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111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon: 55 CD Anthology Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition

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2009 Marks The 111th Anniversary Of Deutsche Grammophon. Over 11 Decades, The Label's Philosophy Has Always Been 'The Greatest Recordings By The Greatest Artists In The World' And Now They Showcase This With This Incredible 55 Cd Box Set. This Unique Collection Forms Dg's Major Release In Its 111th Anniversary Celebrations. The Limited Edition Box Set Gathers Together Many Landmark Recordings, From The Past To The Present. Most Of Them Appear Complete, As Originally Programmed, In Their Original Cover Art And Several Include Additional Material. It Is A True Library Of Music, Artists And Recordings Extending From Abbado To Zimerman, Monteverdi To P„rt, Furtw„ngler To Dudamel-- There's Never Been Anything Quite Like It Before. The Opulent Deluxe Box With Hinged Lid Opens Up To Reveal The Neatly Stacked Contents Of 51 'Original Jacket' Albums And 150-Page Booklet.

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"With 111 years of history behind it, Deutsche Grammophon remains the world's largest and proudest classical music label. Since its 100th anniversary eleven years ago, it has continued to thrive in an especially challenging global environment for recorded music. For me, in nearly two decades of leading the worldwide classical-music business for Universal, it has been a huge but rewarding challenge to help guide this great label into the future. Deutsche Grammophon continues to flourish because it has never lost sight of its underlying philosophy: Support the artist with the means to make great music and deliver this great music to the public in a beautiful package with creative ideas." Christopher Roberts President Classics and Jazz Universal Music Group International

For me, Deutsche Grammophon's anniversary also represents an exceptionally fruitful collabo-ration between artist and record label. I congratulate Deutsche Grammophon's great team on this unique anniversary - may they continue to bring unprecedented beauty to the ears of the world. Anne-Sophie Mutter

In the world of classical music, Deutsche Grammophon's Yellow Label has long been acknowl-edged as a symbol of high quality, and it still is today. My own relationship with the company, although not exclusive, has been an extremely productive one, and it has been going on for about forty percent of Deutsche Grammo­phon's 111-year history! Plácido Domingo

My earliest musical memories are my mother playing the piano and the sounds from my parents' record collection. Those records, mainly Deutsche Grammophon LPs, were both my conserva-tory and the gates to a magic world of possibility in sound and drama. When listening to them as a child growing up in a small town in Argentina in the 1960s, I was in the house, in the world, but in another world as well. This form of ritual listening has changed with the new technologies, but I will cherish it forever, as a key experience of my early life and one that also shaped me as an adult. I feel profoundly grateful for those memories, and honoured to have my music now part of the DG world. Osvaldo Golijov

What makes DG such a special record company? It's much more than an impressive history, tradition and catalogue. It's the people at the label who carry the torch into the future and make up a real family and creative home for so many of today's musicians. Everyone in this team im-plements a strong and courageous vision with total dedication and energy - not only physical and mental, but often emotional as well. For that is truly what makes the difference: they engage their hearts to create a fertile and inspiring environment for us musicians. Congratulations on this remarkable anniversary and many happy returns. Hélène Grimaud

It is a great honour for me to join DG's family of exceptional musicians and singers, and to be part of a label which has an extremely rich history and tradition. For me, DG is also a testimony of past and future generations and I would like to carry on this tradition. Patricia Petibon

Since I came to Deutsche Grammophon, my life has been one exciting musical challenge after another. And my record company is always by my side to capture every moment for listeners and viewers everywhere. Thank you, DG, and Happy Birthday! Anna Netrebko

Deutsche Grammophon has given me and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela incredible opportunities and encouragement. Thank you, DG, and congratulations on another milestone anniversary. Gustavo Dudamel

Deutsche Grammophon represents a wonderful tradition of making timeless music accessible to many people and preserving great interpretations for future generations. I admire DG because both of these things are of paramount importance to me as a musician and as a human being. In its 111 years Deutsche Grammophon managed to find unique synergy between the traditional and the new. I felt this very strongly in all our col­laborations. I salute this amazing label and wish its team continued success and inspiration. Lang Lang

