Yannick & Philly to Record on DG
Last summer, Deutsche Grammophon signed Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to a long-term agreement. Yesterday, the orchestra announced that his first project for the label would be a recording in Verizon Hall of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, set to be issued in the fall.
The iconic work, in its centennial year, was premiered in 1922 in the U.S. by none other than the Philadelphia Orchestra, under then music director Leopold Stokowski. The collaborators also made the first American recording of the piece, in 1930. This marks the orchestra's first major-label project since 1997, also with DG.
These days, very few U.S. orchestras record for major labels. It's worth noting that DG also signed Gustavo Dudamel very early in his relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.