Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

Nazis on Parade: Karajan’s Classic March Album

This epic set of Prussian and Austrian military marches was issued in the mid-1970s, and it raised a few eyebrows. I suppose it re...

Big Boxes: Strauss’ Complete (ish) Operas from DG

Deutsche Grammophon’s 33-disc collection devoted to Richard Strauss’ complete operas draws upon live and studio recordings tha...

Nézet-Séguin: Is Half A Rite Better Than None?

This senseless release seems to be based vaguely  and incoherently on a Stokowski/Fantasia/Tribute-to-Philadelphia sort of theme....

Peter, John, & (The Other) Mary

You have no time to settle in and get comfortable. From the very opening seconds, beginning with emphatic orchestral chords, quick...

Big Boxes: Italian Universal’s Art of Giulini

This sixteen CD set contains a generally well-chosen selection of Giulini's DG recordings. You get Beethoven's Fifth and Ninth Sym...

Abbado Accompanies Argerich: A Sad Farewell

Claudio Abbado was near death when he accompanied Martha Argerich in these two concertos, captured live at the Lucerne Festival, b...

Jan Lisiecki’s Underwhelming Chopin Etudes

In an age when many young pianists look upon Chopin’s Etudes as athletic stunts, many listeners will appreciate 18-year-old Jan ...

Abbado’s Mendelssohn, a Souvenir of His Best Work

Mendelssohn is one of the few composers in whose music Abbado has demonstrated consistent mastery (Rossini is another), and while ...

Nézet-Séguin’s Well-Intentioned Tchaikovsky Pathétique

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the recently installed music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but it’s not that ensemble he lea...

Under the Radar: Levine Does It Again in Brahms

Has anyone on disc made two such exceptional Brahms symphony cycles? Why is it that so few mention Levine whenever the subject of ...