LONDON, NOVEMBER 16th – Sir Simon Rattle has signed a new contract with EMI Classics which sees him and EMI Classics extend their exclusive relationship well beyond 30 years. Over the next four years, Sir Simon Rattle will make 12 CDs with EMI Classics. This agreement sees him, EMI Classics and the Berliner Philharmoniker continue to move forward to build on their successes over the last years, including three Grammy Awards in the US, three Classical Brit and three Gramophone Awards in the UK and two Echo Klassik Awards in Germany.
Project highlights in the next year include Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Ballet, a programme of American music, headlined with a new commission by Wynton Marsalis, and a programme of works by Schoenberg, including the rare Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene (Music for a Cinematographic Scene).
Being one of only a few conductors today with an exclusive recording contract, the year 2010 also marks the 30th anniversary of Sir Simon Rattle’s exclusive relationship with EMI Classics, a period over which he has recorded more than 250 works for the label.
Sir Simon Rattle said: “In a time where recording contracts are rare enough to be an endangered species, I feel both lucky and privileged to be working further with EMI Classics, my loyal and brave partners of more than 30 years. The orchestra and I are delighted to be able to carry on bringing our music making to a hopefully ever wider audience, and are very touched by the faith of EMI in our partnership.”
Eric Dingman, President EMI Classics Global, said: “I am delighted about the ongoing partnership with Sir Simon which will continue to produce ground-breaking recordings and projects, adding to the great wealth, depth and breadth of repertoire that Sir Simon is building with EMI Classics.”
Stephen Johns, Vice President Artists and Repertoire EMI Classics, said: “We are thrilled that Sir Simon has agreed to renew his contract once again with EMI Classics. Over the past 30 years, Sir Simon has brought remarkable performances of remarkable music to wide audiences around the world, always opening eyes and ears with his fresh insights and authoritative performances. Nowhere is this more evident than in his relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker, arguably the greatest orchestra in the world.”
Sir Simon Rattle signed the contract while on tour with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the US in the presence of Stephen Johns and Lorna Aizlewood, Vice President Business and Legal Affairs EMI Classics.
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About Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Simon Rattle became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2002. As well as fulfilling a taxing concert schedule in Berlin, Sir Simon and the orchestra tour extensively and have garnered many awards for their EMI recordings and pioneering educational work. Concert programmes cover a broad spectrum, from Bach and Rameau to Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms to contemporary composers such as Adès, Berio, Boulez, Gubaidulina, Lindberg and Turnage.
About EMI Classics
EMI Classics is one of the top global classical music recording companies. Its two labels, the London-based EMI Classics and Paris-based Virgin Classics, record exclusively with the finest musicians around the world, including Sir Simon Rattle, Nigel Kennedy, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay amongst others, and with distinguished organisations including the Berliner Philharmoniker. The company has an unrivalled catalogue of recordings with international superstars, including Placido Domingo, Kiri te Kanawa, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti, and the historic recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich, Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jacqueline du Pré, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli, as well as the longest-serving artist in the history of the record industry, the violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.