RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Meridian Records, founded in 1977 by John Shuttleworth and Francis Loring, is an independent British classical music recording label based in London. The label is known for its 'natural sound' recording technique which reproduces the concert-hall experience as closely as possible using only two microphones.
The company is currently run by managing director, chief sound engineer and editor Richard Hughes and producer and editor Susanne Stanzeleit, who also performs as a solo violinist.
It runs a training and internship scheme for those wishing to work in the classical music recording business.
Traditionally the label has specialised in recording unknown works and artists at the beginnings of their careers, and has played an important part in creating the early reputations of a diverse range of musicians.
Further information: www.meridian-records.co.uk
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