Record Labels Archives: Decca

Under the Radar: Solti’s Strauss Tone Poems

It's interesting that Georg Solti's recordings of Strauss tone poems seem never to have gotten the attention that they deserve. Tr...

Reference Recording: The In-Your-Face Salome To End Them All

There may have actually been "greater" Salomes in recordings of Salome; Hildegard Behrens is arguably more insightful, and Montser...

Reference Recording: Frühbeck de Burgos’ Magical Brujo

The late Rafael Frübeck de Burgos was an excellent conductor in much more than Spanish music. A powerful exponent of the choral r...

Reference Recording: Larrocha Plays Ravel PCs

These performances are uniformly outstanding. Alicia de Larrocha’s natural feel for the subtlety and elegance of French music se...

Historical Gems: Krauss Conducts Strauss in Vienna

Although advertised as “The Complete Decca Recordings,” this set is should be called “The Complete Vienna Philharmonic Decca...

Leonidas Kavakos Shines in Brahms’ Violin Concerto

To hear Leonidas Kavakos play the Brahms Violin Concerto is to be newly apprised of the work’s reputed difficulties. Not that Ka...

Barenboim’s Weird Elgar 2

This is a very strange performance of Elgar's Second Symphony. Barenboim's first effort for Sony, made decades ago, was a somewhat...

Reference Recording: Marriner’s Grand Handel Op. 6

For some incomprehensible reason, this set of Handel's Op. 6 Concerti Grossi were omitted from Decca's recent big box ("The Argo Y...

Chailly’s Brahms: OK Hors d’Oeuvres, Mediocre Entrées

There are some interesting bonuses in this three-disc set: an alternative opening of the Fourth Symphony, two Intermezzos orchestr...

Big Boxes: Blomstedt in San Francisco, Partially

This is an incredibly stupid collection of superb performances. Herbert Blomstedt never made a bad recording in San Francisco. Ind...