The magnificent DG120 Gala Concert at the Beijing Forbidden City is just a start. The DG120 VIDEO COUNT-UP series brings you to a 120-day-long journey to witness the amazing 120 years of Deutsche Grammophon with 120 DG artists´ videos.


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Daniel HOPE

Few performers can match the intensity and humanity of Daniel Hope’s music-making or his passion for artistic exploration. The British violinist’s musicianship connects with connoisseurs and newcomers to classical music alike, winning hearts and stimulating minds with its lyricism and insight. His understanding of musical line and expression took root under the early care of his mentor, Yehudi Menuhin; it has matured fully since, enabling him to deliver strikingly personal interpretations of everything from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi to Takemitsu, Tavener and Turnage. The Frankfurter Neue Presse has described Hope as “a musician with a sense and feeling for something extraordinary”, echoing a theme that runs through so many reviews of his work. That “feeling” fuels his desire to break down barriers that separate individuals, communities and nations, and drives his work as a self-styled musical activist.

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Medley Seguidillas/Habanera/Chanson Bohème

Praised as “superbly subtle and virtuosic” (The Arts Desk) and “an amazingly accomplished artist” (Classical Source), Ksenija Sidorova is the leading ambassador for the accordion. Encouraged to take up the instrument by a grandmother steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija started to play the instrument aged eight under the guidance of Marija Gasele in her hometown of Riga. Her quest for more exposure to both classical and contemporary repertoire took her to London where she became a prize-winning undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Owen Murray.  This Performance of Bizet's Carmen will renew your perception about accordion again.

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40 - 1. Allegro vivace (Alla breve)

Whenever Daniil Trifonov performs, time appears to stand still. Out of profound silence emerges a rare kind of music-making, transcendent and revelatory, never predictable yet always alive to the composer’s intentions and rooted in the music’s nature. “What he does with his hands is technically incredible,” observed one commentator shortly after the young Russian pianist’s winning performance in the final of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011. “It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” This was the opinion not of a professional critic but of one of the world’s greatest pianists, Martha Argerich. She concluded that Trifonov was gifted with “everything and more”, a view endorsed since by a flood of rave reviews, audience ovations and international prizes. This is a music video for one of his recordings from his new album Departure, a collaboration with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Franco Fagioli: Ombra mai fu

It takes a special artist to excel in the fiendishly difficult arias that are central to the landscape of Baroque and early bel canto opera. Franco Fagioli possesses the necessary combination of technical agility, tonal variety and vocal range required to triumph in works that leave many other countertenors perplexed. As well as gaining a reputation as one of today’s finest Handelians, he also specialises in Mozart and in roles originally written for castrato singers. His astonishing artistry has been hailed by critics worldwide and regularly attracts capacity audiences eager to hear a performer blessed with an uncanny ability to deliver the spectacular runs, leaps and turns of even the most difficult virtuoso showpieces.

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Halvorsen: Passacaglia on a Theme by Handel [ Live From Yellow Lounge Berlin / 2018 ]

Described by The Times (London) as “the complete musician”, Lisa Batiashvili commands her place among the world’s foremost artists with performances of great insight and expressive eloquence. The German-based Georgian violinist has been acclaimed by critics for her virtuosity, sensitivity and charismatic power. She was named Musical America’s “2015 Instrumentalist of the Year”, an accolade reserved for artists of the highest calibre, and also stands among the winners of Italy’s prestigious International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize. Here she plays at a DG Yellow Lounge concert in Berlin.

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Alice Sara OTT
Grieg: To Spring (Lyric Pieces Book III) - Wonderland

Armed with formidable technical mastery and profound musical sensitivity, Alice Sara Ott stands among the most compelling artists of her generation. The German-Japanese musician’s poetic pianism, hailed by critics for its refinement and intensity, has prompted favourable comparisons with great performers from the past. Ott’s music-making is guided by a desire to connect with the essential spirit of the works in her repertoire; above all, it flows from her innate ability to channel a vast range of emotions and imaginative responses into every performance.

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Bernstein: West Side Story - Mambo

The première of Leonard Bernstein´s West Side Story took place in New York in 1957. At the piano was the famous Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for the musical.

Decades later, Gustavo Dudamel, at the podium, goes over the music with his beloved Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela.

Leonard Bernstein (composer)

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

“West Side Story” – Symphonic Dances, 4. Mambo

Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

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Joep Beving: Ab Ovo
At nearly six foot ten, with his wild hair and flowing beard, the Dutch pianist resembles a friendly giant from a book of children’s fairy tales. But his playing – understated, haunting, melancholic – marks him out as the gentlest of giants, his delicate melodies soothing the soul in these troubled times.

