Label news: BMG is back in business

Label news: BMG is back in business


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2019

The Bertelsmann-owned label has dipped a toe back in the water with a contemporary series on CD.

The press release arrives a bit late as we’ve already reviewed the first of the releases.

BERLIN – NOVEMBER 14, 2019 – BMG today announced the launch of Modern Recordings, a label for new classical, jazz and electronic music, mostly instrumental but also extending to singer-songwriters.

The label – the first new imprint to be launched by BMG since its launch in 2008 – will be led by renowned Berlin-based music executive Christian Kellersmann, who will serve as Senior Vice President New Classics & Jazz.

Modern Recordings will capitalize on the growing international appetite, also driven by streaming, for new leftfield music arising out of the classical and jazz worlds.

The firsts artists signed to Modern Recordings include Scottish composer Craig Armstrong, producer Robot Koch, composer Meredi, and producer, composer and conceptual artist Hendrik Weber aka Pantha du Prince.

Its first release is German countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halparin’s Twilight People, out this Friday, November 15, 2019, which is already attracting rave reviews with renowned classical critic Norman Lebrecht describing it as “pure pleasure”.

Said Christian Kellersmann, “The first releases show the breadth of ambition of Modern Recordings. We will give international musicians a home to realize extraordinary projects. Across borders. Across genres. Across boundaries. We see a great opportunity to offer such artists all the benefits of BMG’s global approach to records.”


  • John Borstlap says:

    This seems to be about entertainment and easy-listening music:

    It’s OK for people who like such things, but it is not meant to be taken seriously.

  • BMG Survivor says:

    Growing international appetite? Oh, give us a break! Even if there was such a thing, BMG would be the last to recognize it, and as Bertelsmann has always failed so spectacularly in their attempts to market serious music, this effort will soon end up in the BMG Graveyard as well. BMG’s musical incompetence is trickled down from the top, and is unparalleled in the industry.