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DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON AND THE BAYREUTH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM COLLABORATION


Katharina Wagner, Artistic and Managing Director of
the Bayreuth Festival
© Enrico Nawrath

Many notable Bayreuth Festival productions have been released by Deutsche Grammophon, including Patrice Chéreau’s “Centenary Ring” and the legendary staging of Tristan und Isolde starring Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen. Today the Yellow Label is happy to announce that DG and Bayreuth will once again be joining forces in a long-term collaborative project.

Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, welcomes this new phase in a remarkable musical partnership: “By combining tradition-conscious interpretations of Wagner’s scores with an innovative workshop approach, the Bayreuth Festival has always played a central role in shaping the reception of his music. DG’s operatic repertoire will be tremendously enriched by its relationship with the Festival, which has already produced a series of inspired benchmark recordings. We are thrilled to be able to continue working with such a great institution, and look forward to building on what is already a significant musical legacy, following in the spirit of Wagner’s own exhortation: ‘Children, create something new!’”

Katharina Wagner, Artistic and Managing Director of the Bayreuth Festival, adds, “We are delighted and inspired at the prospect of resuming our association with Deutsche Grammophon and of strengthening and breathing new life into a longstanding partnership. We are very much looking forward to our upcoming joint projects with a label renowned for its rich tradition of quality and expertise.”

From 2016 onwards, a leading new production from the Festival will be recorded for exclusive video release on Deutsche Grammophon. First in line is last season’s critically-acclaimed, 150th-anniversary production of Tristan und Isolde, directed by Katharina Wagner and starring Stephen Gould and Evelyn Herlitzius under the baton of Christian Thielemann. The Süddeutsche Zeitung praised Herlitzius’s portrayal of Isolde as follows: “Evelyn Herlitzius makes this story of forced marriage very much her own. She both sings and acts with sensitivity, naturalness and radiance, bringing out the mysterious and erotic nuances of the role.” Deutschlandradio Kultur commended the production as a “feast of singing, crowned by Stephen Gould’s stunning presence as Tristan”, while Der Spiegel concluded that “conductor Thielemann was in top form”.

Next year, Deutsche Grammophon plans to release Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s new staging of Parsifal, premiered in the current festival season. The 2017 season will see Australian director Barrie Kosky’s Bayreuth debut with a production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the film of which is set to be released by DG in 2018.


UNIVERSAL CLASSICS ARTISTS SHOWERED WITH AWARDS BY GERMANY’S 2016 ECHO KLASSIK JURY

Founded in 1994, the ECHO Klassik is one of the most prestigious classical music awards in the world. Nine Universal artists and ensembles will be honoured with top awards for their critically-acclaimed releases.


Among the slew of awards to be officially presented at a live-broadcast ceremony on 9 October in Berlin, the most coveted is the “Singer of the Year” honour which Anna Netrebko will receive for her recording of Verdi’s Macbeth on Deutsche Grammophon. Netrebko’s performance as Lady Macbeth in the New York Metropolitan Opera production “was incisive, exacting Verdi singing, with gleaming top notes,” wrote the New York Times.


Grigory Sokolov will receive an “Instrumentalist” award, in the category of, “Piano” for his recent album. Sokolov’s Schubert/Beethoven recital, recorded live in Berlin and also released as a concert film on DVD in April, is “the most important piano recital release in recent years,” said the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Zukerman’s award honours his re-visitation of The Lark Ascending and more English repertoire on his Vaughan Williams/Elgar album recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


The “Choir Performance of the Year” goes to DG’s Cantate Domino release by the Choir of the Sistine Chapel and choir director Massimo Palombella. “The acoustics of the chapel are hauntingly beautiful, as is the sensually sculpted sound of this choir.” (New York Times).



Deutsche Grammophon launches new collection available exclusively on iTunes

Legendary Yellow Label albums now available Mastered for iTunes

iTunes.com/Deutschegrammophon

Berlin, 1st April 2015



 

Deutsche Grammophon presents a major worldwide campaign, offering a special 32-album selection of truly legendary recordings from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. A further 30 albums will be added to the selection later in the year.  

 

All albums are available Mastered for iTunes, encoded from 24 Bit / 96 kHz high resolution masters, delivering music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. 18 of these are brand new re-masters from their original analogue sources, exclusively produced for iTunes. 



 

Featured artists include conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel, pianists such as Emil Gilels, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Hélène Grimaud, and instrumentalists and singers such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn and Anna Netrebko. 

 

Universal critical acclaim is common to the carefully chosen albums.  For example, BBC Music wrote of Mstislav Rostropovich’s recording of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic: “Rostropovich’s emotional and sonic power in this classic 1968 recording has never been bettered.”  Gramophone wrote of Gilel’s Grieg’s Lyric Pieces: “The Russian master brings these miniatures to life in performances full of palpable love for the music.”  And The Daily Telegraph said of Wilhelm Kempff’s performances of Beethoven’s Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos: “If you own just one Beethoven concerto album, this should be it.”



 

Deutsche Grammophon’s Grammy-award winning Producer, Sid McLauchlan, commented on the high sound quality of Mastered for iTunes: 

"We conducted a blind listening test in a studio, switching between our 24 Bit/96 kHz studio masters and Mastered for iTunes and found the differences astonishingly small. Nor did they fit into categories like "better" or "worse". It was more like: Is there ANY difference? The warmth, clarity and tonal qualities of the voices, instruments and their acoustic spaces were all there, as was that intangible: emotion. Our conclusion was that the differences were too small to be noticeable and we couldn’t tell which one was which, nor which one was better than the other! - Mastered for iTunes is a definite win for the classical consumer.”

 

 

18 brand-new titles, exclusively Mastered for iTunes.
Available now on iTunes: www.iTunes.com/deutschegrammophon