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Berliner Philharmoniker Renews With EMI

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — EMI Classics has renewed their exclusive recording deal with the Berliner Philharmoniker with a new five-year contract in addition to their on-going exclusive relationship with the Philharmoniker's Music Director, Sir Simon Rattle.

The first album under the renewed deal will be a live recording of Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges to be made this month with an eye towards a March 2009 release date.

EMI has recorded the Berliner Philharmoniker for nearly 100 years, harking back to the first recording of a complete symphony (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5) in 1913 with Arthur Nikisch. Other highlights of the EMI/BPO discography include performances of wide-ranging repertoire conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons and Sir Simon Rattle.

Among the soloists in the EMI/BPO catalogue are Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter and, more recently, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Sabine Meyer, Nigel Kennedy, Emmanuel Pahud, Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes.