Deutsche Grammophon Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
It’s somewhat fitting that the oldest recording company in the world should specialise in classical music. Deutsche Grammophon’s history goes way back to 1898 - it came into being when the U.S. citizen Emile Berliner decided that his Berliner Gramophone company needed a presence in Germany, the country of his birth.
Throughout the following centuries the label established itself as a global force in the music business. Indeed, so closely associated is Deutsche Grammophon with classical music in the minds of the general public that even those with barely a passing interest in the genre know that their yellow banner signifies all things orchestral, chamber and choral.
While they’re always good for a recording from a big-gun composer or famous conductor, Deutsche Grammophon also have an enduring commitment to new artists and the art-music avant-garde. Seminal musique concrete pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen had a long relationship with the label, for instance, and recent years have seen DG issue work by everyone from Icelandic innovator Jóhann Jóhannsson (RIP) to synth miscreant Clark. Jonny Greenwood and Philip Glass are just a couple of the other modern innovators who’ve nested with this grand old imprint.