Record Labels Archives: Teldec

Big Boxes: Koopman’s Compelling Complete Bach Organ Works

If you missed these recordings, made during the mid-to-late 1990s, or have crossed paths with a volume or two in a used-CD shop, y...

Le Quattro Stagioni Definitive

When this recording was first issued in 1994 it was fascinating to see how Teldec varied the cover art from country to country. It...

Reference Recording: Barenboim Slays Schumann’s Symphonies

Daniel Barenboim turned in a very decent if a touch heavy-handed account of Schumann's symphonies for DG with the Chicago Symphony...

Concentus Musicus in Concert 1973

What a thrill it must have been to attend this 1973 Concentus musicus concert, and after many LP incarnations, what a joy it is to...

Reference Recording: Harnoncourt Nails Bach’s Magnificat

It's no disservice to Handel, whose splendid Utrech Te Deum is performed here just as well as the Bach—indeed, with perhaps an e...

CD From Hell: A Messiaen Massacre from Nagano/Berlin

Kent Nagano may know his Messiaen, but the Berlin Philharmonic hasn't a clue how this music should sound, and it was a mistake to ...

Reference Recording: The Ultimate, Wrist-Slitting, Shostakovich 14th

It's impossible to discuss this symphony without relating three stories. No. 1: One of my best friends was not getting along with ...

Brahms: Symphonies; Overtures; Variations/Harnoncourt

In the CD booklet note Nikolaus Harnoncourt goes into some detail about old-fashioned bowing techniques used by early conductors w...

DISTANT LIGHT

This luscious recording is for everyone. Peteris Vasks is a Latvian composer who might be referred to as "nationalistic"; at least...

Haydn: Piano sonatas/Schiff

In the notes that András Schiff contributes to this set, he makes an admirable case in defense of the music while rather cattily ...