Your ears are important to us. They are your most sensitive organs, incapable of ‘listening away’. That’s why, since 1977, we at Meridian Records have continued to believe that our listeners’ ears deserve the very best in ‘natural sound’ recording when it comes to the enjoyment of classical music.
On the basis that we take just two ears to the concert hall, our founders, the late John Shuttleworth and the late Francis Loring, had the vision to begin an independent classical label that uniquely recorded with just one pair of high-quality microphones. To this day, we source a recording venue with the very finest acoustic and avoid all artificial processing such as compression, equalisation and artificial reverberation in order to create the closest concert hall experience you will ever find recorded.
This revered approach, coupled with our success in championing new and established artists performing both well-known and previously unrecorded repertoire, has resulted in the continued and valued loyalty of our artists and listeners for the last forty years.
We hope you enjoy it too!
What they say about us: Forty years of praise
E77003 (later CDE 84256) - Consort Music of the English Renaissance The technical standard of this disc is absolutely superb, with an open natural acoustic and realistic stereo imagary.[DB - Practical Hi-Fi, June 1978]
E77088 (later CDE 84297) - Anthems by S.S. Wesley This recording is another example from Meridian of just how well a single microphone pair can handle complex and extensive material. [Peter Turner - Hi-Fi News, May 1985]
CDE 84370 - French Choral Music Meridian's recorded sound is excellent, its clarity catching every delicate nuance of the phrasing; the resonance makes the sound radiant without being distracting. [Janet Banks - BBC Music Magazine December 1997]
CDE 84404 - Hummel Trios and Scottish Song Settings The care that has gone into both recording quality and the performances on this disc is evident, and is fully recommended. [Ian Graham-Jones - Early Music Review, October 1999]
CDE 84412 - Israeli Wind Virtuosi The recording is detailed without being spotlit and is a pleasure to hear. [Colin Clarke, 2000]
CDE 84430 - Turina Violin Sonatas Meridian captures the sound of both instruments with gorgeous clarity and fine balance [Roderick Dunnett - The Strad, October 2000]
CDE 84458 - Bush Chamber Works vol. 1 "convincingly played, excellently engineered and attractively presented, should be on everyone's shopping list" [Piers Burton-Page International Record Review, December 2002]
CDE 84469 - Enescu Music for Violin and Piano "Stanzeleit & Jacobson bring a spirited eloquence to these performances, revelling in the sonatas' virtuoso demands as well as their atmospheric lyricism, and they're recorded in a pleasantly natural ambience - HIGHLY RECOMMENDABLE" [Calum MacDonald BBC Music Magazine March 2003]
CDE 84547 - Bridge - Howells - Alwyn - Scott The Primrose Piano Quartet The sound quality of the disc is second to none and the playing is all one could imagine from a group that has named itself after William Primrose (1904-1982) who was one of the finest violists of the 20th century. The Primrose Quartet was founded in 2004 by four well known chamber musicians. Amongst other things they have and are championing ‘under-represented - British composers. [John France - Musicweb International Sept 2006]
CDE84656 Mendelssohn Double Concerto, Piano Concerto Ivo Stankov - Violin, Lachezar Stankov - Piano Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Cond. Linus Lerner
'...superb playing of both orchestra and soloists...'
'...Readers who have not yet encountered the works of the young Felix Mendelssohn, should lend an ear to this recording, and those who already have a recording of the double concerto, which probably is the original version with string accompaniment, will be surprised by the heft and exuberance of the full orchestra variant. With a full-toned, well-balanced recording and inspired music making this is a disc to treasure...'[Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International, February 2020]
Who are Meridian Records?
Since the beginning in 1977, Meridian has employed trainee producers and engineers and general managers. Over the years employees have learnt the craft and moved on to other companies filling various positions. The training they received at Meridian meant they could utilise their skills in the music business. Some leaving to set up as freelance producers and some even setting up their own labels.
We are very proud of the legacy that the training at Meridian provided to those individuals who have shone and continue to produce in the business.
Meridian is owned and managed by Richard Hughes (Managing Director/Chief Sound Engineer/Editor) Richard joined Meridian Records in 1989 as a trainee manager. To date he has recorded over 450 CDs and built up an international reputation for capturing a musician's individual and natural sound. Artists have repeatedly asked him out to many countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia to record. Richard became manager in 1995 and has since been responsible for the operation of Meridian Records.
Susanne Stanzeleit (Producer & Editor) Susanne performs worldwide as a solo violinist, chamber musician and guest-leader of many orchestras and smaller ensembles. Her extensive repertoire features many commissions and UK premieres of works by some of today's leading composers.
Over the years she has released more than 40 CDs as soloist and chamber musician. She had always been intrigued by the recording process, especially the role of the producer. She started producing on a part-time basis for Meridian Records, and when Meridian's last full-time producer announced his departure in the summer of 2006, Susanne resigned from her position of Head of Strings at the London College of Music to take over his position. Recording artists appreciate being led through their sessions by someone who knows what it is like to be on the other side of the microphone, and Susanne certainly enjoys helping them to sound their best.