I have recorded for Deutsche Grammophon for nearly 40 years. During this time we have docu­mented a large part of my repertoire, including major works of contemporary music. I have always found the greatest professionalism in the people who collaborate with me - from executives to recording producers and technicians. I shall always be grateful to Deutsche Grammophon for enabling me to work under the best imaginable conditions. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in all these years has played a highly important role in producing discs which, along with the most famous titles, also include important works that are not so popular - with a strong presence in chamber and early as well as contemporary music. In the difficult current situation, nearly all the recording companies and concert organizations find themselves confronted with an awkward decision: should they take the easier, more com-mercial path, based on easily marketable works? In my view, that would be a great mistake. My wish is that the all-important role of these institutions in making all music available will con-tinue in the future. I am convinced that despite the difficulties in the long run that would be the more fortunate choice. Maurizio Pollini

My father worked in a recording company when I was a boy, and he used to bring a lot of LPs to our house. He brought mostly recordings from the label he was working with (CBS), but some-times also some from other labels and whenever he brought home a DG album, it somehow seemed to me that it "weighed" more. What made it heavier? Tradition, quality, art - and some¬thing else that I was not able to explain then. I felt that what I held in my hands (and heard in my ears) was not only an LP, but an artistic object, a little treasure. The same elements that gave weight to LPs then continue to be present in the CD of today, but DG has also been alert and dynamic, and reacted to the challenges of modernity. It remains the label with the oldest and best tradition, but is also the most modern classical label. Being part of DG is a big responsibil-ity and has allowed me to understand that other element I could not explain as a child: What makes DG the label it is, are the people working there. All of them are knowledgeable, passion-ate, adventurous and full of enthusiasm. To all of those who have built the great yellow label in these 111 years I say "Congratulations", and to all of you whom I am lucky to work with I say, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you! Rolando Villazón

To me, Deutsche Grammophon represents a record company that is the reference standard for classical music, so it meant a great deal to me when at the age of 40 I first signed with them. To be accepted by that family of musicians gave me a very good feeling. My best reminiscences of DG have to include recording the Schumann Concerto with Claudio Ab-bado. That was very special. Another special moment was when I signed my first contract in the old Vienna office with Aman Pedersen, and I still think very fondly of the first meeting I ever had with Dr. Andreas Holschneider, and how he impressed me with his culture and vast knowledge. The quality of the recordings on the DG label is always very high indeed. The expertise of the recording teams I have worked with has always been of the very highest order, and I have had the good fortune of working with the same Tonmeister (Helmut Burk) on most of my records. DG has always provided excellent conditions in which to work (something not always found in the recording business), and I am most appre­ciative for the support and understanding I have received from the company during the many years of our collaboration. Maria João Pires

Deutsche Grammophon for me has always meant a guarantee of quality. Now it's also a musical family I feel very close to, with the finest artists and the top professionals in the recording busi-ness. If you work with only the best, then the results are bound to be the best. Elīna Garanča

Deutsche Grammophon and I have had a wonderful working relationship for close to two dec-ades. No label could be more open to its artists' wishes, and for me that's meant doing a huge variety of repertoire. When I was keen to make a Wagner disc with Claudio [Abbado] and the Berlin Phil, DG was only too happy to make that possible. And when I wanted to do an album of Lerner and Loewe, they were with me all the way. One couldn't ask for more. I look forward to many more years of this rewarding collabora­tion and wish Deutsche Grammophon all the best on its anniversary. Bryn Terfel

With Deutsche Grammophon I have at my disposal the finest recording engineers and an artistic team that perfectly understands my musical intentions - in short, Deutsche Grammophon and I speak the same language. Herbert von Karajan (1968)

Deutsche Grammophon represents to me - and to the music industry - an ideal platform for "re-cording" in the classical sense of the word as well as a constant source of fresh ideas in new pro-ductions. May these qualities continue to distinguish the label and ensure its illustrious reputation! Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Deutsche Grammophon for me has always been the outstanding label in classical music. So it was a dream come true when, after recording Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" with Claudio Ab-bado and the Berliner Philharmoniker, I was offered an exclusive contract. Ten years have passed since then. During this time I've even had the opportunity to make a jazz album for the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, and that's been a special source of joy and great pride. Thomas Quasthoff

It has been a pleasure to have collaborated with Deutsche Grammophon since 1967. From the start, this experience has been enjoyable: imagine what it's like to begin one's relationship by recording the Prokofiev and Ravel piano con­certos with Martha Argerich and the Berliner Philharmoniker! And now, for more than forty years, we have maintained this outstanding rela-tionship - based on common aesthetic, artistic, and technical aims. During these four decades, Deutsche Grammophon committed itself to make great recordings with Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, and Schubert cycles - as well as Mozart's major operas. It is a wonderful opportunity for an artist to record for DG, not only because of its unparalleled history but for its artistic ex-cellence. I've witnessed its continual support for both musicians and for outstanding orchestras like the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as for new orchestras such as the Mozart Orchestra with which we have recently recorded Mozart's late symphonies and Pergolesi's sacred master-works -- I have deeply enjoyed working with such passionate professionals, devoted to their cause and sharing common ambitions to serve music, musicians, and repertoire. Happy anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon, Claudio Abbado

