Varèse Sarabande is an American record label, owned by Concord Music Group and 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.
|Parent company||Concord Music Group|
|Founded||1972 (as Varèse International)|
1977 (as Varèse Sarabande)
|Distributor(s)||Universal Music Distribution (worldwide distribution)|
Craft Recordings (reissues)
Original cast recordings
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Beverly Hills, California|
Varèse Sarabande's roots trace back to 1972, with the introduction of a predecessor imprint called Varèse International. The first LP release was Lumiere by Dub Taylor. Varèse 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 Varèse International to form Varèse 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.
Initially, the new label was located at 6404 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. During its early years, it issued classical music and film score LPs, and in the 1980s and 1990s, became the world's largest producer of original motion picture scores on compact disc. In 2003, Varèse celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing two 4-CD compilation sets. Additional 4-CD sets were released in 2008 and 2013 to commemorate the label's 30th and 35th anniversaries.
Presently, the label is owned by Concord Records and operates out of their Los Angeles offices, where Varèse continues to release new music and re-issues of its vast catalog of owned and licensed material. A commercial website dedicated to Varèse Sarabande releases can be found at VareseSarabande.com. The Varèse CD Club is their signature line dedicated to unreleased and/or expanded versions of classic soundtracks. All CD Club titles are limited edition and only available for purchase via the Varèse site.
In 2019, record producer Robert Townsend departed after three decades with the label. 
This German record label (based in Nuremberg) was Varèse Sarabande's European equivalent which marketed most Varèse Sarabande titles overseas and had done so since the inception of the 47000 CD series. The initial Varèse CDs sold in Europe were either imported from Varèse or pressed by Colosseum using JVC disc technology. Varèse pressed CDs featured a solid black design, while the Colosseum pressings had the same designs printed in outline red. Thus each label could print titles independently, and many Varèse titles that went out of print in the US were sometimes available from Colosseum.
After 1989, Colosseum made several CD pressings that were exclusive to Europe and, because of their connection to Varèse, were given a VSD catalogue number. Presently, Colosseum had expanded their output with their own series of releases apart from the Varèse line, with CVS replacing VSD on specific European pressings of new Varèse titles. Some VSD listings were occasionally visible on certain reissues and exclusive digital downloads.
The label was also the exclusive distributor of Varèse Club titles in Europe and occasionally had titles available long after they sold out in the United States.
The label has ceased operations as of late 2015.
VP of Soundtrack A&R: Cary E. Mansfield
Senior Director of Marketing: Jeff Safran
Social Media: Hakancan Altiner
Catalog Development: Bryon Davis
- Official website
- Varèse Vintage Website
- Colosseum Schallplatten
- b566172d-dd7f-4a90-8519-cf9f69753388, c38eea0f-1164-4d33-b88e-275eb0337977 Varèse Sarabande publishing catalog at MusicBrainz
- Tom Null's The Remington Series