A Creative Partnership of More than a Century with the Berlin Philharmonic
1950 saw the start of a new chapter in the orchestra’s history as it began to make an increasing number of recordings. A series of visiting guest conductors played leading roles in this process. Eugen Jochum began recording with the Philharmonic in 1951, setting down symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner over the years, while in 1952 Karl Böhm joined the long list of conductors who recorded with the orchestra.
Under Karajan the orchestra acquired a unique and worldwide media presence. No other conductor understood the demands of the globally expanding music industry as well as Karajan, with his particular ideas on how music should sound and how it should be disseminated.
The latest conductor to champion the association between the Berlin Philharmonic and Deutsche Grammophon is Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in Venezuela in 1981. He conducted the orchestra for the first time in 2008. He also conducted the 2012 European Concert in Vienna.
Text by: Helge Grünewald