It was announced today that Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, incoming Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, has signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
The Montreal-born conductor, hailed by the Financial Times as the “greatest generator of energy on the international podium”, first appeared on the yellow label nearly 10 years ago, for DVD recordings of Roméo et Juliette (recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2008) and Carmen (recorded at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010), and began a long-term collaboration in 2012.
Future plans on the label include a broad range of symphonic and operatic repertoire, with the next instalment of his late Mozart opera cycle being released this summer: La clemenza di Tito with Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Adam Plachetka.
Next week will see the release of The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Collection, a 6-CD collection of previously unissued live recordings hand-picked by Yannick, who became the orchestra’s Chief Conductor in 2008. The release is timed to coincide with the Jubilee concerts in Rotterdam on 9 and 10 June, the highpoint of this year’s centenary celebrations. Joined by Joyce DiDontato, Yannick will conduct a programme of works by Handel, Bellini, Rossini, Mozart and Respighi. The concert on 9 June will be streamed live on medici.tv.
“I am genuinely thrilled by the prospect of making music with Deutsche Grammophon,” comments Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “We will build on the work that we have recorded together over the past seven years and develop exciting new projects as well. The yellow label has documented major landmarks of my time as Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Stokowski’s transcriptions of works by Bach and Stravinsky, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, and of my ten years as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, including the world premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Piano Concerto with Marc-André Hamelin. I look forward to exploring fresh territory with the team when I start work as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in September, to realising the plans we have for recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, and to making further recordings with wonderful DG artists like Lisa Batiashvili, Elīna Garanča and Rolando Villazón. Not to mention the continued pleasure of live performances with such amazing musicians as Martha Argerich, Hélène Grimaud, Jan Lisiecki and Yuja Wang. I truly believe that artists today must reach out to audiences worldwide and communicate their passion for the life-enhancing experience that classical music and opera provides.”
Yannick on DG: recent releases
BERNSTEIN Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra
“Yannick Nézet-Séguin forges a powerfully emotional interpretation of this unique work — a cross-section of European and American Music.” Presto Classical
DUETS with Rolando Villazón, Ildar Abdrazakov & Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal
MENDELSSOHN Symphonies Nos. 1-5 with Chamber Orchestra of Europe
“anyone looking for a reliable complete set of Mendelssohn’s symphonies couldn’t do better.”
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni, Anne Sofie von Otter and Rolando Villazón
See all of Yannick’s DG releases here.