Record Labels Archives: Decca

Big Boxes: Kertesz and The London Years

First let's talk about the silly concept: Kertesz made plenty of recordings elsewhere during his "London Years," but of course don...

Reference Recording: Marriner’s Unexpectedly Superb MSPC

There's a moment in the finale of Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, at figure C for any score-readers out there...

Reference Recording: Haitink’s Shostakovich Fifth

There are some great things in Haitink's Shostakovich cycle, specifically Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 12, and 13. There must always be r...

Haitink’s Alternately Enthralling and Frustrating Symphony Edition

These performances have been mindlessly reissued countless times in various boxed sets, this time particularly lazily. There is no...

Benedictines Lenten Offering

By now you've undoubtedly heard of the Benedictines of Mary--and likely have heard some part of this or one of their earlier recor...

Big Boxes: Richter’s (almost) Complete Universal Classics Solo Recordings

A few housekeeping comments are in order concerning this 33-CD boxed set devoted to Sviatoslav Richter. The contents comprise near...

Lutoslawski Conducts Lutoslawski Merely Acceptably

The feature attraction here is Lutoslawski conducting his own Third Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic. It's not a bad performa...

Mackerras’ Decca Janácek Káta Kabanová, Not Quite His Best

It's understandable that Decca would choose this set for release on "Originals." It is fully representative of Charles Mackerras' ...

Under the Radar: Leinsdorf’s Exciting, Historic Walküre

This was the first stereo recording of this opera, released in 1962. Erich Leinsdorf may not have been a conductor of "ideas", but...

Reference Recording: Dohnányi’s Superlative Ives and Ruggles

It's hard to believe that this recording is nearly 20 years old (at time of writing). In 1995, when it was released, Decca—and t...