The Eleventh Decade (2000–2009)

At the beginning of the new millennium, the Universal Music Group is purchased by the Vivendi Group, adding the largest record company to its portfolio as its new-media vision expands. Michael Lang becomes General Manager of Deutsche Grammophon in July 2001 and later is promoted to President. The keyword of his vision for the company is “revitalization” – Deutsche Grammophon focuses on strengthening its artist roster through new exclusive recording agreements. These signings include singers (Anna Netrebko, 2002; Rolando Villazón, 2005; Measha Brueggergosman, Elīna Garanča, and René Pape, 2006; Patricia Petibon, 2008; Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, 2009); pianists (Hélène Grimaud, 2002; Lang Lang, 2003; Rafał Blechacz, 2006; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, 2007; Yuja Wang and Alice Sara Ott, 2008); violinists (Hilary Hahn, 2002; Giuliano Carmignola, 2003; Vadim Repin, 2006; Daniel Hope, 2007); and, in a decade that witnessed the passing of the legendary conductors Giulini, Kleiber, and Sinopoli, a new generation of conductors joins the label (Esa-Pekka Salonen and Andrea Marcon, 2003; Gustavo Dudamel, 2005; Daniel Harding, 2006). The contemporary scene is represented by ac­claimed composer Osvaldo Golijov, who releases the song-cycle Ayre in 2005 to inaugu­rate the first of a series of premiere recordings on DG. A new imprint, edge, is launched in 2003 for music that embraces the world and becomes the home for successful soundtracks (Frida, Motorcycle Diaries), iconic artists (Mercedes Sosa), and captivating projects such as the Café de los Maestros tango album. And in 2006 a new digital-only imprint, DG Concerts, brings top-flight, live orchestral recordings directly to iTunes listeners, inviting them into the great concert halls of the world via the internet. Next Deutsche Grammophon becomes the first major classical label to sell its recordings directly to music lovers over the internet. With the launch of its DG Web Shop in 2007, the complete catalogue is now available in more than 180 countries; in addition, over 1,000 out-of-print recordings are available again as downloads. Beginning in 2008 the online offering expands to include the mail-order sale of CDs and DVDs to European customers. In recognition of these remarkable achievements, Deutsche Grammophon is named “Label of the Year 2007” by Gramophone magazine – who writes: “Deutsche Grammophon stands for all that is best about classical music.”

Artists Joining

  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard
  • Roberto Alagna
  • Ildebrando D’Arcangelo
  • Rafał Blechacz
  • Measha Brueggergosman
  • Diego el Cigala
  • Elvis Costello
  • Gustavo Dudamel
  • Orchestra of Venezuela
  • Catrin Finch
  • Elīna Garanča
  • Osvaldo Golijov
  • Ilya Gringolts
  • Hilary Hahn
  • Daniel Harding
  • Ben Heppner
  • Daniel Hope
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Lang Lang
  • Yundi Li
  • Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Anna Netrebko
  • Orchestra Mozart
  • Alice Sara Ott