Berlin, 6 December 2018 – Today, Universal Music Group’s Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest and best known classical label, announced that it will be marking the final chapter of its 120th Anniversary with an expanded series of live concerts, special events and record releases.

Last night, Wednesday 5 December, at Tokyo’s iconic Suntory Hall, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Diego Matheuz, in the presence of the Japanese imperial family, joined Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra for a programme of works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns. Today, Thursday 6 December, exactly 120 years since the label’s launch, the celebrations move across to Korea, with Seong-Jin Cho performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor K.466, alongside the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Lionel Bringuier, at the Seoul Arts Center. Anne-Sophie Mutter joins the Seoul party tomorrow, Friday 7 December, to open the evening’s programme with Bruch’s evergreen First Violin Concerto. Events will continue to roll out throughout 2019.

To date, #DG120 event live streams have reached a total audience of 1.8 million – starting with October’s ground-breaking performance at Beijing’s historic Imperial Ancestral Temple, Taimiao, just outside the Forbidden City. The first of its kind in 20 years, the night saw the first ever performance of a Chinese conductor on that site, when Maestro Long Yu joined the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform Orff’s Carmina Burana with Aida Garifullina, Toby Spence and Ludovic Tézier, before being joined by Daniil Trifonov to play Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2. To continue to engage an experiential and digitally driven, young audience, Deutsche Grammophon will continue to activate its Yellow Lounge classical club night format to the region – hosting future DG120 Yellow Lounge events across the continent, in partnership with Volkswagen Group.

Additional #DG120 highlights include The Shellac Project, a thrilling collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, to restore treasures from DG’s historic archives. The series has released 156 tracks to date, among them Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra with St. Louis Blues, recorded in 1934 and a recording of Pietro Mascagni conducting members of the Berlin Staatskapelle in a 1927 performance of the famous Intermezzo from his opera Cavalleria rusticana. This will grow by the anniversary year end to a total of 400 tracks. Releases will be made available through Yellow Label’s own channels and partner platforms including; Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon. Deutsche Grammophon has also released a highlights LP on 180-gram vinyl, to showcase the exceptional audio quality of the restoration process.


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