Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

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...

Big Boxes: Podium Brilliance from DG’s Complete Fricsay Edition Vol. 1

Ferenc Fricsay’s tragically early death at 48 from stomach cancer in 1963 robbed the world of a great artist and formidable cond...

Big Boxes: Sinopoli The Accompanist

Given his tendency to wallow decadently in late romantic music, Giuseppe Sinopoli turns out to be a very sensitive accompanist on ...

Big Boxes: Sinopoli The Decadent

This Italian Universal box (the listing of Brahms' "Un Requiem tedesco" is a dead giveaway) contains a generally well-chosen selec...

DG’s Mongrel Shostakovich Cycle

The main purpose in putting this set together, obviously, was to recycle Järvi's incomplete (for DG) Shostakovich cycle--the rest...

Big Boxes: Karajan’s Mostly Berlin, Mostly Analog Strauss

This richly packaged, splendidly annotated (with complete texts and translations) limited edition contains the following: 1. Al...

Abbado’s Not Much Better Bruckner Ninth

Claudio Abbado usually has been a satisfying Bruckner conductor, but then his previous recordings were mostly made with the Vienna...

Reference Recording: Abbado’s Cinematic Alexander Nevsky

Forget the movie, Abbado's Alexander Nevsky is more vivid than anything you'll see on the screen. With gutsy singing from the Lond...