From our own correspondent in Beijing:
The China Philharmonic Orchestra released a 100 CDs box-set at the press conference on Dec 7th in Beijing under the label DR Classics. This commercial release is selected from 105 live concerts since 2008 featuring 213 pieces of work, including a sensational production of Handel’s Semele in 2010 during the Beijing Music Festival directed by Zhang Huan, a co-production between BMF and La Monnaie.
Ten vinyls and ten blu-ray discs of selected programmes were released early this year. It is said that the release will be a strong contender for the Grammy 2013. The Grammy signed a framework deal with the Beijing Music Festival two years ago. Long Yu is the artistic director of both BMF and China Phil.
DR Classics now handles the live recording for China Phil and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, both with Long Yu as artistic director. It is also recording for Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, whose music director is a protege of Yu. The ambitious and politically well-connected conductor is the kingpin of classical music in China. Some have begun to call him Karajan.