Oehms Classics, a small and rather exquisite German label, is now under the control of Naxos.
Its founder, former DG and BMG high-flier Dieter Oehms, has retired at 76. The new head of Oehms Classics is Matthias Lutzweiler, managing director of Naxos Deutschland, in a quiet takeover not yet announced on either company’s website. The label will remain based for the time being in Munich.
Oehms landmarks include cycles of Beethoven symphonies by Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Mahler by Markus Stenz and no fewer than three Bruckner sets in 15 years by Skrowaceski, Simone Young and Ivor Bolton.
End of an era.