Since the recording of my first "Parsifal", in 1970, DG has played a central role in the preser-vation, promotion and distribution of my interpretations. With all my best wishes for your con-tinued success. Pierre Boulez

It is so rewarding to collaborate artistically with a company that has such a legacy of mutual respect and understanding with its artists. I have enjoyed every minute of my part in that legacy, and I'm honoured to be connected with the company's illustrious name. May Deutsche Gram-mophon flourish another 111 - or 222 or 333! - years to continue to make history. Hilary Hahn

There are not many of us lucky artists of my generation who were given the extraordi­nary chance to get married to a major recording label so young. Over the years making recordings has become an essential part of my work. I am grateful for any soul who - surely feeling from time to time like Don Quixote - cares and battles for classical ­music and its future. Thank you to every one who makes these unique and special experiences happen. Happy anniversary! Magdalena Kozená

Even before we became Deutsche Grammophon artists in 1987, and in the 22 years since, we have always thought of DG as the pinnacle of achievement in the classical recording industry. We were thrilled when we learned of the company's interest in us; it was an honour to be in-cluded among the legendary musicians on its roster. Having recorded a great deal of the mag-nificent string quartet repertoire, and quintets with such artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Me-nahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher, we feel that our relationship with DG has represented a major part of our career and will form an even greater part of our legacy. Eugene Drucker, for the Emerson String Quartet

I have had a great 15 years working with Deutsche Grammophon, starting from "early" early music and ending up with many of the classics of the oratorio tradition. DG has always been an artistic family; and I was honoured and privileged to be a part of it and to follow such a great legacy of fantastic musicians in history. Paul McCreesh

Deutsche Grammophon represents to me a fine team of people which, despite turbulent market times, is committed to producing core classical music documents of uncompromised quality. Deutsche Grammophon is now a great partner in my musical life. Vadim Repin

I've been a professional musician for over three decades now, and I thought there were few dreams left unrealized, but when I saw the first Deutsche Grammophon release of my own works it felt like some kind of milestone. To have one's own music alongside the old masters on a label committed to the best is an awesome and somewhat scary privilege. Esa-Pekka Salonen

I came to Deutsche Grammophon with totally different projects from anything I'd done before, and the DG team has always given me the freedom to realize them with complete confidence. I'm also honoured that my previous recital discs have all been reissued by this prestigious label and integrated into its catalogue for worldwide release. Deutsche Grammophon continues to re-spond to and support my aspirations. Roberto Alagna

It is so rewarding to collaborate artistically with a company that has such a legacy of mutual respect and understanding with its artists. I have enjoyed every minute of my part in that legacy, and I'm honoured to be connected with the company's illustrious name. It is a surprising fact that the Amadeus Quartet, in its recording history from 1950 until 1987, encompassed, with the exception of course of the pre-electric period, the entire history of recording from the 78s (in-cluding the brief time DG had the 9-minute side) to 33s and finally CDs. I well remember Dr. Steinhausen, who was responsible for the excellent reputation of DG's superb quality of recording and frequently had us to lunch while we were in Hannover for re-cordings. Now that my three colleagues have all died, and I alone am alive to see the latest celebration of DG, I would like to take this opportunity of wishing DG a further 50 years of success. Martin Lovett (cellist, Amadeus Quartet)

I am happy and grateful to be one of the Deutsche Grammophon artists celebrating 111 years of its history. This 3-digit number is a triple confirmation of the company's fidelity to classical mu-sic, to its professionalism, and to its willingness to share the beauty of art with millions of music lovers all around the world. I also firmly believe that Deutsche Grammophon's respect for tradi-tion and never-ending quest for perfection will ensure that these words are still true 111 years from now. Rafał Blechacz