“The world is a hectic place right now,” says Joep. “I feel a deep urge to reconnect on a basic human level with people in general. Music as our universal language has the power to unite. Regardless of our cultural differences I believe we have an innate understanding of what it means to be human. We have our goosebumps to show for it.” In his Ab Ovo, let the connection be rebuilt.

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 - "Appassionata"

Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin is one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation, revered the world over by audiences and critics alike for the virtuosity and eloquence of his pianism and the imagination and insight of his interpretations. He was recently described by the Financial Times (London) as a “formidably intelligent pianist” and hailed by the New York Times for his “blend of technical mastery and eloquent artistry”.

At the age of six, he enrolled at Moscow’s Gnessin School, an elite establishment for young musicians, where he received lessons from Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who became his only teacher. Kissin’s progress was such that he gave his first full performance with orchestra at the age of ten, making his debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor K466; he presented his first recital in Moscow the following year.

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Mozart: Concerto pour clarinette en la majeur, K. 622 - Arrangement pour accordéon

In the past, there never seemed to have been one great artist associated with the accordion, an instrument that, because of its connotations, seemed as far removed from swing as it is possible to be. Then along came Richard Galliano, fired by an unrivalled determination to share his conviction that the accordion was worthy have a place at the heart of jazz alongside the saxophone and trumpet. This interpretation of Mozart takes the art of accordion one step further. Accordion, in his hands, finally finds its place in vast world of traditional classical music.

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Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor

Just 23, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. This perform of Chopin´s Nocturne in C sharp minor reveals to you the future of classical music on the shoulders of the new generation of artists.

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Max Richter - Dream 13

Born in West Germany in 1966, but raised in England, Britain’s Max Richter has spent much of his life refining his approach to musical communication. Recognised nowadays as one of the most influential composers of his generation, his endeavours have spanned three decades, encompassing diverse fields, from his own successful solo recordings to extensive work for stage and screen. Despite his music’s all-embracing nature, he was classically trained: educated in Bedford, England, where he’d lived since he was a child, he studied composition and piano at Edinburgh University, then London’s Royal Academy of Music, before joining Luciano Berio, the innovative Italian composer, in Florence. Back in London, he co-founded Piano Circus, a six-piano ensemble, in 1989, and he spent much of the next ten years championing the minimalist works of, among others, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Michael Nyman.

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Demenga: New York Honk [ Live From Yellow Lounge Berlin / 2018 ]

New worlds of imagination appear whenever Kian Soltani makes music. A sense of individuality, depth of expression and charismatic presence are among the elements of the young Austrian cellist’s captivating artistry. Rave reviews and invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls have propelled the 25-year-old musician from rising star to one of the most exciting musicians of his generation. Soltani’s status was confirmed in February 2017 when he won Germany’s prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award, and underlined five months later when he signed an exclusive contract to record for Deutsche Grammophon. His debut DG album, Home, comprising works for cello and piano by Schubert, Schumann and Reza Vali, is set for international release in January 2018.

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Tchaikovsky: Concerto For Violin And Orchestra In D Major, Op. 35, TH 59, 3. Finale.

With his extravagantly flowing locks, gothic fashion style and show-stopping virtuosity, violinist Nemanja Radulović is a throwback to the Romantic composers of a bygone era. He’s also a one-off in the world of classical music. While some use gimmicks to sell themselves, Nemanja prefers to let the music speak for itself – and his violin do his talking for him. “I try to find the sound of the human voice,” he explains. “For me the violin is the best way I have found to express myself.”

Not yet 30 years old, Nemanja is a former child prodigy who has overcome all sorts of obstacles to bestride some of the world’s greatest concert stages.

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Albrecht MAYER
Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto In C Major, RV 450 [1. Allegro molto]

He began his professional career in 1990 as principal oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Since 1992 he has occupied the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker, despite his growing renown as a concert soloist. Among the most sought-after oboists of our time, he has appeared as soloist with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and is an enthusiastic chamber player, his partners including Hélène Grimaud, Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt.

Awarded Bamberg’s ETA-Hoffmann Prize in December 2006, Mayer has also been honoured with the ECHO-Klassik prize three times, twice as Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the Gramophone “Hall of Fame” and awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize.

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Debussy’s La cathédrale engloutie - Water

Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence and began her piano studies at the local conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won first prize in piano performance a mere three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris: this marked the launch of Grimaud’s musical career, characterised ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors.

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La fleur que tu m'avais jetée

The Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, known worldwide for the singular beauty of his tone, comes from a rich musical tradition. When he studied at the Katowice Academy of Music, his teachers included such legendary singers as Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac. He began to build an international career when he became a company member at the Zurich Opera and consolidated his international presence in 2004 with his debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the San Francisco Opera. He swiftly became one of the most sought-after lyrical tenors in the opera houses of the world.

