Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

Reference Recording: Karajan’s Luscious Schoenberg

Herbert von Karajan. Remember him? Considering how much he recorded, he gets remarkably little ment...

Under the Radar: Pollini’s Late Schubert Reconsidered

Maurizio Pollini’s recordings of Schubert’s last three sonatas and Klavierstücke D. 946 earned generally good reviews upon th...

Reference Recording: Kenneth Gilbert’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Recorded in 1983, Kenneth Gilbert’s Well-Tempered Clavier proudly stands the test of time as a reference harpsichord version. Fo...

The Medium-Tempered Aimard

While Pierre-Laurent Aimard interprets certain areas of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire with incandescent mastery (Ives, Carter,...

“Original??” Strauss from Maazel and Vienna

Lorin Maazel recorded Strauss multiple times on multiple labels with multiple orchestras. Just why remains a mystery. Not many con...

Peaceful, Reverential, Dull Meditation from Garanca

"'In our album we trace this quest for peace across different lands and eras." So states mezzo Elina Garanca in the notes accompan...

Reference Recording: Karajan’s Cosmic Bruckner Te Deum

Bruckner's Te Deum is a very special and compelling choral work. Even if you don't like the symphonies, you'll probably like this....

CD from Hell: Thielemann Kills The “Rhenish”

I wouldn't be at all surprised if many listeners new to classical music wonder what we critics are up to when we start complaining...

Under the Radar: Karajan’s Fantastic 1975 Fantastique

There's more to this recording than the best funeral bells and the most focused tuba playing on disc in the finale of the Fantasti...

CD From Hell: Thielemann’s Horripilating Schumann 1 & 4

Before signing a recording contract, performers should be forced to take a modified form of the Hippocratic oath, specifically the...