Label news: Decca loses classical chief

We hear that managing director Alex Buhr will be leaving Decca next month.

Alex has been responsible for signing a brilliant new generation of talent – among them the soaring soprano Lise Davidsen, Jess Gillam, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Hilary Hahn and Anoushka Shankar.

Alex has been with DG and Decca for 17 years and is well liked across the industry.

Parting company with him a week before Christmas seems a bit … unfortunate.

His departure has been circulated internally. There has been no word yet from the company.

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  • I had two dealings with Alexander Buhr, one in 2014 and again in 2017. While he handled the discussions with very basic manners, my colleagues and I did not find him particularly friendly nor pleasant, at times even being rather arrogant and condescending. I have heard similar comments from one other professional colleague, so to say that he “is well liked cross the industry” may be somewhat of an exaggeration.

  • Thank you for signing someone who is good at making elevator music.
    Thank you for the high quality control that makes Bartoli’s latest album a huge hit.
    Thank you for giving us a blurry copy-and-paste libretto in remastered Solti’s Tannhauser.
    Thank you for not including PDF booklet in some of the new releases downloads for some unknown reason.
    Thank you for making Decca Classics supreme again.

  • Judging the “brilliant talents” mentioned above I can’t help but recalling a famous a phrase spoken by the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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