Munich declares label war on Berlin

Munich declares label war on Berlin


norman lebrecht

April 29, 2021

The Bavarian State Opera today launched its own audio and video recording label.

The first two releases feature Kirill Petrenko, Munich’s outgoing conductor and Berlin’s incoming chief.

Part of Petrenko’s value to Berlin is that he never made commercial recordings and would restrict himself to the Berlin Phil’s own label.

Well, that deal is blown. Munich’s launch releases are Petrenko conducting Korngold and Mahler.

Let’s see how Berlin bites back.



  • Mathias Broucek says:

    He made a rather good Suk series for CPO. Hoping the BPO will release him doing Asrael with them…

  • Tamino says:

    No War. Just what everybody does: building your own publishing platform.
    Petrenko leaves this summer. Jurowski is incoming GMD in the coming season. No war. All peace and business as usual.

  • Brian Cooper says:

    It is simply not true that “he never made commercial recordings”. The three-CD Suk cycle with the Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin appeared on cpo, which is a highly respected label and, as far as I’m aware, not a charity.

    There’s also a Pfitzner Palestrina on Oehms available.

  • MacroV says:

    I’m sure they’ll survive. That was a great partnership he had in Munich and we can only be glad some of it is preserved in recordings. Still lots he can record in Berlin or have preserved in the DCH; who buys recordings these days, anyway?

    • henry williams says:

      you will be surprised. people still buy recordings. they become expensive when they are deleted.

  • Novagerio says:

    A clear non-news as ususal. Everybody did it, once the record industry thrived.

  • Isn’t a “label” something you launch when no other label will have you?

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    How is this news? Zubin Mehta recorded Mahler 3 and 5 with the very same orchestra about a decade ago. It wasn’t an in-house record label, but Farao instead.–mahler-symphonies-nos-3-5

    • microview says:

      A rather specialised high-res Blu-ray transfer from two live performances’

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        You can still find them, separately, as ‘redbook’ CD’s. I chose to show this reissue since it has both symphonies on there.