New Partnership of the The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Decca Classics The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has announced a five-year partnership agreement with Decca Classics, on which the Orchestra recorded about 80 albums from the beginning of the 1980s to the early 2000s. THE LEGENDARY BORODIN QUARTET SIGNS TO DECCA Celebrating a milestone 70th-anniversary year, the world-leading Borodin Quartet has signed to Decca Classics for a major series of recordings of the music of Shostakovich. Russian Star Soprano AIDA GARIFULLINA Signs exclusively to Decca Classics On January 28th Decca Classics announced the exclusive signing of Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, first prize winner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 2013. She will record her debut album in Vienna for release in August. Rediscovering the Serenades Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra take another significant step in an extraordinary musical journey with the release of the two Brahms Serenades. The Serenades have been unjustly neglected and are rarely heard in concert, making them perfect repertoire for Chailly’s enquiring mind. Widely respected as a conductor with a “rare talent for transforming music ripe for rediscovery” (Gramophone), his reading of the Serenades fits with his philosophy that “all music must aspire to be ‘new music’ again”. The recording follows Chailly’s multi-award-winning sets of the Brahms and Beethoven symphonies. Bartoli feted at Record Academy Awards Japan’s leading music magazine has named Cecilia Bartoli as one of the winners in its 50th annual Record Academy Awards. The new album St Petersburg, which the Record Academy honoured with its Bronze Award, is a thrilling collection of eleven world premiere recordings that celebrates three great Russian rulers, Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, and turns the spotlight on their court composers (“… it’s heart-stoppingly beautiful and draws glorious legato singing from Bartoli” – Gramophone). Echo for "Norma" Congratulations Cecilia Bartoli! The German classical music award "ECHO" named Norma as "Opera Recording of the Year – 19th-century opera". CECILA BARTOLI UNVEILS HIDDEN TREASURES OF ST PETERSBURG Sparkling Versailles launch for album of eleven world premiere recordings DECCA artists Riccardo Chailly and Leonidas Kavakos take home top prizes at Gramophone Awards 2014 Decca artists Riccardo Chailly and Leonidas Kavakos are honoured at the Gramophone Awards 2014, winning Recording of the Year and Artist of the Year respectively at the ‘Oscars’ of classical music in London. Cecilia Bartoli receives the German Echo Klassik award for Norma Cecilia Bartoli’s recording of Norma on Decca is named “Opera Recording of the Year” – “… venturesome mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is not only the recording’s star; she’s also its mother, father and guiding light” (The Times). The award will be presented in Munich on 26 October 2014. Presenting St Petersburg - Cecilia Bartoli returns with a majestic new album of world premiere recordings, hidden treasures of the Mariinsky! For the very first time Cecilia Bartoli explores the Baroque musical treasures of Tsarist Russia with music from the court of three 18th century Tsaristas: Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. With music written by Italian and German composers working for the Russian court, this album sheds new light on an incredible and momentous time for Russia, shaping its politics and culture towards the enlightened West. HOMECOMING: A SCOTTISH FANTASY Nicola Benedetti explores her Scottish roots in an album combining the traditions of classical and Scottish folk music DECCA TRIUMPHANT AT BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS American cellist Alisa Weilerstein was yesterday named winner of the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc of the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim on Decca. MORE SPECTACULAR BRAHMS FROM LEONIDAS KAVAKOS - Winning performances of the Violin Sonatas with Yuja Wang on CD and on tour The Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos teams up with star pianist Yuja Wang to display their special affinity with Brahms, recording the three Violin Sonatas for Decca. With Kavakos known for his “impeccable technique [and] sweet sound” (Daily Telegraph) and Yuja Wang described as “a prodigious talent, with an astonishing technique” (Guardian), this winning collaboration brings together two artists whose extraordinary musical rapport is heard at its finest in these life enhancing works. Valentina Lisitsa, YouTube’s most viewed pianist, turns her visionary artistry to the vibrant piano works of Michael Nyman Valentina Lisitsa’s latest album celebrates the instantly recognisable music of Michael Nyman. Chasing Pianos, released to coincide with the composer’s 70th birthday this April, is set to reinforce the Ukrainian-born pianist’s star status and massive popular appeal. Cecilia Bartoli - Latest Reviews: Premiere of “Alcina” at Zurich Opera Cecilia Bartoli’s voice continues to be capable of infinite nuances, whether in coloratura passage-work, in her tender tremulousness, heart-stopping entreaties or weary lamentations . . . GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR "MISSION" Cecilia Bartoli has just received a nomination for the most prestigious US music award, the GRAMMY®, in the category "Best Classical Vocal Solo". RICCARDO CHAILLY NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF LA SCALA
A return to the house where he made his conducting debut
Riccardo Chailly has been named the new musical director of La Scala, Milan. He becomes principal conductor in 2015, taking over the musical directorship in 2017. His appointment marks the return of an Italian at the head of the country’s premier opera house, in succession to Daniel Barenboim.
Norma scoops Gold Award Cecila Bartoli has been honoured at the 49th Record Academy Awards in Japan with a Gold Award for Norma. Accepting the Award, Cecilia said: “I feel very honored and proud to receive the Record Academy Award from Japan which also intensifies my relationship with the Japanese public whom I am looking forward to meeting again very soon. I am extremely happy to have been awarded the 2013 Record Academy Award for our recent Norma recording. To me, an important prize of this kind means not only an acknowledgement of my work as a performer and researcher but also an award bestowed upon Vincenzo Bellini’s masterpiece: together with conductor Giovanni Antonini, the other soloists and the Orchestra La Scintilla playing on period instruments, we have tried to reveal Norma’s authentic pre-Romantic roots and restore it as Bellini originally intended.” DECCA SWEEPS THE BOARD AT CLASSIC BRIT AWARDS - Winner in four out of six categories – plus a lifetime achievement honour for Pavarotti Decca albums were honoured in a night of triumph at the Classic Brit Awards, held last night [2 Oct] at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Decca Classics Scoop Coveted Gramophone Award Internationally regarded as the Oscars of the Classical Music World, the 2013 Gramophone Awards were announced last night during a ceremony held at LSO St Luke’s in London. The “Label of the Year” Award was collected by Decca Managing Director Paul Moseley ... Decca artists receive ECHO Klassik Awards This year - celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ECHO Klassik Award - the following Decca artists have been honoured: Cecilia Bartoli, Jonas Kaufmann, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen and Julia Lezhneva.
Cecilia Bartoli´s exploration of the music of Steffani continues on from her best-selling recording ‘Mission’ with an album of the celebrated ‘Stabat Mater’ Steffani's 'Stabat Mater' is his masterpiece, completed shortly before he died in 1728. It has been described as the most powerful expression of his religious fervour and, at almost half an hour, the largest-scale, most complex and heartfelt of his compositions outside his operas. Cecilia Bartoli leads an array of internationally celebrated singers including countertenor Franco Fagioli, the bass Salvo Vitale and the two young German tenors Daniel Behle and Julian Prégardien. Diego Fasolis conducts the authentic instrument forces of I Barocchisti and the chorus of RSI Lugano. Decca Congratulates Renée Fleming On National Medal of Arts Presented By Barack Obama President Barack Obama has presented soprano Renée Fleming with the 2012 National Medal of Arts “for her contributions to American music.” Among those who also received honours in the East Room of the White House, in the presence of the First Lady, were filmmaker George Lucas, comedy actress Elaine May and jazz legend Allen Toussaint. It is the highest honour for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people in USA FROM TOWNSHIP TO OPERA HOUSE South African Soprano, PUMEZA MATSHIKIZA, Signs Global Record Contract with Decca Classics/Universal Music A singer who grew up in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, and discovered classical music, today signs a record deal with Decca, home to the biggest opera star in the world, the late Luciano Pavarotti.

