111 Years of Excellence
Deutsche Grammophon History
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    At the beginning of the new millen­nium, The Seagram Company Ltd. sells its Universal entertainment holdings... Launching of the edge label, dedicated to music that embraces the world. General Electric’s NBC-TV acquires the Universal film studio and theme parks divisions from Vivendi – leav... Deutsche Grammophon is named “Label of the Year” at the 2007 Classic FM/Gramophone Awards. The jury’s verd... After half a century at their Alte Rabenstrasse address, Deutsche Grammophon moves its headquarters to the...
    Deutsche Grammophon launches their digital-only label, DG Concerts – distributing live orchestral music via ... The DG Web Shop is launched – Deutsche Grammophon becomes the first major classical company to sell download... The DG Web Shop expands to include the mail-order sale of CDs and DVDs in Europe. Deutsche Grammophon thus b...
    Deutsche Grammophon begins its year-long Karajan 2008 campaign celebrating the legendary conductor’s 100th... To mark its 111th birthday in 2009, Deutsche Grammophon releases a 55-CD box-set containing 111 of its mos...
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    At the beginning of the new millennium, the Universal Music Group is purchased by the Vivendi Group, adding the largest record company to its portfolio as its new-media vision expands.

    Michael Lang becomes General Manager of Deutsche Grammophon in July 2001 and later is promoted to President. The keyword of his vision for the company is “revitalization” – Deutsche Grammophon focuses on strengthening its artist roster through new exclusive recording agreements.

    These signings include singers (Anna Netrebko, 2002; Rolando Villazón, 2005; Measha Brueggergosman, Elīna Garanča, and René Pape, 2006; Patricia Petibon, 2008; Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, 2009); pianists (Hélène Grimaud, 2002; Lang Lang, 2003; Rafał Blechacz, 2006; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 2007; Yuja Wang and Alice Sara Ott, 2008); violinists (Hilary Hahn, 2002; Giuliano Carmignola, 2003; Vadim Repin, 2006; Daniel Hope, 2007); and, in a decade that witnessed the passing of the legendary conductors Giulini, Kleiber, and Sinopoli, a new generation of conductors joins the label (Esa-Pekka Salonen and Andrea Marcon, 2003; Gustavo Dudamel, 2005; Daniel Harding, 2006). The contemporary scene is represented by ac­claimed composer Osvaldo Golijov, who releases the song-cycle Ayre in 2005 to inaugu­rate the first of a series of premiere recordings on DG.

    A new imprint, edge, is launched in 2003 for music that embraces the world and becomes the home for successful soundtracks (Frida, Motorcycle Diaries), iconic artists (Mercedes Sosa), and captivating projects such as the Café de los Maestros tango album.

    And in 2006 a new digital-only imprint, DG Concerts, brings top-flight, live orchestral recordings directly to iTunes listeners, inviting them into the great concert halls of the world via the internet.

    Next Deutsche Grammophon becomes the first major classical label to sell its recordings directly to music lovers over the internet. With the launch of its DG Web Shop in 2007, the complete catalogue is now available in more than 180 countries; in addition, over 1,000 out-of-print recordings are available again as downloads. Beginning in 2008 the online offering expands to include the mail-order sale of CDs and DVDs to European customers.

    In recognition of these remarkable achievements, Deutsche Grammophon is named “Label of the Year 2007” by Gramophone magazine – who writes: “Deutsche Grammophon stands for all that is best about classical music.”

    Artists Joining

    • Pierre-Laurent Aimard
    • Roberto Alagna
    • Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
    • Rafał Blechacz
    • Measha Brueggergosman
    • Diego el Cigala
    • Elvis Costello
    • Gustavo Dudamel
    • Orchestra of Venezuela
    • Catrin Finch
    • Elīna Garanča
    • Osvaldo Golijov
    • Ilya Gringolts
    • Hilary Hahn
    • Daniel Harding
    • Ben Heppner
    • Daniel Hope
    • Magdalena Kožená
    • Lang Lang
    • Yundi Li
    • Lucerne Festival Orchestra
    • Anna Netrebko
    • Orchestra Mozart
    • Alice Sara Ott
    • Patricia Petibon
    • Thomas Quasthoff
    • Vadim Repin
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen
    • Mercedes Sosa
    • Ramón Vargas
    • Alberto Veronesi
    • Rolando Villazón
    • Yuja Wang
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