PR-speak reaches a crescendo in an EMI Classics press release announcing a new exclusive recording contract with Simon Rattle. The president of EMI Classics Global Eric Dingman, whose CV includes almost twenty years with Labatt Breweries, gushes:
'I am delighted about the ongoing partnership with Sir Simon which will continue to produce ground-breaking recordings and projects, adding to the great wealth, depth and breadth of repertoire that Sir Simon is building with EMI Classics.'Bang on cue the conductor himself joins in the refrain with:
'In a time when recording contracts are rare enough to be an endangered species, I feel both lucky and privileged to be working further with EMI Classics, my loyal and brave partners of more than 30 years'.One of Simon Rattle's truly ground-breaking projects was his 1995 recordings with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra of the Passacaglia, op, 4 (1925) and Ciaconna sinfonica (1936) by the exiled German composer Berthold Goldschmidt (1903-1996). The only problem is these recordings were not made by Rattle's loyal and brave partners of more than 30 year. The conductor was specially released from his exclusive EMI contract to record for more adventurous rival Decca two contributions to their Goldschmidt Album. This appeared as part of Decca's visionary Entartete Musik, a series that truly added to the depth and breadth of the recorded repertoire. Although the Goldschmidt Album is deleted it is still available as an MP3 download and should not be missed.
What makes this story much more than an interesting anecdote is that Simon Rattle once literally saved Berthold Goldschmidt's life. Doubtless the senior management of EMI are hoping the conductor can now do the same for their troubled company. Read how Sir Simon revived Berthold Goldschmidt here.
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