Telarc International Corporation

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Telarc International Corporation
Parent companyConcord Music Group
Founded1977 (1977)
FounderJack Renner
Robert Woods
GenreClassical, blues, jazz
Country of originU.S.
LocationCleveland, Ohio

Telarc International Corporation is an American audiophile independent record label founded in 1977 by two classically trained musicians and former teachers, Jack Renner and Robert Woods. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the label has had a long association with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Alhough it started as a classical music label, Telarc has released jazz, blues and country music recordings.

In 1996, Telarc merged with another independent label, Heads Up, now a Telarc subsidiary. In late 2005 both Telarc and Heads Up were bought by Concord Records. Today both labels operate as semi-autonomous units in the Concord Music Group.[1]

The Telarc Sound[edit]

Telarc is noted for the high quality of its recordings, encapsulated in the slogan "The Telarc Sound".[2] Its audio engineers are highly regarded in the recording business and have led Telarc to over 50 Grammy Awards on its own label and two others it distributes, Heads Up and MCG.[3] In 2004 it received the "Label of the Year" award from Gramophone magazine.[4] Telarc was one of the first labels to record music with a 20-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in the late 1980s and has used 24-bit formats since 1996. Currently, the majority of Telarc's releases are (generally hybrid) Super Audio CDs (SACDs) based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recordings.

Staff reduction[edit]

In February 2009, due to corporate restructuring at Concord Music Group, Telarc announced it would cut twenty-six jobs and that it would also stop producing its own recordings. These job cuts included the highly regarded, multi-award-winning production team. Telarc's founder and former president Robert Woods resigned in March 2009 and was replaced by Heads Up president Dave Love. Love was subsequently let go the following month. Five/Four Productions was formed by four members of the Telarc production team: Grammy award-winning engineers Michael Bishop and Robert Friedrich, Grammy award-winning producer Thomas Moore, and chief technician Bill McKinney.[5][6]

Keeping the Blues Alive[edit]

In 2013, the Blues Foundation honored Telarc with its 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award.[7] Every year the Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony was held in conjunction with the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC). The KBAs are awarded on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals to those working to actively promote and document the music.


  1. ^ Nicholas Wapshott (2009-02-09). "Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News |". Archived from the original on 2006-01-29. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  2. ^ "About Telarc International". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ Ferris, D.X. (14 February 2007). "Telarc wins again: Cleveland label, producer win five Grammys". Cleveland Scene. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ [1] Archived December 2, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Kathryn Kroll, The Plain Dealer. "Telarc International will cut 26 jobs and stop producing its own recordings |". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  6. ^ Serinus, Jason Victor (8 February 2009). "Once Telarc, Now Five/Four". Stereophile. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Search | The Blues Foundation". Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.

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