Record Labels Archives: Decca

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 ...

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...