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Cleveland Orchestra partners with DG March 6 2007   
In what seems to be a continuing bid to become the label of choice for the onslaught of US orchestras presently looking for new recording outlets, Deutsche Grammophon announced today that they are now working with yet another major American symphony: this time, it's the Cleveland Orchestra.
Franz Welser-Möst conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (photo: Roger Mastroianni)

The choice of repertoire hews to the tried-and-true: the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The soloists are fast-rising Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, whose own signing to DG as a soloist was recently announced; mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, who earned kudos in her performance in Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar (which, in a DG recording, won two Grammys last month); tenor Frank Lopardo; and celebrated bass Rene Pape, another DG artist. The recording was made in January 2007 during live performances at the orchestra's hallowed home, Severance Hall.

The recording will be released in both CD and digital-download format in either July or August. While the parameters of this deal does not make the Cleveland Orchestra exclusive to DG, a spokeswoman for the label said today: “Though plans for future recordings are not finalized, both Cleveland and Deutsche Grammophon hope to work together in the near future.”

The Universal Classics Group, which encompasses DG, has been rapidly signing a plethora of American orchestras looking to revive their recording output. Within the past year, Universal Classics has released digital and/or physical albums from the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and players from the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center under their “DG Concerts” initiative.

Anastasia Tsioulcas, online US correspondent

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