by Wagner and Strauss. read more…

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Great Film Fantasies’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Great Film Fantasies’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

In recent years, John Williams has written some concert pieces not connected with his extensive film scoring career. But if he wants concert immortality, then he need look no further than his music from George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ series. If he would arrange these into an effective concert suite (as opposed to the general selections now available), then we would have a wonderful concert suite (or two) on our hands. We have parts of one or more such suites on this new hybrid multichannel Super Audio CD from Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops on Telarc, but not everything passes the final cut. The music Williams seems to have been born to write is the opening title for the original ‘Star Wars’ (as it will always be to those of us old enough to have had our minds blown by seeing it when it first came out; it is now known by the catchy title ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’). Indeed, the first four tracks on this disc make a nice quasi-symphony. The music for the main titles of ‘A New Hope’ serves as an expansive, inspiring opening, the tender portrait of ‘Princess Leia’ is a fine slow movement, the rollicking ‘Cantina Band’ makes a joyous scherzo, and the ‘Imperial March’ stands as a pulse-pounding finale, albeit a rather dour one. read more…

Philharmonia Orchestra (Zander) – ‘Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Philharmonia Orchestra (Zander) – ‘Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Benjamin Zander returns with another distinguished contribution to his Telarc Mahler cycle, albeit one with less blazing conviction than his ‘Third’, ‘Sixth’, or ‘Ninth’. Initially, the concept of a Zander Mahler traversal may have appeared less enticing than a Michael Tilson Thomas cycle (at least to those not familiar with Zander). In the event, however, the Zander cycle has moved from strength to strength while the Tilson Thomas cycle, after an impressive start, has descended into the realm of sleek technical fetish. Zander, conversely, remains devoted to the emotional impact of Mahler, though this recording finds him more reserved than one might expect… or is it just the mix? read more…

Telarc Wraps Up Year With New Classical and Jazz Surround Sound SACDs

Audiophile labels Telarc and Heads Up wrapped up 2005 with releases of three Surround Sound Super Audio CDs. The new Telarc SACDs include releases of albums featuring performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. read more…

Concord Music Group Acquires Telarc International and Heads Up

The Concord Music Group today announced the acquisition of Telarc International Corporation. The Cleveland, Ohio-based Telarc has been a leader in classical and jazz recordings for over 25 years. Included in the transaction is Heads Up International, which became part of Telarc in 2000. read more…

Cincinnati Symphony (Jarvi) – ‘Debussy: Prelude а l’apres-midi d’un faune, Nocturnes, La Mer, Berceuse heroique’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Symphony (Jarvi) – ‘Debussy: Prelude а l’apres-midi d’un faune, Nocturnes, La Mer, Berceuse heroique’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

There was a time when only French conductors were good at the music of Debussy. If a Germanic conductor such as Leinsdorf or Szell played ‘La Mer’ (“The Sea”), it sounded more like ‘Das Meer’ (or ‘La Merde’ for less charitable listeners). Though the French remain dominant in this music, it says a lot for the stylistic growth of the art that this new Telarc hybrid SACD by Paavo Jдrvi and the Cincinnati Symphony falls more into the French tradition than into the generic modern style. Indeed, Jдrvi’s deployment of his forces suggests an awareness of the old-fashioned “French sound” that has all but disappeared from modern orchestras. On the other hand, those who dislike the dry, pointillist manner of the French style and long for reverb-laden washes of “evocative” sound may not find this to their liking at all. read more…

Telarc Releases SACDs from John Pizzarelli, Yellowjackets & Cincinnati Symphony

Telarc and its Heads Up Jazz label has released the latest albums by John Pizzarelli, the Yellowjackets and Paavo Jarvi conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Surround Sound Super Audio CD. All three discs are “day and date” releases – arriving in music stores in both SACD and CD format on the same date. They are also all Hybrid Surround Sound SACDs, designed to play on SACD and CD players with the disc’s full potential and Surround Sound capabilities available when played on a Super Audio CD player. read more…

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Rozsa: Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, King of Kings’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Kunzel) – ‘Rozsa: Three Choral Suites: Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, King of Kings’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Just as the sweep and pageantry of the great mid-twentieth century Biblical film epics were more concerned with high drama than with authentic historical detail, so the musical scores for these grand productions had more to do with the great late-romantic composers such as Mahler and Strauss than with the music of ancient times. Indeed, to this day, epic film music remains a highly developed branch of post-romanticism with many devoted followers. But this new Telarc SACD gives a chance to hear a luscious presentation of three suites arranged for chorus and orchestra from the evocative scores of Miklos Rozsa as independent works, an approach which is bound to attract a wider audience for this music which has been shamefully underrated for far too long. Rozsa may have been no Mahler, but he certainly can hold his own against many far more honored names in the classical pantheon. read more…

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