The Seventh Decade (1960–1969)

In 1960, DG signs an exclusive agreement with Martha Argerich, one of a number of leading pianists who join the label over the next decades. In 1962 Karajan’s first stereo recording of the nine Beethoven Symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker is released as DG’s first subscription package. In this decade’s early years, the label records Verdi operas at La Scala – Claudio Abbado, who makes his DG debut in 1967, resumes the series in the mid-’70s. His numerous recordings over the coming decades include the complete symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Schubert, as well as more than a dozen complete operas. Significant large-scale projects in this period include Fischer-Dieskau with Schubert’s complete lieder, followed over the next ten years by his comprehensive collections of lieder by Brahms, Liszt, Schumann, and Wolf. In 1969, anticipating the Beethoven bicentenary in 1970, DG releases its first Beethoven Edition on 76 LPs. Other generously documented complete composer anniversary editions undertaken include: Beethoven again in 1977 and 1997; Bach in 1975 and 1985; Brahms in 1983 and 1997; and Berg in 1985. The electronics companies Siemens (Munich) and Philips (Eindhoven) combine their interests in the recording business in 1962, establishing a new entity DGG/PPI (Philips Phonographic Industry); however DG retains control of its own recording activities and catalogue.

Artists Joining

  • Claudio Abbado
  • Maurice André
  • Martha Argerich
  • Martina Arroyo
  • Janet Baker
  • Ettore Bastianini
  • Siegfried Behrend
  • Carlo Bergonzi
  • Walter Berry
  • Inge Borkh
  • Thomas Brandis
  • Grace Bumbry
  • Lisa della Casa
  • Boris Christoff
  • Fiorenza Cossotto
  • Régine Crespin
  • José van Dam
  • Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
  • Drolc-Quartett
  • Christoph Eschenbach
  • Brigitte Fassbaender
  • Christian Ferras
  • Rudolf Firkušný
  • Pierre Fournier
  • Agnes Giebel
  • Tito Gobbi
  • Friedrich Gulda
  • Heinz Holliger
  • Mieczys?aw Horszowski
  • Hungarian String Quartet
  • Gundula Janowitz
  • Sena Jurinac
  • Joseph Keilberth
  • Waldemar Kmentt
  • Klavierduo Kontarsky
  • Sándor Konya
  • Rafael Kubelik
  • Paul Kuentz
  • LaSalle Quartet
  • Evelyn Lear
  • Karl Leister
  • Pilar Lorengar
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Frank Martin
  • Jean Martinon
  • Edith Mathis
  • Martha Mödl
  • Gerald Moore
  • Edda Moser
  • Charles Munch
  • Birgit Nilsson
  • Rolando Panerai
  • Roberta Peters