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Deutsche Grammophon 120. Live from Beijing - Music box, January 21st 2019
This week and next week, I invite you to discover two records celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Deutsche Grammophon record label, one of the most prestigious brands in the world when it comes to classical music.
120 years after its foundation on December 6, 1898, the label decided to celebrate in a way that will greatly affect potential audiences for classical music around the world. The Deutsche Grammophon name has become synonymous with excellence, so it comes as no surprise that they settled for nothing less: first they targeted Asia, then the traditional audience in Europe and America. They did this through a series of impactful musical events of great amplitude; the first one was in Beijing on the 10th of October 2018, a concert now available on a record released on the 18th of January, scheduled to play on Monday, the 21st of January, a few days after its release, on Radio România Muzical.
The first classical music concert performed in the Forbidden City in Beijing, after more than 20 years; 1,200 honorable guests; a Chinese orchestra, a choir from Vienna, a Chinese conductor, actually the first Chinese conductor to conduct a concert in the Forbidden City. The soloist: Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, who now lives in the U.S. 200,000 people watched the concert online; 6.3 million people watched it on TV; 130 million people around the world looked up information on this event. The Deutsche Grammophon concert in Beijing was truly grand event, and I think it is perfect for anyone who believes there is a future for classical music. We, who listen to Radio România Muzical, strongly believe in it.
The concert featured the Shanghai Symphonic Orchestra, Wiener Singakademie, the Children's Choir of the Spring Festival in Shanghai, the conductor Long Yu, along with various important soloists - soprano Aida Garifullina, baritone Ludovic Tezier and tenor Toby Spence in one of the most renowned and spectacular pieces of the 20th century: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. A difficult piece, in a truly celebratory performance.
The Live in Beijing record will broadcast on Radio România Muzical, Monday, January 21st, at 7.00 p.m.
Translated by Alina-Nicoleta Duminică,
MTTLC 1, Universitatea din București