Deutsche Grammophon signs a composermain
The Yellow Label has inked (sic) arms with one of the most successful musical deconstructionists, Max Richter. He has somehow managed to find a new audience for Vivaldi without frightening off the old.
Press release follows.
Contemporary British composer Max Richter today announced a new partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest classical music label.
Composer, musician, producer, remixer and collaborator extraordinaire, Richter defies definition. An enigma he may be; what is beyond argument is that he is one of the most prolific musical artists of his generation.
The exclusive new deal encompasses new works and collaborations, as well as the release in April on Deutsche Grammophon of his best-selling solo albums Infra, 24 Postcards in Full Colour, Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks. In addition, a new recording of Richter’s much-praised orchestral work Memoryhouse will appear in September.
To celebrate the new partnership, Deutsche Grammophon will issue a new edition of Richter’s highly acclaimed Vivaldi Recomposed, his unique reworking of The Four Seasons for violin, chamber orchestra and moog synthesizer – already one of the most talked-about new classical works of recent times. This best-selling album will now also include remixes, newly-composed electronic soundscapes, and an exclusive performance film, featuring Max Richter and violinist Daniel Hope, and shot in East Berlin in late 2013. A brand-new app will go on sale at the same time, allowing users to experience Recomposed and an original version of Vivaldi’s classical hit side by side, with commentary, background essays and unique user functionalities.
Pictured signing his new contract at this week’s Universal Music Global Classical Music Conference, with (left to right) Jane Carter, Mark Wilkinson, Costa Pilavachi, Christian Badzura, Max Hole and Ute Fesquet, Richter commented: “I am thrilled to be part of the Yellow Label family, and look forward to helping shape the presentation of and passion for contemporary music over the coming years.”