DECCA SOUND / THE ANALOGUE YEARS 1969 - 1980

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DECCA SOUND
THE ANALOGUE YEARS 1969 - 1980

Int. Release 07 Oct. 2013
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Track List

EL 1: Bloch: Schelomo; A Voice In the Wilderness

Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)
1.
0:00
21:52

János Starker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 1:05:27

EL 2: Dvorak: The Water Goblin; My Home; The Noonday Witch; The Hussite

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész

Total Playing Time: 1:23:20

EL 3: Scriabin: Prometheus; Piano Concerto

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20

Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Ambrosian Singers, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Total Playing Time: 1:06:13

EL 4: Holst: The Planets

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
The Planets, Op.32

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 "Organ Symphony"

Anita Priest, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 1:23:37

EL 5: Offenbach: Le Papillon

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Le Papillon

Prelude and Act 1

Act 2

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

John Georgiadis, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
Le Cid

Act 2: Ballet Music

12.
0:00
2:53

14.
0:00
1:13

15.
0:00
3:14

The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Total Playing Time: 1:14:28

EL 6: Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
12 Etudes, Op.10

12 Etudes, Op.25

15.
0:00
1:52

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 1:02:57

EL 7: Walton & Stravinsky Violin Concertos

William Walton (1902 - 1983)
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra

3.
0:00
12:46

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Violin Concerto in D

Kyung Wha Chung, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Total Playing Time: 52:32

EL 8: Schumann: Scenes From Goethe's Faust

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Erste Abteilung (Part One)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elizabeth Harwood, John Shirley-Quirk, Meriel Dickinson, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Elizabeth Harwood, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

John Shirley-Quirk, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Zweite Abteilung (Part Two)

Peter Pears, Jenny Hill, Margaret Cable, John Elwes, Neil Jenkins, John Noble, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Jennifer Vyvyan, Felicity Palmer, Meriel Dickinson, Pauline Stevens, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jennifer Vyvyan, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

John Shirley-Quirk, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

John Shirley-Quirk, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Total Playing Time: 1:12:44

EL 9: Schumann: Scenes From Goethe's Faust

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' für Solostimmen, Chor und Orchester

Dritte Abteilung (Part Three)

Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Peter Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Robert Lloyd, John Shirley-Quirk, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Jennifer Vyvyan, Wandsworth School Boys Choir, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Felicity Palmer, Meriel Dickinson, Pauline Stevens, Elizabeth Harwood, Alfreda Hodgson, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Elisabeth Harrison, Felicity Palmer, Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Aldeburgh Festival Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550

London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Total Playing Time: 1:11:20

EL 10: Haydn: Symphonies Nos.94, 100 & 104

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.94 in G Major, Hob.I:94 - "Surprise"

Symphony No.100 in G Major, Hob.I:100 - "Military"

Symphony No.104 in D Major, Hob.I:104 - "London"

Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Doráti

Total Playing Time: 1:14:51

EL 11: Schumann & Grieg Piano Concertos

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Radu Lupu, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Total Playing Time: 1:01:14

EL 12: Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Le Sacre du Printemps

Part 1: L'Adoration de la Terre

Part 2: Le Sacrifice

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Boléro

Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951)
Variations, Op.31

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:06:02

EL 13: Schubert: Rosamunde

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Rosamunde, D.797 (Incidental music to Helmina von Chézy's Play)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Rohangiz Yachmi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Münchinger

Total Playing Time: 1:15:07

EL 14: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.8 & 15

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor, Op.144

1.
0:00
11:44

String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110

10.
0:00
5:24

11.
0:00
3:44

String Quartet No.9 in E flat major, Op.117

13.
0:00
4:38

15.
0:00
3:36

16.
0:00
10:56

Fitzwilliam Quartet

Total Playing Time: 1:23:05

EL 15: Concertos From Spain - Surinach & Montsalvatge

Carlos Surinach (1915 - 1997)
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra

Xavier Montsalvatge (1912 - 2002)
Concerto Breve for Piano & Orchestra

6.
0:00
7:40

Alicia de Larrocha, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
César Franck (1822 - 1890)
Alicia de Larrocha, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

Total Playing Time: 1:20:12

EL 16: Wolf-Ferrari: Il Segreto di Susanna

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 - 1948)
Il segreto di Susanna

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Bernd Weikl, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Bernd Weikl, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Bernd Weikl, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Bernd Weikl, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Maria Chiara, Bernd Weikl, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lamberto Gardelli

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Aida

Act 1

I Masnadieri

Act 2

I vespri siciliani

Act 5

Maria Chiara, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Nello Santi

Otello

Act 4

Maria Chiara, Rosanne Creffield, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Nello Santi

Total Playing Time: 1:19:00

EL 17: Bernstein: Overture "Candide"; Gershwin: An American In Paris; Copland: Appalachian Spring

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
Appalachian Spring

1945 Suite

Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)
Gregory Peck, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

William Kraft (1923 - )
Contextures

13.
3.
0:00
2:51

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

Total Playing Time: 1:16:58

EL 18: Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Manfred Symphony, Op.58

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Boris Belkin, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Total Playing Time: 1:03:33

EL 19: Franck: Sonata For Violin & Piano; Debussy: Sonata For Violin & Piano

César Franck (1822 - 1890)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano, L.140

Kyung Wha Chung, Radu Lupu

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Sonata For Flute, Viola And Harp, L. 137

11.
0:00
4:25

Melos Ensemble

Total Playing Time: 1:06:35

EL 20: Prokofiev: Symphony No.5

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100

3.
0:00
12:48

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Total Playing Time: 1:16:49

EL 21: Bartók: Suite No.1; Two Pictures

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
Suite No.1 (Op.3), Sz31

2 Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

George Enescu (1881 - 1955)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Total Playing Time: 1:06:26

EL 22: Prokofiev: Symphony No.2; The Love For Three Oranges Suite

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Symphony No.2 in D minor, Op.40

The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite, Op.33 bis

Scythian Suite, Op.20 - "Ala and Lolly"

11.
0:00
7:45

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Walter Weller

Total Playing Time: 1:15:30

EL 23: Sibelius: Pelléas Et Mélisande; The Tempest

Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music to Maeterlinck's play, Op.46 (1905)

The Tempest - First Suite, Op.109, No.2

15.
0:00
1:27

16.
0:00
1:39

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Total Playing Time: 1:22:07

EL 24: Debussy: Préludes Book 1; Children's Corner

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Préludes - Book 1, L. 117

Children's Corner, L. 113

Pascal Rogé

Total Playing Time: 1:08:44

EL 25: Shostakovich: Symphony No.4

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Symphony No.4 in C minor, Op.43

2.
0:00
12:32

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Total Playing Time: 1:07:36

EL 26: Bruckner: Symphony No.6

Anton Bruckner (1824 - 1896)
Symphony No.6 in A major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Total Playing Time: 1:01:09

EL 27: Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Piano Concerto No.1 in D, Op.17

Pascal Rogé, Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Total Playing Time: 1:17:33

. . . 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 Bohème" 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.