DECCA SOUND / THE ANALOGUE YEARS 1954 - 1968

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DECCA SOUND
THE ANALOGUE YEARS 1954 - 1968

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Track List

EL 1: Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar; Glazunov: Stenka Razin

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
Symphony No.2, Op.9 "Antar"

Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936)
Mily Alexejewitsch Balakirev (1837 - 1910)
Anatole Konstantinovich Liadov (1855 - 1914)
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:12:43

EL 2: Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilčges

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
L'Enfant et les sortilčges - Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties

Premičre partie

Marie-Lise de Montmollin, Flore Wend, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Hugues Cuenod, Marie-Lise de Montmollin, Lucien Lovano, Genevieve Touraine, Pierre Mollet, Flore Wend, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Flore Wend, Adrienne Migliette, Juliette Bise, Gisele Bobillier, Motet de Genčve, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Flore Wend, Suzanne Danco, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Hugues Cuenod, Flore Wend, Pierre Mollet, Genevieve Touraine, Motet de Genčve, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Deuxičme partie

Marie-Lise de Montmollin, Flore Wend, Lucien Lovano, Adrienne Migliette, Genevieve Touraine, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Suzanne Danco, Hugues Cuenod, Flore Wend, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Flore Wend, Motet de Genčve, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Ma mčre l'oye

Suite

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:04:24

EL 3: Grieg: Peer Gynt; Piano Concerto

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Peer Gynt, Op.23

Incidental Music

London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

12.
0:00
6:05

Clifford Curzon, London Symphony Orchestra, Oivin Fjeldstad

Total Playing Time: 1:08:38

EL 4: Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; Capriccio Italien; March Slave

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
The Band Of The Grenadier Guards, London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Julius Katchen, London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:11:44

EL 5: Schubert: Great C Major Symphony

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Symphony No.9 in C, D.944 - "The Great"

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Symphony No.8 in B minor, D.759 - "Unfinished"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Josef Krips

Total Playing Time: 1:16:13

EL 6: Sibelius: Symphony No.2

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.2 in D, Op.43

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Total Playing Time: 1:21:20

EL 7: Puccini: La Bohčme

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
La Bohčme

Act 1

Ettore Bastianini, Carlo Bergonzi, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Cesare Siepi, Ettore Bastianini, Carlo Bergonzi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Renato Cesari, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Fernando Corena, Ettore Bastianini, Renato Cesari, Carlo Bergonzi, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Renato Cesari, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Act 2

Fernando Corena, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Cesare Siepi, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Renato Cesari, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Cesare Siepi, Renata Tebaldi, Renato Cesari, Ettore Bastianini, Piero de Palma, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Ettore Bastianini, Renata Tebaldi, Renato Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Carlo Bergonzi, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Ettore Bastianini, Fernando Corena, Gianna D'Angelo, Renata Tebaldi, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Gianna D'Angelo, Ettore Bastianini, Fernando Corena, Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Cesare Siepi, Renato Cesari, Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Gianna D'Angelo, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Total Playing Time: 55:45

EL 8: Puccini: La Bohčme

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
La Bohčme

Act 3

Gianna D'Angelo, Giorgio Onesti, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Renata Tebaldi, Attilio D. Orazi, Giorgio Onesti, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Ettore Bastianini, Renata Tebaldi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Renata Tebaldi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Renata Tebaldi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Renata Tebaldi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Gianna D'Angelo, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Act 4

Ettore Bastianini, Carlo Bergonzi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Ettore Bastianini, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

11.
0:00
1:46

Cesare Siepi, Ettore Bastianini, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Gianna D'Angelo, Carlo Bergonzi, Renato Cesari, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Cesare Siepi, Renato Cesari, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Renato Cesari, Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Gianna D'Angelo, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin

Total Playing Time: 55:46

EL 9: Rossini: Overtures

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
La gazza ladra

La scala di seta

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Semiramide

4.
0:00
11:11

William Tell

5.
0:00
11:35

London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64

Ruggiero Ricci, London Symphony Orchestra, Piero Gamba

Total Playing Time: 1:11:29

EL 10: Tchaikovsky: Scenes From Swan Lake

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Swan Lake, Op.20

Act 1

Act 2

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Anatole Fistoulari

Steven Staryk, Tibor de Machula, Phia Berghout, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Anatole Fistoulari

Act 3

Steven Staryk, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Anatole Fistoulari

Act 4

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Anatole Fistoulari

Charles Lecocq (1832 - 1918)
Mam'zelle Angot - ballet

Arr. Gordon Jacob

14.
0:00
2:39

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Anatole Fistoulari

Total Playing Time: 1:09:47

EL 11: Strauss: Thousand And One Nights

Josef Strauss (1827 - 1870)
Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Josef Strauss (1827 - 1870)
Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Carl Michael Ziehrer (1843 - 1922)
Johann Strauss (1804 - 1849)
Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Anton Karas, Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Josef Strauss (1827 - 1870)
Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Voices of Spring, Op.410 (Frühlingsstimmen)

Hilde Gueden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Josef Krips

Total Playing Time: 1:15:42

EL 12: Verdi: Otello

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Otello

Act 1

Tom Krause, Nello Romanato, Aldo Protti, Athos Cesarini, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Athos Cesarini, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Nello Romanato, Athos Cesarini, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tom Krause, Nello Romanato, Aldo Protti, Athos Cesarini, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Nello Romanato, Tom Krause, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Act 2

Aldo Protti, Nello Romanato, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Mario del Monaco, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Aldo Protti, Wiener Kinderchor, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Ana Raquel Satre, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time: 1:08:28

