German classical record label Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft (DGG), the world's oldest surviving record company, was founded in 1898 by Emile Berliner. Following a series of takeovers, it became part of the PolyGram company, which was itself taken over by Universal Music Group in 1999.
The company has a very solid reputation for high-quality classical recording, a notable roster of singers, musicians and conductors under contract, and a large back-catalogue of recordings. Its subsidiary label Archiv Produktion has increased interest in early music.
DGG also pioneered the introduction of the CD format, releasing classical music performed by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in 1983.
A selection of M&V articles about Deutsche Grammophon
CD Spotlight. Ravishingly Beautiful - Karl Jenkins' Cantata Memoria, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... a deeply moving experience ...'
CD Spotlight. Treasurable Renditions - Sokolov at Salzburg, strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... Sokolov's playing is mesmerizing throughout ...'
CD Spotlight. Great Authenticity - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel for piano duet, recommended by Howard Smith. '... these performances will fulfill the highest technical expectations.'
Sameness in Performance? - Geoff Pearce asks if we've lost something precious in our search for perfection, and argues for a return to national styles of playing
CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology - Deutsche Grammophon's Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a hugely enjoyable set ...'
Ensemble. Excellent Performance - Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic at the Movies, seen and heard by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Considered - Music for violin and viola, heard by Howard Smith. 'Braun has a firm, bright, highly focused tone ...'
CD Spotlight. Quite Magical - Marin Alsop conducts Dvorák Symphonies, enjoyed by Howard Smith. 'The Baltimores' finale sings and blazes with equal compulsion ...'