The Tenth Decade (1990–1999)

In 1989 and 1990 respectively, the music world loses two great conductors long associated with Deutsche Grammophon, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein. At the same time two other acclaimed conductors begin new phases of activity at DG: Pierre Boulez and André Previn, featuring works of the 20th century (including their own). On the Archiv label John Eliot Gardiner conducts period-instrument recordings of Baroque (Bach oratorios, Monteverdi operas), Classical (Mozart operas and Beethoven symphonies), as well as Romantic works.

New recording agreements are made with conductors Myung-Whun Chung, 1990; Oliver Knussen and Christian Thielemann, 1995. Archiv Produktion’s roster is further internationalized through the signing of Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players; Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens du Louvre; and the Renaissance wind band Piffaro. In 1998 PolyGram is acquired by Seagram – and is merged with its subsidiary Universal, forming the world’s largest record company, Universal Music Group. Deutsche Grammophon also reaches its centenary in 1998, as the world’s largest and most successful classical record company of its day.

Artists Joining

  • Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia
  • Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Juliane Banse
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Gianluca Cascioli
  • Sergiu Celibidache
  • Myung-Whun Chung
  • Augustin Dumay
  • Patrick Gallois
  • David Garrett
  • Evgeny Kissin
  • Oliver Knussen
  • Roby Lakatos
  • Jean-Marc Luisada
  • The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
  • Christiane Oelze
  • Orchestre de l’Opéra Bastille
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Maria João Pires
  • Michel Plasson