Deutsche Grammophon: Celebrating 120 Years of Classical Wonders

Deutsche Grammophon: Celebrating 120 Years of Classical Wonders

Deutsche Grammophon (DG) might the oldest record label in the world, with an unprecedented treasure chest of an album catalog, but also a highly vital label to this day. Their iconic yellow label logo is still a brand of quality on levels; the performers, recordings and the sound quality all being world class.

Now, the label sets out on a ambitious 120th anniversary entitled DG 120, with a wide-ranging and carefully curated program of activities celebrating their past, present and future.

One important pillar of the celebration is the Shellac Project. To coincide with the 120th anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon went deep into their vaults for the rare surviving Galvano metal masters, recorded in the early 1900s.

These musical and historical treasures include a reading from Russian author Leo Tolstoy, early recordings by legendary American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, leading Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin and Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler.

Some of these classic recordings, with rediscovered and previously unreleased tracks, are already out in restored and digitized versions, and approximately 400 unique shellac records with the support of Google Arts & Culture will be released over the next months.

Another key element is the concert series. The DG 120 live festivities kicks off on October 10 in Bejing, with a spectacular launch concert at the site of Beijing’s historic Imperial Ancestral Temple (Taimiao), which stands just outside the Forbidden City. The concert will feature the globally renowned Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Long Yu, who will perform Orff’s Carmina Burana with Aida Garifullina, Toby Spence and Ludovic Tézier, and Daniil Trifonov performing Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert event program will continue way into the 2019 season, with other major events will take place in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. Check out the full list of events here.

Furthermore, DG will host various online exhibitions, a massive120 CD deluxe box set, rare LP releases and an exclusive range of merchandise.

Says Clemens Trautmann, president Deutsche Grammophon: “These are exciting times for classical music. Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary is about sharing classical music’s emotional force and expressive beauty with as many people as possible around the world. The Yellow Label’s founders used new technology to inspire millions and – together with our family of artists – we are determined to continue what they started as we engage established and future audiences with our DG120 campaign.”

Follow the DG 120 celebration here on TIDAL, where you can enjoy the albums in HiFi or full Master sound quality for your ultimate listening experience. Have a listen to the playlists above, including a DG 120 playlist, where you can discover 120 legendary tracks from 120 years, one focusing on the Shellac project and one playlist celebrating Deutsche Grammophon’s tradition of recording the great pianists.

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