Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

“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...

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...