one of the most underrated classic labels!
The name Philips leads practical people to think of light bulbs, but music lovers’ eyes light up with a whole chandelier of lights when they think of the splendid recordings made by this Dutch company. Over many decades, the world’s greatest musicians entrusted Philips’ excellent recording teams with their recordings, which were released under the celebrated wine-red label.
In the New Year, a selection of the most beautiful recordings from the Philips catalogue will be available from Speakers Corner every two months. Among them are recordings of Liszt’s Piano Concertos by Sviatoslav Richter, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 under Eugen Jochum, and Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Sir Colin Davis. For fans of the small ensemble there is the complete recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello with Richter and Rostropovich, chamber music for strings and winds by Mozart, works ranging from Barber to Britten recorded by I Musici, and Schubert’s Trios for Violin and Cello with the unparalleled Beaux Arts Trio.
Among the works for the largest and the smallest stage productions we have the legendary Parsifal under Hans Knappertsbusch, and Igor Markevitch’s exceptional recording of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. The series commences in January with Schubert Lieder sung by the soprano Elly Ameling accompanied by Dalton Baldwin at the piano. Individual portrayals of the recordings are – as always – to be found on our regularly updated website.
An extremely interesting essay about the history of Philips Classics, written by Philips’ top recording engineer, Hans Lauterslager, can be found here: