Record Labels Archives: Decca

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...

Reference Recording: Prokofiev’s Complete R&J

There are a handful of complete recordings of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet, including Previn (EMI), Gergiev (Philips), Ashk...

Update Fails; All Else Works In Lively “Ory”

When nobody was looking, Le Comte Ory, Rossini’s last comic opera, stopped being a rarity. There had never been a recording of t...

Reference Recording: Kertész, Ludwig & Berry Own Bluebeard’s Castle

This performance needs little introduction. Widely regarded as the finest stereo version ever recorded of Bartók's moody, hypnoti...

Horne’s Authentic Gluck Orfeo

From a purely vocal point of view, this version of Gluck's masterpiece stands among the most authentic on the market. The version ...