Record Labels Archives: Decca

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CD From Hell: The Grossly Overrated Walter/Ferrier Das Lied

This recording has inspired more flowery prose and less serious musical observation among music critics and listeners than most "l...
monksofnorcia

Chant Redux

Hey, buddy! Wanna sell a million records? Join a monastery--or better yet, start your own, get your fellow monks together, and mak...
RoeBarber

CD from Hell: Elizabeth Roe’s Barber and Britten Is No Joy

Elizabeth Joy Roe, one half of the talented piano duo Anderson and Roe, does herself no service with this bland, boring coupling o...
SoltiRing

A Slightly Less Deluxe Solti Ring

Robert Levine already reviewed the super-duper uber-deluxe
StraussBlom

Filling in the Gaps: Where the Blomstedt SF Eulenspiegel Went

We may understand the rationale, but it's a pity nonetheless. When Decca put together it's generally excellent Strauss box, it inc...
Decca-Ring

Reference Recording: Solti’s Ring–Deluxe Style

In time for Georg Solti’s centenary and Wagner’s bi-centenary, in what can only be referred to as a remarkable “feat” of p...
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Big Boxes: Decca’s Fascinating, Bountiful, and Unpredictable Mono Years

Decca’s big box “Mono Years” retrospective focuses on orchestral and instrumental recordings made between 1944 and 1956, man...
Siroe

Hasse’s Siroe: A Bel Canto/Baroque Fiesta

Hasse was a major 18th century composer, up there with Handel. He was married to the even more famous soprano, Faustina Bordoni; t...
BachHog

Big Boxes: Bach by Hogwood, Historically Interesting

Rehearing these recordings, I am struck by the fact that Hogwood was a musicologist who deserves great respect. He lived at a time...
VivaldiHog

Hogwood’s Big Vivaldi Box Is No Bargain!

Talk about Caveat emptor! With the single exception of the Nisi Dominus, not terribly appealingly crooned by James Bowman, you get...