Record Labels Archives: Decca

Strangely Mediocre Carmen with Kasarova and Kaufmann

One might speculate as to why this 2008 performance of Carmen from Zurich has just been released, but frankly, it is not quite wor...

Big Boxes: Ansermet’s Rousing Russian Collection

For all the grotty playing and occasionally screechy sonics, there's something very endearing about this set. Ansermet really was ...

Maazel’s Complete Decca Cleveland Recordings

It would of course have been too much to ask Decca to simply release the complete Maazel recordings. They already blew that opport...

Sultry, Sexy Alisa Weilerstein; Oh, And She Plays the Cello

Alisa Weilerstein is an exceptionally talented cellist whose promotion by Decca is just plain embarrassing. There she is, in her s...

Reference Recording: Is The Creation Hogwood’s Finest Performance?

This extraordinary recording of Haydn's The Creation may just be Christopher Hogwood's best release of anything. It will come as a...

Under the Radar: Dohnányi’s Vibrant Schumann

There are simply dozens of Schumann cycles around; I only keep my top ten or fifteen on hand. The rest sit in the "overflow" stock...

Major Discoveries: Hogwood Gets Martinu in St. Paul

Of all the early-music specialist conductors, the late Christopher Hogwood seems to have made the most successful transition to pl...

CD From Hell: Dohnányi’s Miserable Mahler 4th

Christoph von Dohnányi once ruefully observed of his tenure in Cleveland, "We give a great concert and George Szell gets the cred...

Big Boxes: Marilyn Horne’s Complete Decca Recitals

No one would deny that Marilyn Horne was one of the most important--and pleasure-giving--singers of the 20th century. Mention of h...

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...