Record Labels Archives: Decca

Big Boxes: Marriner Plays Mostly Modern Music

This ten-disc set is billed as containing "20th Century Classics," including such modern gems as Bizet's Symphony in C, Wagner's S...

Big Boxes: The Best Strauss Collection Since Kempe

In the hands of the major labels, the word "complete" is a dangerous weapon. Usually, the collection in question is not complete, ...

Maazel’s Excellent Vienna Sibelius

With the passing of Lorin Maazel, the world of classical music lost one of its strangest yet most talented figures. The man was a ...

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...