Pumeza Matshikiza has already been described by the UK’s leading critics as “poised for operatic stardom” and “one of opera's most exciting new voices" . But having been told she had no future as an opera singer in South Africa, she almost became a quantity surveyor.
Martynas Magical Martynas has been very busy these last few weeks! After a special guest appearance at David Garrett's huge concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin, the star accordionist was out in the sun at Hampton Court Palace Festival last weekend! To top it off, Martynas is performing at Classic FM Live! Daniel Barenboim Maestro Barenboim's close association with Decca continues with the release of a landmark album of works by Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt, taken from the 2009 Prom. The concert marked the orchestra's tenth anniversary in fine style. It also projected the virtuosity and musicianship of its members and the life-enhancing power generated by an ensemble of young players from one of the world's most troubled regions. “Norma” at Salzburg Whitsun 2013 Cecilia Bartoli received fantastic reviews for Norma performed during the Salzburg Whitsun Festival:

“… a triumph …” (The New York Times, 21 May 2013)

“Salzburg Whitsun is Cecilia Bartoli’s festival now” (International Herald Tribune, 21 May 2013)

THE ARTS CLUB CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARD 2013 IN ASSOCIATION WITH DECCA RECORDS On Sunday 19th May, The Arts Club hosted the semi-final stage of their inaugural Classical Music Award in collaboration with Decca Records.

