We regret to report the death today of Brian Couzens, founder of the Chandos label. He was 82.
From an inauspicious base in Colchester, Essex, starting in 1979, he launched numerous international conducting careers – Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Jiri Belohlavek, Edward Gardner, Gianandrea Noseda and many more.
His repertoire tastes were broad and adventurous. Arvo Pärt and Mieczyslaw Weinberg made early appearances on Chandos, along with much neglected English music.
Uninterested in personal glory, Brian left the label in the capable hands of his son, Ralph. Our respects to his memory and sympathies to the family. Many artists will feel sad tonight.
UPDATE: How Brian Couzens twice saved the record business here.
Brian Couzens (l.) with Sir Charles Mackerras and son, Ralph.