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • collectors_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 55
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B002DZX95I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Malverns on October 20, 2009
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It is inevitable that keen collectors of DGG cds will face some duplication with this set, but I was positively surprised there is indeed a lot of records I have not listened or bought before (albeit they are so easily available). Such positive personal finds are Carmignola Vivaldi, Giulini/Doningo Opera gala, Gardiner/Monteverdi, Otter/Lamenti, Pires/Chopin, Pogorelich/Scarlatti to name a few. Only complete works are selected - not highlights or single moments (except aria recitals). Most cds are by contents the same as published in various series, typically "Originals" during the last years. As an example, in Pinnock's Vivaldi recording, some later bonus concertos are added to original cd which had only " 4 seasons"- the contents here is identical to "Originals" reissue, but cover is from the first cd version. All recordings I have listened seem to be very good, some exceptional like Gardiner's Monteverdi (earliest composer of the set with Praetorius) Vespers which is so rich in dynamic contrasts it can be almost problematic for some listeners! Yet, I liked the energy of Gardiner's interpretation very much and I am very happy to have also this set of Vespers. Well-filled (mostly) 55 cds is a huge amount of music and I have not have enough time to check everything, but just like to give my first impressions. I think masterings used are same as in the earlier editions of each cd before this set.

The red/yellow packet is very compact, cds in cardboards placed like archive cards towards opener - very nicely organized in alphabetical order by performer (Abbabo-Zimerman) - so the set is a sort of tribute to 51 selected artists of the label (Fournier, Gardiner, Pires and K.Richter are double cds) rather than to composers.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Roochak on November 2, 2009
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This is a pretty good anthology covering just under sixty years of activity at Deutsche Grammophon. 111 years? Well, the earliest recording in this collection is Furtwaengler's 1951 Haydn G major symphony, but we get the picture. This well-designed box is a grab bag of classical bestsellers, most of them critically praised, with a generous sampling of the superstar performers du jour (Lang, Hahn, Dudamel, etc.). Unless you're a classical music novice, you'll already have several of the albums in this box. You'll also be getting a lot of music you haven't heard yet, and at a great price.

It's inevitable that a lot would be missing from DG's 55-disc survey, and in this case there's no music at all by Bruckner, Sibelius, Grieg, Prokofiev, Rossini, or Shostakovich, and Wagner is represented only by two arias from "Tannhauser." Chamber music is barely touched upon, and contemporary music, apart from a couple of piano pieces by Corigliano and Part, is ignored. What's included is the complete Monteverdi Vespers (Gardiner), the complete Chopin Nocturnes (Pires), Bach's complete cello suites (Fournier) and the B minor Mass (Karl Richter), and a fascinating package tour of everything from Scarlatti keyboard sonatas and symphonic Rameau arrangements to "West Side Story" and a string quartet version of "The Art of Fugue." Not bad for a basic music library in a box. Not bad at all.

An illustrated 140-page booklet contains a brief history of Deutsche Grammophon in English, German, and French as well as personnel and track listings for each CD, but no liner notes on the music and no song texts. I prefer to see this as a compliment to the listener.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Lara on December 28, 2009
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My analysis of this set differs sharply from that of the uncritical chorus of praise that you'll find all over this page. In my opinion, this is a half-baked collection indeed, a non-cohesive, huge Whitmans' Sampler primarily promoting the label's product rather than honoring the artists in its long history (or composers for that matter - where are the pioneering recordings of Bruckner or indeed any Bruckner at all? Sibelius? Hindemith conducted by Hindemith? - and almost no Wagner whatsoever!). I don't know who selected the material or why exactly 55 CDs, but I do know that this compilation could and should have been much, much better. First of all, I must say that I find the 111 years theme rather contrived - but let it pass. What really bothers me is that the whole thing has the feel of a rush job put together by someone not up to the task, a person or committee from the marketing rather than the artistic section of the company. This could have been a great opportunity to celebrate the many musicians who have made Deutsche Grammophon one of the world's greatest labels for more than a century. Yet I am disappointed to find that so many great and significant artists are missing from the festivities. I have looked closely but I find no trace of Gil Shaham, Pinchas Zukerman, Geza Anda, Nathan Milstein, Neeme Jarvi, Tamas Vasary, Andres Segovia, Salvatore Accardo, Nicanor Zabaleta, Narciso Yepes, Agnes Baltsa, Grace Bumbry, Mirella Freni, Jessye Norman, and many other great and well-known artists who have so substantially contributed to the label. Herbert von Karajan is represented by yet another re-release of his 1962 recording of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony. A great recording indeed but so readily and constantly available as to prove a most unimaginative choice for this collection.Read more ›
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