I’m a sucker for a cello concerto. There’s something about them that gets me right in the heart and soul. The first one that really spoke to me was Dvorak’s, and I’ve had a soft spot for them ever since. Somehow, the prolonged sound of a cello seems to unravel the knots of everyday life … More Talking tape: Elgar’s Cello Concerto from Horch House, featuring Jacqueline du Pré
The Austrian-based Horch House has a well-earned reputation for producing very high quality copy-master tapes directly from legendary analogue recordings. These recordings include classical works, jazz, blues and easy listening. Following meetings between Horch’s Volker Lange and Doris Kaempfert, the daughter of the well-known jazz and easy listening orchestra leader and composer Bert Kaempfert, Horch … More Neville Roberts on Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Bye Bye Blues’ from Horch House
One of the first master tape copies I ever bought was Bert Kaempfert’s A Swingin’ Safari from Horch House, which I blogged about way back in December 2015. “The album was known in America by the title of the second track, ‘That Happy Feeling’ – which is precisely what it delivers,” I wrote. The other … More New titles from Horch House – and a special offer on shipping (but be quick!)
I’m delighted to report that I recently heard from Volker Lange, one of the reel-to-reel revival’s earlier pioneers. Volker was the main man behind the Austrian tape label Horch House, which he set up in 2014. Right from the start, Volker had some rather impressive successes in negotiating with the big labels to acquire the … More A warm welcome back to…. Horch House!
Here’s a new year brain teaser: what was first attempted in Austria, shortly thereafter taken up in Germany and is now being hotly pursued by a Greek? The answer (of course, given the above title) is the development of a brand new reel-to-reel tape deck. And whoever gets there first will have quite the world … More Will 2018 be the year of reel-to-reel, as Metaxas & Sins announces the creation of new ‘GQT’ Portable Analogue Tape Recorder, and the Ballfinger M-063 comes to market?
Star Wars fans are in for yet another treat… ever fancied hearing the master tapes of the original film soundtracks? Now you can, thanks to a recent deal struck between Sony Music Entertainment and master tape copying experts Horch House. Austria-based Horch House was created for the sole purpose of bringing the magic of original … More Master tapes of original Star Wars soundtracks and more: latest releases from Horch House
Bert Kaempfert’s album, ‘A Swingin’ Safari’, was recorded in Hamburg’s Polydor Studio in 1961/62. At 50+ years old, the original master tape isn’t quite what it used to be. But now, thanks to master tape experts Horch House, this aged recording has been brought back to life and faithful copies of the ‘refurbished’ master are … More ‘That happy feeling’: Horch House master tape copies win over reviewers