Record Labels Archives: Decca

Under the Radar: Dohnányi’s Vibrant Schumann

There are simply dozens of Schumann cycles around; I only keep my top ten or fifteen on hand. The rest sit in the "overflow" stock...

Major Discoveries: Hogwood Gets Martinu in St. Paul

Of all the early-music specialist conductors, the late Christopher Hogwood seems to have made the most successful transition to pl...

CD From Hell: Dohnányi’s Miserable Mahler 4th

Christoph von Dohnányi once ruefully observed of his tenure in Cleveland, "We give a great concert and George Szell gets the cred...

Big Boxes: Marilyn Horne’s Complete Decca Recitals

No one would deny that Marilyn Horne was one of the most important--and pleasure-giving--singers of the 20th century. Mention of h...

Big Boxes: Nielsen Symphonies Plus Maskarade

Herbert Blomstedt's San Francisco recordings of the complete Nielsen symphonies remain a reference edition. There are no weak link...

Reference Recording: Baker’s Dido Gets Laid (in Earth)

There have been plenty of fine recordings of Purcell's gem of an opera Dido and Aeneas, but let's face it, the work hangs on the c...

Big Boxes: Marriner’s (Mainly) Argo Years

First, let's discuss the performances. Like most artists active in the go-go decades at the end of the last century, Neville Marri...

Benjamin Grosvenor’s “Dances”

Music influenced by dance forms is the theme of Benjamin Grosvenor’s second Decca solo release. The opener is a decidedly “old...

Stupid Box Du Jour: Maazel In Vienna

What on earth was Decca thinking? This should have been so simple. Just take all of Maazel's Vienna Philharmonic recordings and st...

Big Boxes: Belohlávek’s Dull Dvorák, Again

Jirí Belohlávek must be a nice guy, because he invariably turns in "nice" performances: pleasant, unadventurous, faithful to the...