100 years of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon

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The Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon are probably a unique partnership in recording history: For an incredible 100 years, the label has been documenting the work of the orchestra, starting with Arthur Nikisch’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in 1913. To celebrate this anniversary, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon are releasing a comprehensive 50 CD special edition in September. The special feature of this edition is that until 6 May, music lovers all over the world are being invited to vote on what the collection should include. You can listen to and vote for over 250 recordings included on the Deutsche Grammophon website. As a thank you, those who take part in the vote will receive a 48-hour voucher for the Digital Concert Hall and will also be entered in a free prize draw to win a trip to the season opening concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker in August this year.


Even the selection list gives an impressive picture of this special partnership, starting from the first decades of recording history. Truly legendary musicians are represented here, including Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch, Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner. Wilhelm Furtwängler, whose earliest recording dates from 1926, is of course among them. The greater part of the orchestra’s discography is naturally dominated by Herbert von Karajan. His recordings on the famous yellow label have contributed significantly to the international reputation of the Berliner Philharmoniker. One of them is his interpretation of Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, the first music recording ever to appear on the market as a CD.

The CD era brought new life to the music industry, and this was also reflected in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s recording activity – with conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Boulez and especially with Karajan’s successor, Claudio Abbado. All of them are candidates for the anniversary edition – as well as rising star Gustavo Dudamel, whose latest recording of Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, demonstrates the continued vitality of the partnership of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon.

Herbert von Karajan (© Siegfried Lauterwasser)

Gustavo Dudamel (© Kai Bienert)

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