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CANAL+ GROUP Partners with Universal Music Group to Launch Deutsche Grammophon+

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CANAL+ GROUP Partners with Universal Music Group to Launch Deutsche Grammophon+



The World’s Oldest Record Label’s Extensive Classical Repertoire on a Unique Curated Channel Now Available Only on CANAL



26 April 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Canal+ Group and Universal Music Group launch Deutsche Grammophon+, an innovative channel featuring exclusive and specially curated content showcasing Deutsche Grammophon's prestigious catalogue.


An audio and audio-visual feast, the channel provides an extensive range of curated music hosting over 400 programmes and classical works at launch; including short documentaries, interviews, portraits, key artist and composer anniversaries, catalogue repertoire, albums, new releases and the openings of all operas in France. Content will be expanded upon regularly and Deutsche Grammophon's iconic artists will recommend their favourite works in personally curated playlists.


Content featured on Deutsche Grammophon+ includes previously-unreleased filmed concerts, most notably a concert shot in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, the audio of which will be released for the first time by a classical record company in Dolby ATMOS surround sound audio technology. Deutsche Gramophon has embarked on a program of 10 re-masterings of audio recordings into ATMOS to be released by the end of 2018 with a similar rollout planned for 2019. These feature highlight recordings from the analogue era including artists such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, and Carlos Kleiber.


Deutsche Grammophon+ is a beautifully curated channel for Canal subscribers, classical music enthusiasts, and new fans alike. A stylish, intuitive and entertaining gateway into the rich universe of classical music, its history, and its leading lights, Deutsche Grammophon+ is available for streaming via myCANAL. Featuring cutting edge high-resolution recording technology and for the first time ever, Dolby ATMOS. Deutsche Grammophon+ is currently available for all subscribers with the latest-generation Canal set-top boxes and will be offered via third-party set-top boxes at a later stage. The channel is available within the CANAL Family package as well as the Panorama and Intégrale offers.


Gerald-Brice Viret, EVP Canal+ TV Channels comments: “We are very proud to offer the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon catalogue to our classical music loving subscribers. This new video on demand and streaming channel came to life thanks to the Universal Music, Deutsche Grammophon and CANAL+ teams’ expertise. All part of the Vivendi group, these teams have united their efforts in order to offer a particularly rich and innovative service. An unprecedented service in the media landscape.”


In partnership with Canal+, the channel will grow to encompass repertoire from other classical labels within Universal Music Group.


The channel's overarching goal is to encourage a passion for classical music and to showcase the full wealth of Deutsche Grammophon's classical repertoire and its extraordinary artists, from the most revered legends to the avantgarde including new composers and young developing artists.


Clemens Trautmann, President, Deutsche Grammophon comments: “We are delighted to launch our game-changing classical service in partnership with the inspired team at Canal+.  Our outstanding artists, composers, and the incredible catalogues we are custodians of, deserve a platform of equally high quality and ambition. Investing in artists and culture is part of our strategic vision, we will continue to innovate with our partners as we foster a deeper understanding of, and love for, classical music and develop new audiences and ways of enjoyment.”


The creation of Deutsche Grammophon+ illustrates the synergy between two complementary Vivendi businesses, Universal Music Group and the Canal+ Group, combining the creative force of premium brands across television and music.



About Deutsche Grammophon


One of the most prestigious names in global classical music since its foundation in 1898, Deutsche Grammophon has always stood for the highest standards of artistry and sound quality. Home to the greatest artists of all time, the famous yellow label is a beacon to which music lovers all over the world look for outstanding recordings and interpretations.


Deutsche Grammophon’s current artist roster includes some of the most distinguished artists in classical music such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Anna Netrebko, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Hélène Grimaud, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Murray Perahia, Maurizio Pollini, Grigory Sokolov, Daniil Trifonov, Krystian Zimerman, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Elīna Garanča, Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazón and Max Richter. In addition, the label’s catalogue represents the cultural legacy of whole generations of maestri and features recordings from many of the finest classical artists in music history including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Vladimir Horowitz, Mstislaw Rostropovich and Andrés Segovia. Highly dedicated to the development of new repertoire, Deutsche Grammophon also fosters and promotes a whole range of popular, contemporary artists.


Deutsche Grammophon is part of Universal Music Group, the world-leader in music-based entertainment.



About CANAL+ Group


CANAL+ Group is the leading pay-TV group in France, ranking first both for its premium-content networks with the generalist channel CANAL+ and associated channels, and its themed networks. It is also the top multi-channel platform and pay-TV distributor in France. CANAL+ Group has a high international profile, with a presence in fast-developing markets. It is the leading pay-TV operator in French-speaking countries, particularly Africa where it has nearly 3.5 million subscribers. It is also present in Poland, Vietnam and recently Myanmar. Overall, CANAL+ Group has over 15.5 million subscribers worldwide, including 8 million in mainland France. A free-to-air TV operator with three national channels, including France fifth highest rating channel, C8, and in-house advertising sales division CANAL+ REGIE, the Group is also a benchmark player in commercial TV. Through its subsidiary STUDIOCANAL, CANAL+ Group is the European leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series.


Group CANAL+ is fully-owned by Vivendi, a global media and content production and distribution group.



About Universal Music Group


Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world.  Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans.


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