Berlin 1947, a city that witnessed golden days for the arts in the 1920s, must reinvent itself. City and country lie in ruins. The conflicting political systems of East and West divide the world in general and Berlin in particular. At this juncture in history, something amazing happens: 1947 sees the birth in Berlin, under Walter Felsenstein and with the help of the Soviet administration, of the Komische Oper. And that same year, a certain "Ernst" Albert Busch establishes a new record company, the Lied der Zeit Schallplatten-Gesellschaft mbH, also in the Soviet zone of occupation. A few years later, "Song of (the) Time" becomes VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin. Within this state-owned company, Eterna is the label for classical music. An extensive record catalogue emerges, an archive with recordings in state-of-the-art sound that meet the highest artistic aspirations.
Berlin 1989. The divided city is united, politically and culturally. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the city has given Berlin three opera houses and countless orchestras, theatres and cultural ventures. The arts are on the move, changing with the times. It is this period that sees the creation of the Berlin Classics label, assuming and building upon the traditions of Eterna.
Berlin 2016. Almost 70 years have gone by since the establishment of the new label. Berlin Classics – Established 1947 – embraces the history of a divided and then reunified Germany. The label’s history reflects the development in recording media from shellac and vinyl to the uncompressed high-resolution audio file. And it has a history of its own to relate, with constant new input and famous artists. The benchmarks stand out: from Peter Schreier, one of the 20th century’s greatest Mozart tenors, to Kurt Sanderling, one of the most important Shostakovich conductors; from the most popular Beethoven piano sonatas to the standard-setting recording of Munich composer Carl Orff’s opera “Die Kluge”.
The new series presents the greatest classical recordings of nearly 70 years in the life of Berlin Classics & Eterna. Newly remastered to audiophile standards from the original tapes as 180g vinyl (AAA), CD and high-res audio files. Carrying the past forward into the future.
70 years of Berlin Classics. The new Berlin is making new history.