Label news: Decca to rush-release Cliburn winners

Label news: Decca to rush-release Cliburn winners


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2017

The US wing of the British label, rebranded Decca Gold, has arranged to record all three medal winners at this year’s Van Cliburn Competition. The CDs will be out within a fortnight of the final.

In a separate development, has announced it will livestream the competition worldwide.


  • Ungeheuer says:

    Harmonia Mundi did the same for years and none succeeded saleswise

    • Anne says:

      Just because it doesn’t sell, doesn’t mean it should not be done, or, that it has or adds value to the field of music. Those two things are very different.

    • Pianofortissimo says:

      The sales can only be as good as the winners.

  • Hugh Jaarsz says:

    That means we can doubtless look forward to the issuance on this label of recordings no. 380 to 382 (or thereabouts) of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, and other hackneyed-to-death pieces.

    • Scott Colebank says:

      Your guess on Rach 3 recordings is a bit high but point taken. I have documented just over 220 recordings to have appeared on shellac, vinyl, CD, SACD or DVD, 83 of which have been issued since April of 2000.