is an American record label
, distributed by Universal Music Group
, which specializes in film scores
and original cast recordings
. It aims to reissue rare or unavailable albums
as well as newer releases by artists no longer under a contract. The label's name was derived from combining French
-born composer Edgard Varèse
's last name with the musical term, sarabande
, a slow Spanish dance.
Varese Sarabande roots trace back to 1972
, with the introduction of a predecessor imprint called Varese International. The first LP release was Lumiere
by Dub Taylor. Varese International Records was originally conceived as an avant garde
classical label. In the years that followed, under the management of the founder–owners, Dub Taylor and Chris Kuchler, the label expanded its catalogue to include jazz, Classical and other genres of recordings. In 1977, Tom Null's Sarabande Records merged with Varese International to form Varese Sarabande Records. The early LP issues of the label were reissues of Classical recordings from the American Decca, Remington and JVC labels. The first film soundtrack LP album was released in 1978.
Originally founded in 1977 by Tom Null, Chris Kuchler and Dub Taylor, this label was first stationed at 6404 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. During its early years, it issued classical music and film score LPs and became the world's largest producer of original motion picture scores on compact disc. In 2003, Varèse celebrated its 25th... Read More