How is this a DG video?

How is this a DG video?

Alastair Macaulay

norman lebrecht

April 28, 2021

Online since last night, this is not classical – not even crossover.

What’s it doing with a yellow cartouche?

Brand confusion.


  • A.L. says:

    The former fabled record company has lost its mission and, with it, its dignity. Nothing new because it has been obvious for a good number of years.

  • Jean says:

    Kinda sad. Former first rate classical label creating third rate pop/electronic… (or something?)

  • Greg Bottini says:

    How the mighty have fallen….

  • Gustavo says:


  • J Barcelo says:

    Sad, perhaps. But maybe it’s for the same reason so many orchestras do pop concerts nowadays: it sells and will pay the bills.

  • Tamino says:

    Is it from Iceland? Wasn’t DG the label that publishes anything, as long as it is from Iceland? (I guess they wish they had Björk)

  • Anthony Sanderson says:

    I found it a depressing listen.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:


  • E says:

    sometimes my eye picks up a headline too fast: in this case, it saw, “is this a DOG video…” Mind you, I like dogs, and do receive dog video notifications…

  • M McAlpine says:

    Not classical, not even crossover and not even any good!

  • Marfisa says:

    I would need (a) to listen to the whole album to put this into context, and (b) know much more than I do about modern electronic music, before coming to a judgment of whether this is good of its kind or not. (But I quite liked it.) What would the untutored ear make of a random bit of Mahler? Whether DG should be roaming beyond strict classical borders or not is another question, and whether genre matters is yet another. But Clark’s ‘Drowned Haiku’ with Víkingur Ólafsson ( is a recent DG offering that might please SD regulars more.

  • Marfisa says:

    Just in case anybody is curious, here is a reasonably informative review of the album Playground in a Lake:

    In terms of genre, the review says the album “walks the line between neo-classical and electronica”.

  • Mystic Chord says:

    ‘Neo classical and electronica’ sums up the album nicely – I found it an intriguing listen and especially enjoyed the rather haunting cello of Oliver Coates for the opening track.

  • Loop says:

    Didn’t DG release a Tori Amos album?

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Goodbye, Dead Grammophon. 🙁

  • Steven Thonk says:

    Tasteless management. Time for them to resign and let someone with style and strategy build a strong roster again based on DG core values that current management is so proud of but not living it for a second! No great signing in many years while there a few great new artists on Alpha, Warner, Sony and harmonia mundi.