Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

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Reference Recording: Kempff’s Individual and Inimitable Beethoven Sonata Cycle

Since his death at 95 in 1991, Wilhelm Kempff’s standing among the great pianists of his time seems stronger than ever. This is ...
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CD From Hell: Barenboim’s Latest (and least) Brahms Concertos

Daniel Barenboim first recorded Brahms’ two piano concertos while in his 20s for EMI, and has frequently returned to them on dis...
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Big Boxes: DG’s Complete Fricsay Edition, Vol. 2

It is fortunate that the tragically short-lived conductor Ferenc Fricsay’s relationship with Deutsche Grammophon yielded a large...
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Filling in the Gaps: Strauss’ Dodgy Friedenstag

If it doesn't seem too awful, I'd like to quote background material on this opera from my own review of another recording, publish...
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CD From Hell: Abbado’s Very Posthumous Schubert Ninth

Death has never been an impediment to a new release. OK, to be honest, this live performance was captured back in 2011, when Abbad...
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Big Boxes: DG’s Complete Pogorelich Edition

When Ivo Pogorelich was eliminated during the 1980 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Martha Argerich resigned from the j...
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Big Boxes: The Last (First) Maazel Box

Here we go again. Lorin Maazel recorded everything for everyone, multiple times, but this set, which contains his earliest DG reco...
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Chung’s Mahler Ninth: Odd, Unnecessary, Uncompetitive

I suppose this series is being recorded for the Korean market, and in the Seoul Philharmonic South Korea certainly has an orchestr...
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CD From Hell: Ozawa Snoozes Through Ives’ Fourth

How on earth Seiji Ozawa manages to make Ives' wild and crazy Fourth Symphony sound so boring has to be one of the great mysteries...
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Romantic Quartets from Chamber Music Society

Recorded live at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at two concerts in March, 2015, this CD caught my eye with the promis...