The Munich Philharmonic has launched its own label, joining the growing ranks of orchestras and ensembles to take their recording activity in-house.
The first two releases on MPHIL, as the label will be called, are due on September 30 and will be of Mahler’s Symphony No 2 and Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, both conducted by the orchestra’s music director Valery Gergiev.
These will be followed by up to six new releases per year, with a particular repertoire focus on German composers. As well as performances by both Gergiev – who took over the orchestra last year – and other conductors, the label will also make available selected performances from the archive.
'The Munich Philharmonic are incredible, talented players. They combine this technical ability with a deep group experience in the music of Mahler and Bruckner', said Gergiev in a statement announcing the label. 'I treasure and am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these musicians and want people around the world to hear the music we make together.'