Welcome to the international catalogue of recordings currently available on Decca.
One of the ways we help you find your way through our archives is by organising our recordings into thematic series. The themes range from The Originals, critically acclaimed performances of Decca artists past and present to Virtuoso a selection of classical masterpieces, helping newcomers to classical music build a library of essential music.
In the left menu, you will find the complete listing of the series we introduce you to here. Each entry has a short text explaining its focus. Included is a link to the series website or to its complete discography in the catalogue.
Phase 4 Stereo
A comprehensive 40 CD overview of some of the most sonically-spectacular albums ever made, from a period when Decca enjoyed a clear technological lead over its competitors.
‘Phase 4 stereo’ was created in 1961 as an American subsidiary of Decca, and steered to success by New Yorker Tony D’Amato. 200 classical releases were eventually released within this label, with the first major classical releases 50 years ago in 1964.
Using Decca’s 20-channel mixing desk, the label aimed to deliver an immediacy of sound which new recording and the LP techniques permitted, and thus give listeners an experience they would not obtain anywhere else either in the concert hall or from other labels. Phase 4 vividly expanded the scope and spectrum of recorded sound.