CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has signed her first record deal, an exclusive long-term contract with the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon. She will be the first female conductor to join the label, which is home to legendary conductors including former CBSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and countless other illustrious artists.
Mirga will release her debut album in May – a collection of orchestral works by Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg, whose centenary falls this year. She conducts the combined forces of the CBSO, Kremerata Baltica and violinist Gidon Kremer in Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish” – a major work completed in 1991 and dedicated to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. She also directs Kremerata Baltica in the early Symphony No. 2.
She will go on to record music by her compatriot Raminta Šerkšnytė with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius Municipal Choir and Kremerata Baltica, a project that will be followed up with an album of works by British composers with the CBSO, as the orchestra celebrates its centenary.
“Deutsche Grammophon was part of my musical upbringing,” says Mirga. “It’s a genuine honour to join DG and to record works that will be new to so many listeners. The music of Mieczysław Weinberg and Raminta Šerkšnytė, a rising star among Lithuanian composers, deserves to reach the widest possible audience. It’s very exciting that our partnership will document some of the musical adventures that the fabulous CBSO and I are about to embark on together and will celebrate the orchestra’s centenary with an album of landmarks of 20th-century British music. I look forward to this thrilling collaboration with DG and to the musical discoveries we can make together.”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon, welcomes the signing. “Mirga is a very special musician, someone whose passion and commitment is communicated with irresistible eloquence. She has made a profound impression with the CBSO, introducing new repertoire and shining new light on works from the symphonic mainstream. I’m sure her first DG recordings will reach out to new audiences and set benchmarks for innovative programming.”
Mirga's signing to Deutsche Grammophon marks an important milestone in her career. Her first recording was made at Symphony Hall Birmingham during the CBSO’s critically-acclaimed Weinberg Weekend in November 2018, and the album was made with the generous support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. This exciting debut will be released in May.