Record Labels Archives: Decca

Reference Recording: Solti’s Gripping Moses und Aron

This was a major release when it first appeared, and it remains one, not that there’s a lot of co...

The Singers: Sensational Beverly Sills

I'll start with some boilerplate, just in case you're new to Decca's The Singers series. Each disc is housed in an attractive card...

Reference Recording: Stoki’s Phase 4 Faun, And Other Fun Stuff

Given the appearance of Valery Gergiev’s horrid new LSO recording of La Mer and Faun with (in La Mer) the same orchestra, I thou...

A Big Bad Box of Gergiev

This twelve-disc set contains an unfortunate number of performances of striking mediocrity. Gergiev's position in the record works...

Dohnányi’s Hot Beethoven and Brahms Arrangements

This is one hot disc, and like so many recordings by Dohnányi it seems never to have gotten the attention that it deserved back i...

Bartoli Goes To Russia–In Triumph

Love her or not, Cecilia Bartoli has done it again. You can argue with her breathy production, her “shotgun” approach to fast ...

Pietro de Maria’s Quirky Complete Chopin

American piano enthusiasts may know Pietro de Maria’s work from several VAI releases stemming from the Miami International Piano...

Big Boxes: Carlo Bergonzi–Verdi Tenor Nonpareil In Style

Carlo Bergonzi, the tenor who died in July at the age of 90, undoubtedly was one of the great tenors of the last half of the 20th ...

Please God, Let This Be The Last Ozawa Box

First, there was the 11-disc Seiji Ozawa Anniversary Box, then there was The Art of Seiji Ozawa (16 CDs), then there was Seiji Oza...

Strangely Mediocre Carmen with Kasarova and Kaufmann

One might speculate as to why this 2008 performance of Carmen from Zurich has just been released, but frankly, it is not quite wor...