The four talented semi-finalists who won a place in the final (held on 2nd June at The Arts Club, London) are Bartholomew LaFollette (cello), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Viviana Lasaracina (piano) and Rebeca Omordia (piano). During the final, candidates will be judged upon technique, individualism, musicality, interpretation, communication and overall performance.
DECCA SCOOPS TRIPLE WIN AT OPERA “OSCARS” Leading tenor Jonas Kaufmann has scooped two prizes at the inaugural International Opera Awards, being named “Best Male Singer” and also netting the Readers’ Award, voted for by readers of Opera magazine. The award for “Complete Opera CD of the Year” went to Decca’s recording of Handel’s Alessandro. Cecilia Bartoli - Coming soon: "Norma" n this complete studio recording of a newly prepared critical edition - the first on period instruments - Giovanni Antonini and Cecilia Bartoli reveal Norma’s authentic pre-Romantic roots and return to Bellini’s original conception. The role of Norma was written for Giuditta Pasta, who sang what today’s listeners would consider to be mezzo-soprano roles, while Adalgisa was conceived for a light, silvery soprano. With Cecilia Bartoli and Sumi Jo heard here for the first time on record together, this iconic opera has been restored as Bellini originally intended. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons is the iTunes Classical Essentials highlight of the week! Janine Jansen's bestselling recording of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" is the iTunes Classical Essentials highlight on iTunes stores globally this week. This recording has been Mastered for iTunes directly from the original recording source master for optimum sound quality. Alisa Weilerstein received 5* reviews Decca Classics cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been receiving fantastic reviews across the board in Europe since her recent Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos release, under Maestro Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Renée Fleming receives Grammy® The 55th annual Grammy® awards ceremony, held in Los Angeles on February 10 and telecast internationally, honored Renée Fleming´s album Poèmes. Recorded with Alan Gilbert and Seiji Ozawa conducting the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the album was named “Best Classical Vocal Solo” recording. Nicola Benedetti Receives MBE in the New Year Honours List 2013 Decca artist Nicola Benedetti has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours. The 25-year-old Scottish violinist, who reached a massive global television audience as soloist at the 2012 BBC Last Night of the Proms, received the award for Services to Music and Charity. "Mission" is now available on DVD A stunning visual companion to Cecilia Bartoli's sensational new audio project, Mission showcases the world's best-selling classical artist in the spectacular vocal music of Agostino Steffani. Benjamin Grosvenor's ... remarkable prize-winning year continues with Diapason d'or for "Best Revelation of the Year"! Iconic American Composer, Elliott Carter, Dies at the Age of 103 Elliott Carter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has died at the age of 103. He passed away at his apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village on Monday 5 November a little over two months after completing his final work. The international release on 14 January 2013 of his Cello Concerto on the Decca label, performed by Alisa Weilerstein, the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim, will be dedicated to his memory. 21st October 2012 marks Sir Georg Solti's 100th centenary Decca celebrates with 9 Major Releases Sir Georg was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years. In 1947 he signed his first contract with Decca as a pianist and that same year he made his first record as a conductor (with the Zürich Tonhalle in Beethoven's Egmont Overture). Decca Classics celebrates the centenary with 9 Major Releases. Cecilia Bartoli Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational release from the world's best-selling classical artist Cecilia Bartoli and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart. Benjamin Grosvenor Wins Award For Exceptional Young Talent On 8 June 2012, brilliant young British pianist – and Decca Classics recording artist – Benjamin Grosvenor was announced as winner of the UK Critics’ Circle’s Award for “Exceptional Young Talent” in the instrumental category. Full details here: “Massive Baroque” Seven-choir Masterpiece Restored Following their recording of Striggio’s „Mass in 40 Parts“ from 1566, which racked up an astounding array of critical and commercial plaudits Robert Hollingworth now takes his maverick ensemble „I Fagiolini“ on a new journey unearthing incredible lost works from the late Renaissance and early Baroque: „1612“ Decca Classics Signs Exclusive Solo Recording Contract With Leonidas Kavakos This week Decca announced that they have signed an exclusive contract with one of the world’s finest violinists, Leonidas Kavakos. Firmly established as an artist of quite exceptional quality, Kavakos is known at the highest level for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and the integrity of his playing. Andreas Scholl Wins BBC Music Magazine Award For Best Vocal Album Decca countertenor Andreas Scholl has won the vocal category of the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012, for his Decca album O Solitude. Jorge Luis Prats reappears in the international scene and releases his debut album for Decca Classics When a pianist in his mid-fifties makes his Decca debut release, you can be sure that there is a story attached. Prats was a prodigiously talented young pianist in the early 1970s, but the young Cuban had then to decide whether to leave his native country and young family for an international career abroad - and naturally chose to stay with his family. Only recently did he return to the international stage, giving key recitals in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2008. Decca’s debut CD with Jorge Luis is the live recital he gave in the Sala Mozart, in the new arts centre in Zaragoza. Renée Fleming wins top French music prize A prestigious new “victory” for “The People’s Diva”. At Monday evening’s presentation in Paris of the 2012 Victoires de la Musique Classique, Decca Classics superstar Renée Fleming was awarded the Victoire d’honneur. In bestowing the prize on the American soprano, the jury referred to her “incomparable talent”, “limitless repertoire” and “acclaim on every major international opera stage”