Deutsche Grammophon launches its 120th anniversary with a live stream from the Forbidden City in Beijing

A chilly open-air concert for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and various soloists in the Forbidden City last night in Beijing.

Arm warmers for Mari Samuelsen and fingerless gloves for Daniil Trifonov. Some smashing furry jackets for some of the violinists too. Little wonder. Records show it was around 10 degrees centigrade. The backdrop was great (it especially worked for Orff’s Carmina Burana) but it would be fair to say there were one or two slight intonation issues.

The was live streamed on YouTube (Internet users in China have had to wait 24 hours before they could see a deferred live stream) and at the time of writing attracted 3,895 worldwide views.

This is another digital production event supported by Google Arts and Culture – a kind of online exhibition space that eschews conventional web layouts for something a little more flip-booky. It works. The simple layout change has an almost retro feel to it, bringing the kind of timelines I’d normally grab from Wikipedia a far more interesting and absorbing experience.

Be sure to take a look at the Deutsche Grammophon history – its raises a number of different questions for me about the importance of classical music in the early days of commercial recordings

Similarly learning that the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2019, a discovery that highlights an area of performance history I had previously overlooked.

Watch the live stream of 
Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th Anniversary Concert at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing’s Forbidden City, featuring performances by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu together with Daniil Trifonov, Mari Samuelsen, Aida Garifullina, Wiener Singakademie and more.