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J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto In F Major, BWV 971, 1. (Allegro)

Profound thought and feeling merge in Rafał Blechacz’s music-making to create interpretations of irresistible energy and penetrating insight. The Polish pianist’s artistry is recognised by reviewers as rare by any measure – his many plaudits include being dubbed “a musician in service to the music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities” (Washington Post) – and arises from his total command of the keyboard and ability to unlock his instrument’s full expressive range. Those qualities, driven by innate curiosity and openness, have supported Blechacz’s artistic and professional development in the years since he took first prize at the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition. He stands today among the world’s finest pianists, a young artist in high demand for the honesty and vision he brings to performances of everything from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin and Szymanowski.

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Kremerata Baltica - Movement IV

Gidon Kremer was born in Riga (Latvia) in 1947, the only child of parents of German origin. After receiving his first musical instruction at home - both father and grandfather were professional violinists - he studied at the Riga School of Music and then at the Moscow Conservatory under David Oistrakh. Kremer enjoyed notable success at competitions in Brussels (1967), Montreal and Genoa (1969), and Moscow (1970). After extended tours through the former Soviet Union, he began appearing with increasing frequency in the West: his first concert in Germany came in 1975, followed by debuts at the Salzburg Festival (1976) and in New York (1977). Gidon Kremer was also one of the artistic directors of the music festival "Art Projekt '92" in Munich.

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La Wally / Act 1, “Ebben? Ne andro lontana” - Catalani

It is rare for an artist to break through the boundaries of classical music stardom and achieve recognition in the wider world, but Anna Netrebko has achieved that and more. In a recording career spanning less than fifteen years so far, she has not only seduced the classical scene with the beauty of her voice, her superb vocal control and supreme musicality, she has also become an interna­tional icon. More than an operatic diva, Anna Netrebko is an enormously charismatic individual whose style and stage presence are as celebrated as her musicianship.

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Anyone eager to learn about the fine art of musical interpretation should seek instruction from Murray Perahia. The American pianist’s readings of great repertoire landmarks by everyone from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin and Liszt offer timeless lessons in sensibility, sophistication and expressive intensity. While his approach invariably draws attention to the music not the musician, he stands in the tradition of the great keyboard virtuosi as an artist armed with consummate technical skills, boundless imagination and near-mystical eloquence. Perahia’s pianism, recognised as exceptional since his student days, has matured over more than four decades to deliver unique insights into music’s spiritual qualities, its power to communicate where words end.

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Patricia PETIBON
Nouveau Monde - Baroque Arias And Songs

Am Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique bei Rachel Yakar ausgebildet und von William Christie entdeckt, hat sich Patricia Petibon mit einem Repertoire, das sich vom französischen Barock bis zur zeitgenössischen Musik erstreckt, als eine der vielseitigsten Sängerinnen ihres Fachs einen Namen gemacht. Seit ihren Anfängen 1996 an der Opéra de Paris in Rameaus HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE vollzog sie Streifzüge durch die Musikgeschichte, angefangen bei Mozart bis Offenbach über Donizetti und Verdi bis hin zu Poulenc und Berg, auf den großen Bühnen der Welt.

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Anoushka SHANKAR
Anoushka Shankar - Land Of Gold ft. Alev Lenz

Land of Gold, Anoushka Shankar’s fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon, is her heartfelt response to the trauma and injustice being experienced by refugees and victims of war. Offering an uplifting message of hope for dark times, its music was inspired by recent news images of people fleeing civil war, oppression, poverty and unbearable hardship. The album contemplates the common thread of humanity and its power to reconnect people divided by hatred and fear. “The seeds of Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees,” Anoushka recalls. “It coincided with the time when I had recently given birth to my second child. I was deeply troubled by the intense contrast between my ability to provide for my baby, and others who desperately wanted to provide the same security for their children but were unable to do so.”

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Seong-Jin CHO
Seong-Jin Cho - Ballade No.1 In G Minor, Op.23 (Live From The Yellow Lounge)

“… this latest Chopin Competition winner can stand proud next to the likes of such illustrious past winners as Pollini, Argerich and Zimerman”, Pianist, February 2016

Intense reflection and expressive insight are among the attributes cultivated by Seong-Jin Cho, qualities apt to connect with audiences at the deepest levels of imagination and emotion. The young South Korean pianist’s mature musicianship and refined artistry secured him First Prize at the 17th Chopin International Piano Competition in October 2015, since when he has won a significant international following, underlined by the pop-chart-topping status of his Deutsche Grammophon debut album, invitations to appear at the world’s foremost concert halls and a succession of superlative reviews.

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Happy 120th Birthday, Deutsche Grammophon!

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