Archiv Produktion

Archiv Produktion
Parent company Deutsche Grammophon
Founded 1948 (1948)
Genre Classical
Country of origin Germany
Location Berlin
Official website

Archiv Produktion is a subsidiary label of Deutsche Grammophon founded in 1948.[1]

The first head of Archiv Produktion, serving in the position from 1948 to 1957, was Fred Hamel, a musicologist who set out the early Archiv Produktion releases according to 12 research periods, from Gregorian Chant to Mannheim and Vienna.[2] Hamel's successor 1958-1968 Hans Hickmann was a professor at the University of Hamburg who focused on Bach and Handel.[3] The next director was Andreas Holschneider (b. 1931) from 1970-1991. In December 1991 Holschneider gave an interview to Gramophone where he defended the entry of Archiv Produktion and authentic instrument specialists such as John Eliot Gardiner into Romantic territory of Schumann and Berlioz.[4] The label's next head was Peter Czornyj (b. 1956) from 1992.[5]

In parallel the Decca Group also acquired in 1970 the rights the recording catalogue of the French-Australian music publishers Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre and began to issue early music recordings using the l'Oiseau-Lyre brand.

Artists and recordings


Archiv Produktion's first recording was of Helmut Walcha playing Bach, 1947, released 1948.








external Links


  1. Encyclopedia of recorded sound Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler - 2005 "In June 1946 DGG was permitted to start fresh, and already in 1948 the firm was producing 1.8 million discs; ... The Archiv Produktion subsidiary was established that same year, which focused on recordings of early music"
  2. Dorottya Fabian Bach performance practice, 1945-1975: a comprehensive review 2003
  3. Interview "Sunken Musical Treasure" Billboard 4 May 1968
  4. "Around the yellow label", Gramophone interview (archived link)
  5. Martin Elste Meilensteine der Bach-Interpretation 1750 - 2000
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