The Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oscar-shortlisted for Denis Villeneuve’s crime thriller Sicario, has been snapped up by the prestigious classical label.
It’s the first major move by DG’s new prez Clemens Trautmann and it looks like a policy shift.
DG signs classical artists, not living composers. We can’t recall an exclusive composer relationship in the label’s history.
And DG has always focussed on mainstream, seldom on contemporary music. Boulez, when he crossed over from Sony, was signed as a conductor, not as a composer.
Trautmann says: ‘Jóhann’s is a compelling voice, one of the most distinctive and imaginative to emerge in recent years. His work speaks directly to people while remaining enigmatic; it touches deep emotions and draws listeners into new relationships with the world around them.’
Let’s see how it goes.
UPDATE: One reader mentions Max Richter by way of precedent. Composer, or track mixer?