Philadelphia Orchestra Signs To Major Label, To The Dismay Of Classical Music Hipsters Everywhere


Welcome to dog and music day on Philebrity: The Philadelphia Orchestra (and YANNICK!) announced a partnership with “iconic” classical music label — and perhaps the most classical music sounding label of all time — Deutsche Grammophon. A recording from the orchestra will be released this fall, just in time to make Pitchfork’s year-end list, and it is the Orchestra’s “first studio album with a major label since its recording with Deutsche Grammophon in 1997.”

The album will be recorded this spring at Verizon Hall, and will feature favorites such as Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and “Stokowski transcriptions for full symphony orchestra of three of Bach’s most famous organ works—his Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, Fugue in G minor (“Little”), and Toccata and Fugue in D minor—as well as his transcription of Stravinsky’s “Pastorale.” It all works out, because the people who buy classical music CDs have to make up a majority of the market of people who still buy CDs. No one’s gonna torrent this.

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