An inspiring, authoritative, chronological overview of one of the defining label-orchestra relationships, documenting 100 years of recording between two giants in music, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon, from 1913 to 2013.
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Exceptional, reference readings of the great symphonic, concerto, choral, 20th century and operatic repertoire, starting with Arthur Nikisch in 1913 to Gustavo Dudamel in 2013, with Abbado, Karajan, Bernstein, Boulez, Fricsay and more in between.
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A chronological survey of DG / BP recordings, starting with Nikisch’s Beethoven Fifth and ending with Dudamel’s Strauss.
In between: all of Furtwängler’s studio recordings, 15 Karajan albums, 7 Abbado CDs, plus Bernstein, Boulez, Böhm, Giulini, Fricsay, Kubelik and more.
Plus soloists Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pierre Fournier, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wilhelm Kempff, Maurizio Pollini, Krystian Zimerman, Shura Cherkassky, Géza Anda.
Symphonic repertoire from Mozart to Shostakovich; Beethoven to Mahler, all the great central works
10 Concerto recordings: Beethoven’s Fourth and Emperor; Grieg Piano Concerto; Mutter’s Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bruch; Dvořák Cello Concerto from both Fournier and Rostropovich
Major choral works: Giulini’s Verdi Requiem, Böhm’s Missa solemnis, Abbado’s Mozart Requiem from Salzburg
20th-century masterpieces: including Shostakovich 10, The Rite of Spring, Ravel, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Furtwängler’s Second Symphony, Hindemith conducting Hindemith, Stockhausen’s Gruppen
Opera highlights from The Magic Flute (Böhm), Carmen, Götterdämmerung, Parsifal (all Karajan) – plus historical Wagner from Knappertsbusch and Richard Strauss conducting The Dance of the Seven Veils
The 96-page booklet has a newly-commissioned introduction on the DG / Berlin history by Dr. Helge Grünewald, the former archivist and Dramaturg of the Berliner Phliharmoniker; foreword by DG President Mark Wilkinson, and a Greeting from the Berliners themselves