In Thursday’s (4/7) Korea Herald, Kim Yoon-mi reports, “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director Chung Myung-whun said on Thursday the orchestra had inked a long-term license contract with Deutsche Grammophon. ‘It’s been six years since I took the helm of the SPO. Signing a contract with the world’s top classical music record label Deutsche Grammophon is a big step,’ Chung told reporters in Seoul, just before the signing ceremony between the SPO and Universal Music Group International. Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group International label, enjoys more than 40 percent of the global classical music market, according to the company officials. … Under the contract with Deutsche Grammophon, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will release two albums every year for five years, with the first album release expected in the second half of 2011. The Seoul Phil started recordings with Deutsche Grammophon in 2010 and has finished three recordings–French repertoire Debussy and Ravel, Mahler Symphony No.1 and No. 2–with artistic advisor and producer Michael Fine. In 2011, the orchestra is scheduled to record Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Korean composer Chin Un-suk’s ‘Su’ and Mahler Symphony No. 9.”

Posted April 8, 2011