Includes key classical works.

BMG Music Publishing has acquired two German classical music catalogs, Rob. Forberg Musikverlag and Mannheimer Musikverlag.

Forberg and Mannheimer are the long-term publishers of key classical works by legendary Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. The acquisition expands BMG's classical music catalog, which includes works by Italian composers Verdi, Puccini and Rossini; French composers Saint-Saens, Ravel and Satie; and Hungarian composers Bartok and Kurtàg.

“Since 1994, when we acquired Ricordi and the works of the great Italian composers, classical music has been a key component of BMG Music Publishing’s global strategy,” says Laurent Hubert, executive VP/COO, BMG Music Publishing Worldwide. “We followed Ricordi with the acquisition of key classical music catalogues in Hungary and France. Now, the Forberg and Mannheimer catalogs augment this plan perfectly both by strengthening our foothold in classical music and by giving us representation of key works from the legendary Russian composers, an area where we had not previously held a presence.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.