Record Labels Archives: Deutsche Grammophon

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...

Big Boxes: Pires’ Complete DG Solo Recordings

No sooner did Warner Classics release its edition of Maria João Pires’ complete Erato catalog than Deutsche Grammophon issued i...

Reference Recording: Pletnev’s Super-Cool CPE Bach

Anyone who has heard Mikhail Pletnev's Scarlatti knows that he has a real feel for the improvisatory element in Baroque and pre-Cl...

Reference Recording: Abbado’s Berlin Brahms

If this set were all that survived from Abbado's tenure in Berlin, collectors would be salivating for additional recordings, certa...

Reference Recording: Big, Tense Onegin, Gloriously Sung

This 1987 recording may not be the most “authentic” Onegin on the market--there's not a Russian in the cast (Burchuladze is Ge...

CD From Hell: Abbado’s First Berlin Beethoven Cycle

During his tenure in Berlin, Abbado replaced more than 80 members of the orchestra, virtually eradicating all traces of Karajan's ...

An Incongruous Coupling from Yundi

After floundering at EMI, Yundi returned to DG's fold in 2013 with a strong solo Beethoven release containing the three “name”...

Under the Radar (!): Jochum and Gilels Play Brahms

Remember these? For a good couple of decades these recordings were lauded as reference versions of the Brahms piano concertos, but...