Lebrecht's done it again.
According to Stereophile, rumors of Telarc's death are exaggerated:
Plans are for Telarc itself to continue with new projects (farmed out) in order to keep their catalog alive. The company's 2009 schedule includes 15 classical releases; 33 jazz, pop, and cabaret titles from both Telarc and subsidiary label Heads Up; and two blues discs. So far, only two multichannel SACDs are planned: Vivaldi's Four Seasons, from Martin Pearlman's Boston Baroque; and Bruckner's Symphony 5, from the Philharmonia Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, the latter to be released in late March.
And who will be making these farmed out new productions? Why, the Telarc production team, which will continue in existence as an independent production company called Five/Four Productions Ltd. According to the story, "the men have already begun recording projects in multiple genres for the Cleveland Orchestra, Telarc, and other high-profile clients."
Five/Four hit the ground running long before they expected to: "Four months before they'd planned to get going on outside projects, the Cleveland Orchestra contracted 5/4 to record fabulous soprano Measha Brüggergosman and the orchestra in selections by Richard Wagner. The recording will join other Wagner tracks on a Cleveland Orchestra all-Wagner disc from DG scheduled for release in 2010. Audiophiles will then be able to compare the PCM sound on DG's recent Cleveland Orchestra recording of Beethoven's Symphony 9 with the sound in DSD of the same orchestra, as captured by 5/4."
Here's the whole article, published about a month before Lebrecht's, which popped right up when I googled Cleveland Orchestra Telarc:http://www.stereophile.com/news/once_telarc_now_five-four/
How this will work out in the longer term remains to be seen, and it's possible that Telarc will eventually cease publishing new classical recordings. Anything is possible. But if Five/Four is able to make a go of it, and the Cleveland Orchestra and others continue to be recorded by them, who cares what brand name the new recordings are sold under? A Telarc recording by any other name...
Lebrecht, of course, has got it wrong. The true story is that Telarc will continue in existence as a label; it will continue to issue new releases; and its new recordings, or at least some of them, will be made by the same production team that formerly shared its office space. This is not a death, it's a restructuring. But that's not sensational enough for our Norman, his hobby horse is the death of classical recording, his mind's made up and he isn't interested in the facts.