Magazine article Gramophone

Celebrating 100 Years of Recording the Berlin Phil

Magazine article Gramophone

Celebrating 100 Years of Recording the Berlin Phil

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One hundred years ago the Berlin Philharmonic, under Arthur Nikisch, recorded Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. A century of collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon followed, in which some of the greatest partnerships between a conductor and orchestra--Furtwangler, Karajan, Abbado, to name just three were chronicled in increasingly impressive sound, helping to forge the mighty reputation of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Their story is our story--that is, for collectors of recordings, DG's relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic will be an integral part of any library, reference recordings by which others are compared, a legacy to be debated and discussed. But it also represents something wider still: the bond a listener can build with an ensemble, its players and its sound. There have been many fruitful, if shorter, orchestra/ label partnerships, and the past decade has seen a proliferation of both own-labels (from the likes of the LSO, Halle, Royal Concertgebouw and the Chicago Symphony) and streaming, not least from the Berlin Philharmonic itself. …

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