CUGATE Classics is a classical music label, which has its origin in the early Nineties of the last century. In the aftermath of the Glasnost era well-known German music producer Memo Rhein started with his partner Iris Mazur a series of recordings of classical music in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Lithuania and Tbilisi (Georgia) to support a cultural exchange on eyesight level. It ended up with more than 300 album programs – all recorded in high definition 24 bit / 96 khz – pioneering new recordings standards, licensed to and intended to be released by SONY CLASSICAL

The material includes both mainstream and rarely recorded symphonic and chamber music as well as choral and ethnic works not focussing only on Russian music but also on a variety of well known international classical masterpieces.

Most of the recorded music has never been released since Memo dedicated all his efforts to build up his CuGate Media Group, focussing on technical features such as anti piracy software and a comprehensive 4k Ultra High Definition video development.

But after having met by coincidence former Sony Classical manager Elmar Lindemann, who together with Memo had started the Russian music expedition in its founding period, both of them decided to have a profound relaunch of the complete archive material.

The entire material is unified by an outstanding recording quality – the sound is superb as one can expect from state of the art 24 bit / 96 khz recording technology. The technical excellence is enhanced by the mastering professionalism of the Berlin b-sharp studio, which made itself a name in winning two American Grammy awards and six German Classical Echoes.

Please visit our bandcamp page to purchase our recordings.