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BMG launches new classical and jazz label

By | Published on Friday 15 November 2019


BMG has announced the launch of Modern Recordings, a new label venture for new classical, jazz and electronic music. Mainly instrumental. Though some vocals might be allowed through on special occasions.

It’s the first new label imprint to be launched by the current incarnation of BMG and, the music firm says, it will “capitalise on the growing international appetite, also driven by streaming, for new leftfield music arising out of the classical and jazz worlds”.

It will be led by Christian Kellersmann, the Berlin-based former Universal Music exec who joined BMG back in February this year. Initial artists on his roster include Craig Armstrong, Robot Koch, Meredi and Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince. Its first release, out today, is by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halparin’s Twilight People.

Says Kellersmann of his new gig: “The first releases show the breadth of ambition of Modern Recordings. We will give international musicians a home to realise extraordinary projects. Across borders. Across genres. Across boundaries. We see a great opportunity to offer such artists all the benefits of BMG’s global approach to records”.