Creator: Varèse Sarabande
The company logo, informally known as "The Bug".
Varèse Sarabande was founded in 1977 as the result of a merger between the small classical labels Varèse International and Sarabande Records as a label to distribute reissues of classical albums from companies such as Decca and JVC. Eventually, they branched into jazz music, Broadway recordings and, most notably, film scores. In 1988, Varèse Sarabande began a partnership with MCA, and today it has released over 1,100 film scores and cast recordings. Currently headed by Robert Townson, the company not only releases work from legends such as John Williams
, Jerry Goldsmith
and Bernard Herrmann
, but also supports newer composers such as Alexandre Desplat
, Brian Tyler
and Marco Beltrami. The label has also released two CD compilations of theme music from North American game shows
The company's success has led to competitors (and often Friendly Rivals
) such as Intrada Records, La-La Land Records, Kritzerland and Perseverance Records. In a way, Varèse Sarabande's success showed that there was a market for film scores and the company has benefited strongly.
The company also operates Varèse Vintage, a sublabel for pop music reissues and compilations.
The listing below only includes albums that had their initial
release on the label (with the exception of Spartacus
in the Alex North folder). Titles with asterisks have also been released by the label in expanded form.
Among their many, many releases (and the individual folders do not include all the albums on the label from that particular composer):
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- Jerry Goldsmith is such a favourite of the label that this isn't even half of his total output with them:
James Newton Howard
- The Dead
- The Last Butterfly (North's final score)
- Spartacus (label head Robert Townson's all-time favourite score)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (re-recording of his original score, conducted by his friend Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada later released the film tracks)