DG Concerts launched on March 28th 2006 with the first in a series of live recordings from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recorded a week earlier at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and released exclusively on iTunes.
The launch received significant media coverage including the New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Gramophone and NPR.
DG Concerts (and later Decca Concerts) went on to release more than 40 live albums from artists including:
- Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel
- New York Philharmonic with Lorin Maazel
- Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Pierre-Laurent Aimard
- Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
In 2012, Gustavo Dudamel’s recording of Brahms 4 with the LA Phil won a Grammy.
All albums were released with full liner notes in PDF format, and were available at iTunes for at least six months before they became available in other digital stores.
The League of American Orchestras published an overview of the project is here.