Label news: Decca signs first conductor in 40 years

Label news: Decca signs first conductor in 40 years


norman lebrecht

March 31, 2021

The last maestro to sign to Decca was Riccardo Chailly in 1980.

The label has just added another – the hyperactive Finn Klaus Mäkelä, 25, principal conductor in Oslo and Paris, and jumper-in all over the place.

His debut recording will be a Sibelius symphonic cycle from Oslo.



  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    Good choice. Normally when you enter in the Decca house it’s for all your career.

  • NeedmoreSibcycles96 says:

    With all due respect, couldn’t they (Decca & HarrisonParrott) have waited for him to mature a bit and later record something with a significance?

    On the other hand, I wonder who is making money with recordings anywhere any more…

  • The View from America says:

    Oh, joy — another Sibelius symphony cycle.

  • Jean says:

    Congrats to Klaus!

  • Edgar says:

    Great news! I look forward to the Sibelius cycle. If Klaus’ debut with Sibelius 1 in Amsterdam a few months ago, and, recently, the performance of the same symphony in Oslo are any indication, I think it is fair to say we can expect something extraordinary.

  • Douglas says:

    Oh dearie me! Yet another young conductor on Sibelius, cf. Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Much as I love Sibelius, this hardly gets the pulse quickening.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I’m hoping that this team will have the good sense to record Sibelius’ legends and tone poems, as well as the symphonies. I actually find them more interesting.

    • Douglas says:

      The first movement (L. and the maidens of the island) of the Lemminkäinen suite is one of my favourites – we may be talking “one of the eight Desert Island Discs”. Pohjola’s Daughter is another great (I first got to know it on a cassette tape which had no indication of which piece I was listening to and I thought it was Finlandia, with the desolate opening.). As for Tapiola – no thanks! Oooooh, controversial…

    • KANANPOIKA says:

      Point well taken…

  • Paul Brown says:

    What is Decca?

  • microview says:

    As for Tapiola – no thanks!

    Then you’ve never heard the van Beinum Decca recording!

    • Douglas says:

      I’m afraid it’s nothing to do with performance, it’s the tedious thematic material! (If indeed your suggestion refers to my comment below.)

  • Zandonai says:

    who wants to hear some upstart millennial kid’s interpretation of a deep symphonic cycle?