|Parent company||Deutsche Grammophon|
|Country of origin||Germany|
The first head of Archiv, serving in the position from 1948 to 1957, was Fred Hamel, a musicologist who set out the early Archiv releases according to 12 research periods, from Gregorian Chant to Mannheim and Vienna. Hamel's successor 1958-1968 Hans Hickmann was a professor at the University of Hamburg who focussed on Bach and Handel. The next director was Andreas Holschneider (b. 1931) from 1970-1991. In December 1991 Holschneider gave an interview to Gramophone where he defended the entry of Archiv, and authentic instrument specialists such as John Eliot Gardiner into Romantic territory of Schumann and Berlioz. The next head was Peter Czornyj (b. 1956) from 1992.
In parallel the Decca Group also acquired in 1970 the rights the recording catalogue of the French-Australian music publishers Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre and began to issue early music recordings using the l'Oiseau-Lyre brand.
Artists and recordings
The first recording was of Helmut Walcha playing Bach, 1947, released 1948.
- Cappella Coloniensis
- Berlin Hugo Distler Chor, Klaus Fischer-Dieskau
- Josef Ulsamer
- Colin Tilney, Jörg Demus, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
- Schola Cantorum "Francesco Coradini" - Fosco Corti
- Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Jürgen Jürgens
- Münchener Bach-Chor & Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter
- Pro Cantione Antiqua
- Charles Mackerras
- Camerata Bern, Heinz Holliger
- Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel
- The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock.
- Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner
- harpsichordist Kenneth Gilbert
- Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski - first recording for Archiv was Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie 1994.
- Orlando Consort
- Pomerium (ensemble)
- Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
- Encyclopedia of recorded sound Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstler - 2005 "In June 1946 DGG was permitted to start fresh, and already in 1948 the firm was producing 1.8 million discs; ... The Archiv Produktion subsidiary was established that same year, which focused on recordings of early music"
- Dorottya Fabian Bach performance practice, 1945-1975: a comprehensive review 2003
- Interview "Sunken Musical Treasure" Billboard 4 May 1968
- Martin Elste Meilensteine der Bach-Interpretation 1750 - 2000