EL 13: Verdi: Otello

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Otello

Act 3

Libero Arbace, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Aldo Protti, Nello Romanato, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Fernando Corena, Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Ana Raquel Satre, Aldo Protti, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Athos Cesarini, Aldo Protti, Nello Romanato, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Ana Raquel Satre, Nello Romanato, Athos Cesarini, Fernando Corena, Aldo Protti, Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

16.
0:00
2:23

Mario del Monaco, Aldo Protti, Fernando Corena, Renata Tebaldi, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Act 4

Ana Raquel Satre, Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Ana Raquel Satre, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Ana Raquel Satre, Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Nello Romanato, Aldo Protti, Fernando Corena, Tom Krause, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mario del Monaco, Nello Romanato, Fernando Corena, Tom Krause, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time: 1:15:36

EL 14: Martin: Concerto For Seven Wind Instruments; Etudes For String Orchestra

Frank Martin (1890 - 1974)
Etudes

Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Percussion & Strings

Arthur Honegger (1892 - 1955)
Symphony No.2 for trumpet and strings

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Total Playing Time: 1:02:08

EL 15: Hérold: La Fille Mal Gardée

Ferdinand Hérold (1791 - 1833)
La fille mal gardée

Arr. Lanchbery

Act 1

Act 2

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Lanchbery

Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:06:28

EL 16: Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15

2.
0:00
16:01

Clifford Curzon, London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Piano Concerto No.27 In B Flat, K.595

Clifford Curzon, Wiener Philharmoniker, George Szell

Total Playing Time: 1:21:46

EL 17: Bruch: Scottish Fantasia; Hindemith Violin Concerto

Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)
Scottish Fantasy, Op.46

David Oistrakh, London Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein

Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)
Violin Concerto (1939)

David Oistrakh, London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hindemith

Total Playing Time: 1:01:00

EL 18: Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K.361

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita"

Serenade in C minor, K.388 "Nacht Musik"

London Wind Soloists, Jack Brymer

Total Playing Time: 1:09:03

EL 19: Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 ; Karelia Suite

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39

Karelia Suite, Op.11

Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.63

Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Total Playing Time: 1:23:05

EL 20: Music Of Kodály: Háry János Suite; Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967)
Háry János Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

3.
0:00
6:01

London Symphony Orchestra, John Leach, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, John Leach, István Kertész

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Háry János, Singspiel in 5 Scenes, Op.15

Olga Szönyi, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Olga Szönyi, John Leach, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Dances Of Galanta (Galántai táncok)

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

London Symphony Chorus, István Kertész

Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song for Orchestra, "The Peacock"

London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:14:39

EL 21: Britten: Cello Symphony; Haydn: Cello Concerto in C

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68

3.
0:00
10:34

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Cello Concerto In C, H.VIIb, No.1

Mstislav Rostropovich, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Total Playing Time: 1:00:10

EL 22: Beethoven: Symphony No.9 - "Choral"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, James King, Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

Total Playing Time: 1:08:33

EL 23: Mahler: Symphony No.2 - "Resurrection"

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection"

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

4: "Urlicht"

Helen Watts, London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

London Symphony Chorus, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:20:38

EL 24: Verdi: Requiem

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Messa da Requiem

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Marilyn Horne, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Luciano Pavarotti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Martti Talvela, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Joan Sutherland, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:23:54

EL 25: Mendelssohn: Scotch Symphony; Italian Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish"

3.
0:00
10:11

Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 - "Italian"

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time: 1:06:20

EL 26: Mendelssohn: Sextet; Borodin: Quintet

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Sextet in D, Op.110

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
Piano Quintet in C minor

Franz Adolf Berwald (1796 - 1868)
Grand Septet in B flat major

Members Of The Wiener Oktett

Total Playing Time: 1:14:14

. . . the sound of Fistoulari's highlights from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" holds up stunningly (recorded with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1961), not to mention Solti's visceral Mahler Resurrection Symphony with Heather Harper, Helen Watts and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus from 1966 . . . the clarity and presence of the two opera sets is undeniable -- and what performances! Serafin conducts "La Bohčme" with Tebaldi and Bergonzi, and Karajan conducts Tebaldi and Del Monaco in Verdi's "Otello", both tremendously exciting. There are too many highlights to list . . .

A lot of these discs sound more like SACDs than standard-issue stuff. They have huge dynamic range, tonal beauty, and a wide, deep soundstage . . . This collection contains some of the greatest conductors . . . leading some of the greatest orchestras . . . with solos from some of the greatest musicians. (Check out Kyung Wha Chung playing the Stravinsky violin concerto under André Previn and the London Symphony.) Buy this!

A superb collection that documents Decca's mastery of the recording art . . . What a treat this 54-disc CD set is from Decca Records . . . really a thrill that Decca has put together this wonderful box set . . . Of course good sound doesn't mean much without the right artists, and Decca was lucky to have conductors like Ansermet, Haitink, Dutoit, Dorati and Monteux . . . One can marvel at the Decca sound, and some of these discs sound as good as some modern SACDs . . . I totally enjoyed the Sibelius Symphony no. 1, The Verdi Requiem conducted by Solti, and a few of the Scriabin selections. Whatever Decca figured out about audio, they were certainly doing something right. There is not a bad or even average recording in the set. Equally interesting is the included large booklet, that goes into detail on Decca's recording philosophy and the equipment they used . . . It's the best deal I've seen that combines musical and audio quality . . . The Decca set is an absolute treasure. My highest recommendation.