In from the cold: ECM Records starts streaming

The most independent, individualist and esoteric of classical labels has done a deal with DG.

See release below:


Munich/Berlin, November 17, 2017 – Esteemed independent label ECM Records today announced they are expanding their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment to bring the entire ECM catalogue to major streaming platforms on Friday November 17, 2017.

Renowned for contemporary, jazz and classical music, ECM’s catalogue is critically-acclaimed as the finest of its kind. Curated by its visionary founder Manfred Eicher, ECM has maintained a consistently high standard of artistry and production. The music and its accompanying artwork have been the subjects of books, films and exhibitions around the world.  Music from the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Paul Bley, Arvo Pärt, András Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, Anouar Brahem, Jack DeJohnette, Tomasz Stanko, Avishai Cohen, Nik Bärtsch, Vijay Iyer, Gidon Kremer, Meredith Monk a.o. will now be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal.

Deutsche Grammophon, UMG’s prestigious Yellow Label will be responsible for international digital distribution of the extensive ECM catalogue, the launch will be accompanied by a wide-ranging campaign in conjunction with the highly-engaged participating streaming partners.


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  • This is odd: “Deutsche Grammophon … will be responsible for … distribution of … ECM.”

    DG is a label, like ECM, not a distributor. The distributor is UMG. Why mention DG at all?

      • All this download and streaming lark is a real turn off. The same when BBC FM got squeezed tighter. I want a CD with the word book or better still black vinyl, shellac 78s fantastic. Cars now have no CD player, which is why I will let my car go on until the engine falls out. My other car a classic 1952 XK120 drophead Coupe has no in car stereo with its Lucas “Prince of Darkness” electrics.

  • Well, how the worm turns. Manfred said previously he would never allow downloading or streaming. Welcome to the real world kid.
    all these labels will die a death now. The recording industry is finished

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