RELEASES

THE NEW COMPLETE EDITION

175 hours of music on 118 CDs, 2 DVDs and 3 Blu-ray Audios

DG presents the most modern and complete set of Beethoven’s work ever issued:

  • Assembled in cooperation with Decca and 10 other labels, it includes many alternative performances including three complete symphony cycles.

  • The Edition includes over 250 legendary performers from Gilels to Gardiner, Amadeus Quartet to Arrau, Furtwangler to Fischer-Dieskau, Kempff to Karajan, Böhm to Brendel, Menuhin to Mutter and Perahia to Pollini

  • Leading Beethoven scholars have contributed to the editorial

  • Over 150 minutes of new recordings, including several world premieres recorded especially for this edition by Lang Lang and Daniel Hope

  • The Edition has been compiled in partnership with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the only Complete Edition with support of the official Beethoven 2020 foundation. It was unveiled to journalists at a press conference on September 3 at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn together with Daniel Hope and Andris Nelsons.

  • 118 CDs divided into 9 genres

  • DVDs: Fidelio (Bernstein) and Symphonies nos. 4 & 7 (Kleiber)

  • 3 BD Audio: Symphonies (Karajan) / Piano Sonatas (Kempff) / Quartets (Amadeus Quartet)

  • Colour-coded for easy navigation

  • Lavishly illustrated hardback book with new essay by Christine Siegert, introductory note by Barry Cooper and a biography in pictures, alphabetical work index & artist index

  • 9 softcover books with tracklistings, notes and sung texts (EN/DE), illustrations, and full recording information

  • Limited & numbered edition 

Released: November 1, 2019. ORDER HERE

 

 

 

NEW RECORDINGS

Following the complete cycles of symphonies and piano concertos from Andris Nelsons and Jan Lisiecki respectively we now present further new recordings with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniel Barenboim, Maurizio Pollini, Matthias Goerne and Jan Lisiecki, and Rudolf Buchbinder. More to come as we progress through the year.

NEW COMPLETE EDITION – STREAMING ALBUMS

Our entire New Complete Edition is available on streaming services. But in order to make it navigable we split it into the following 16 groupings.

NEW CATALOGUE RELEASES

On Christmas day 1989 Leonard Bernstein gave two concerts of Beethoven’s 9th either side of the Berlin Wall. This recording has earnt itself a special place in history. Wilhelm Kempff’s cycle of the complete piano sonatas from the 1960’s and Friedrich Gulda and Pierre Fournier’s complete cello and piano sonatas are further examples of legendary recordings that we now re-release remastered in High Definition Pure Audio. These lead our rolling schedule of re-releases from our Beethoven catalogue through 2020.

KEMPFF - COMPLETE SONATAS

The Complete Piano Sonatas - performed by Wilhelm Kempff

Reviewing the reissue of this authoritative Beethoven Sonatas cycle in 1997 – when it was newly remastered, with “noticeably improved sound” – Gramophone critic Edward Greenfield wrote: “Once again the magic of Kempff leaves me in wonder, his magnetism, his unfailing sense of spontaneity, his ability to clarify textures with astonishingly clean articulation and sharp dynamic contrasts, and not least his lyrical flow, with extreme speeds generally avoided.”   

These albums are released as digital streaming albums. 

25 CULT ALBUMS

In the course of the Beethoven year, 25 top journalists from all over the world will present their "cult album" from the Deutsche Grammophon archives.

Watch the latest video #15 - by Thomas Michelsen (Politiken, Denmark) on Piano Sonatas Nos 8, 14, 21 & 23 by Wilhelm Kempff

See the album below and watch the video in the video section.

Hermann Scherchen - Complete Symphony Cycle & Overtures

This is not Scherchen’s Beethoven, it’s Beethoven’s Beethoven.

Originally recorded between 1951-1954 for the Westminster label, this mono cycle is a prize tip to celebrate the Beethoven year. Yet, nothing in this set sounds like 1950s – neither Hermann Scherchen’s captivating, almost contemporary approach to Beethoven, nor the sound quality (in most of the cases) suggest a purely historic reissue. As Scherchen’s producer at Westminster, Kurt List pointed out,  “With Scherchen the result is never boring, nor does it leave you indifferent.” Scherchen’s interpretation is still breathtaking, demonstrating his personal principle: "Music does not have to be understood. It has to be listened to." 

Available as Digital Albums and as 8CD Set

A Very Quick Guide to Beethoven

In just under 75 minutes, we traverse the riches he bequeathed us. 

Discover all you need to know from Beethoven on 6 digital albums, featuring different genres and allowing you to listen to the essence of Beethoven in excerpts which lead you right to the core of famous Beethoven works.

Ready?  Go!

Daniel Barenboim - The Visual Concerto Collection

Daniel Barenboim conducts from the piano his orchestra of almost two decades, the Staatskapelle Berlin, in all five Beethoven Piano Concertos. As part of the digitalization of the Deutsche Grammophon archives and In partnership with Euroarts, we are delighted to present these performances as Visual Albums. Daniel Barenboim is one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today and Beethoven’s masterpieces have been a key part of his repertoire throughout his career, both as conductor and as pianist.

William Steinberg - The Symphonies

Steinberg’s sober, self-effacing approach to Beethoven was warmly received by critics who praised the conductor for allowing the works to speak entirely for themselves. High Fidelity, the leading US classical-record magazine of the time, wrote “… Steinberg does not romanticize the music, but he knows how to turn a good phrase and draw out a singing line.” We release the symphonies altogether for the first time on CD in a 5CD package and digitally as single symphony albums.

Claudio Abbado - The Visual Symphony Collection

Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker received enthusiastic acclaim for their Beethoven cycle, performed at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome in February 2001. There were standing ovations after each performance and the critics spoke of seminal moments in the history of music. The Claudio Abbado symphony cycle is available on-demand as individual Visual Streaming Albums.