A real windfall for contemporary music listeners.
DG has always been friendly to modern classical music. It was up to the minute during the audience-testing times of the post-WWII avant-garde and remains so now, with regular releases of some of today’s far more accessible new music, such as Max Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Hilary Hahn’s addictive recent programme of encores she commissioned for her concert performances.
Pierre Boulez has been associated with the DG label since the early 1990s. One of a small number of artists whose genius extends to both composing and conducting, he took up the baton during the 1950s to ensure competent performances of his very complex music and that of colleagues whose work made similarly fierce demands on musicians. Eventually he signed on with CBS (later Sony) and later with French label Erato, both of which allowed him to record much of his own music.
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