About FHR

FHR release the finest quality classical, world and jazz recordings performed by some of the greatest artists of the past, present and future. FHR has established itself as a significant independent record label. Indeed, their releases have been recognised by the press as “fascinating” and “remarkable” and are always produced to the highest standard. Their success is a product of high aesthetic value from an experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated FHR team.

Alongside exciting new recordings, FHR specialise in issuing important gems of the past on its historical sub-label FHR Remasters. Most of these recordings have never been issued before and include recordings newly discovered by FHR through their research in various tape archives. To date, FHR have licensed recordings from the EMI, HMV, Pye/Nixa, Universal/Westminster, Capitol Records catalogues, broadcast recordings from BBC Radio, NCRV in Holland and Bavarian Radio, and Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS). Wherever possible, FHR work from the original masters thus producing the best possible sound. Indeed, it has been written that “Few remastering teams have attended to vintage tapes with more loving attention than First Hand Records…” (Gramophone Magazine).

A number of FHR titles have been selected as Diapson D’OR, frequently as a Gramophone Editor’s Choice/Reissue of the Month, Musicweb-International CD of the Month and a number of 5-star reviews in BBC Music Magazine. Their Shura Cherkassky release “The complete HMV stereo recordings” was awarded the Best Reissue/Vintage Recording of 2009 by International Piano Magazine.

Comments from the press:

“Hats off to First Hand Records” (Musical Opinion)

“An outstanding set from First Hand Records…” (International Record Review)

“Musical archaeologists, First Hand has unearthed musical treasures that were waiting to be unearthed, and for that they deserve the highest praise” (Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal)

“the remastering is a complete success…” (Glarean Magazine, Germany)

“Three cheers for this hugely welcome follow up to First Hand Records’ invaluable restoration of Boult’s August 1956 Elgar, Walton and Britten recordings for Nixa-Westminster” (Classical Source)

“A Best of the Year addition” (Audiophile Audition)

“First Hand Records deserves much praise for releasing this material…” (In Tune International)

“Really, as I said earlier, this is a most impressive issue with quality transfers to match. High standards are set here.” (Musicweb-International)

“As with the first volume, FHR has done an extraordinarily good job with the remastering of these early stereo recordings…” (International Record Review)

“The presentation is first class, with two good and informative essays and some evocative black and white session photographs. First Hand Records have done us a great service in making these recordings available again and in doing such a fine job over the transfers and presentation.” (Musicweb-International)

“This fascinating and rewarding set from First Hand Records has given enormous pleasure, not least due to the excellent presentation, which includes very informative booklet notes” (Classical Source)

The production is exemplary… I recommend you snap up this marvellous set without delay” (Fanfare Magazine)

“…it’s nice to see them celebrate with such a neat and technically well prepared package.” (Gramophone Magazine)

Another very attractive release from First Hand Records…With handsome re-mastering by Ian Jones and excellent, informative notation” (Classical Source)

It is first class in every respect. And I liked the book-like format which opens out neatly; its elegant simplicity is just right. An admirable release.” (Musicweb-International)

First Hand Records Ltd
64 Monkswood Ave
Waltham Abbey

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