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Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon, a German company, an important record label. It has long been known for high standards of audio fidelity[?].

Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft was founded in 1890 by German-born United States citizen Emile Berliner as the German branch of his Berliner Gramophone Company. It was based in the city of Hanover. Early on it was a partner with the U.S. Victor Talking Machine Company and the British HMV, but severed ties to these foreign companies with the start of World War I.

In 1941 Deutsche Grammophon was purchased by the Siemens & Halske[?] electronics company.

In 1962 Siemens formed a joint venture with Netherlands based Philips to create the DGG/PPI Record Group. Among this groups ventures was the PolyGram Records[?] label.

Deutsche Grammophon were owners of the Beatles' first record label, Polydor Records.

Deutsche Grammophon was a pioneer in introducing the compact disc to the mass market, debuting Classical music by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic for sale in the new medium in 1981.

In 1987 Siemens sold off its interest in Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips became the majority shareholder. In 1998 Seagram Company Ltd of Canada purchased Deutsche Grammophon and PolyGram. Since then Deutsche Grammophon has been part of the Universal Music Group[?].

See also: List of record labels

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