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Lang Lang and Anne Sophia Mutter perform at DG's 120th anniversary concert

Celebrating 120 Years of Deutsche Grammophon, the Concert featuring performances from DG’s unbeatable roster of artists: Anne-Sophie Mutter & Lang Lang, in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall

The concert was followed online by an international audience via a global live stream on November 6, 2018.

“120 years ago, Deutsche Grammophon was already using the best technology to bring classical musicians to the heart of society. That's what we’re still doing today, as we share our artists’ recordings and performances with a vast global audience,” said Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon.

In a hectic, fast-moving age, people are looking for a place of peacefulness. They find it by listening to music. Classical music, like no other, fosters the ability to pause and focus. In short: to listen carefully. Therefore, it is becoming ever more important in a world of constant communication and increasing fragmentation of society. Thanks to digital media, music has also become more accessible than ever and the boundaries between genres have become more fluid. “Classical music is experiencing a renaissance,” said Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon. 

The DG120 gala concert took place in front of 2,000 guests at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and was live streamed to many more music lovers around the world on YouTube. Classical music virtuosos Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lang Lang performed works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Manfred Honeck. The audience further celebrated works by John Williams, including the world premiere of “Across the Stars”, a new piece for violin and orchestra based on motifs from Star Wars, as well as the German premiere of "Markings". Both compositions are dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter.

“It was a special evening,” Anne-Sophie Mutter commented after the concert. “Deutsche Grammophon has been by my side for over forty years. During this time, I have always been focused on and fascinated by consistently high standard of production, that DG supports my vision is evident across all their recordings.” Lang Lang emphasized: “We want to create new approaches to experiencing classical music and its emotional power. That’s what unites us, and is what I felt in the audience tonight. I am so glad that my fans from all over the world were able to be part of this.”


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