Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-1974
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Cat No: 2564602605
Number of Discs: 31
Release Date: 6th November 2015
ArtistsElisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
ArtistsElisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
A reigning soprano of her era, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915-2006) remains renowned for her vocal beauty and elegance and for her acute interpretative insight above all in the music of Mozart, Wolf and Strauss.
Gathering all her recorded recitals of songs and arias, this collection respects the original format of each programme conceived by Schwarzkopf and her husband, the legendary producer Walter Legge. In newly remastered sound, the sopranos art emerges in all its exquisite refinement and detail.
The 100th birthday of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, one of the reigning sopranos of the second half of the 20th century, falls on 9th December 2015. She died in 2006, but her recordings are timeless treasures of the Warner Classics catalogue. Like her close contemporary and friend, Maria Callas, Schwarzkopf is a representative of a golden era of recording, but while Callas is closely identified with Italian composers and specifically with opera, Schwarzkopf is admired above all in music of the Austro-German tradition, both opera and song.
This 31-CD deluxe box set, 'Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-1974', gathers together all the recital programmes of song, opera and operetta that Schwarzkopf recorded for EMI between 1952 and 1974 with Walter Legge who became the sopranos husband in 1953 as producer. Schwarzkopf and Legge conceived each programme with the greatest of care, and this collection respects and retains the integrity of every recital, with no recoupling or reorganisation of the tracks. In addition, the recordings have been remastered to the highest standards in 24-bit/96kHz: Schwarzkopfs art emerges in all its beauty, refinement and detail.
The collection comprises programmes of song, with both piano and orchestra, and programmes of operatic, operetta and concert arias. The emphasis is on Austro-German composers such as Mozart, Richard Strauss notably with two different versions of his sublime Vier letzte Lieder conducted by Otto Ackermann (1953) and George Szell (the 1965 studio recording, often regarded as the greatest in the catalogue), Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Wagner, Johann Strauss and Lehαr.
The recitals also showcase Schwarzkopf in arias and songs by Italian, Russian, Czech, British and Nordic composers.
CD 1 Schubert Song Recital Fischer
CD 2 Mozart: Operatic Arias Pritchard
CD 3 R Strauss: Capriccio closing scene Vier letzte Lieder Ackermann
CD 4 R Strauss: Scenes from Arabella Matačić
CD 5 A Lieder Recital Moore
CD 6 A Mozart Song Recital Gieseking
CD 7 A Recital of Duets Seefried Moore
CD 8 Walton: Scenes from Troilus and Cressida Walton
CD 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in Songs You Love Moore
CD 10 More Songs You Love aka The Christmas Album Mackerras
CD 11 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sings Operetta Ackermann
CD 12 Wolf: Goethe Lieder Moore
CD 13 Wolf: From the Italian Song Book Moore
CD 14 Wolf: Songs from the Romantic Poets Moore
CD 15 Schwarzkopf portrays Romantic Heroines Susskind Wallberg
CD 16 Favourite Scenes and Arias Rescigno Schmidt Galliera
CD 17 R Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder Five Songs with Orchestra Szell
CD 18 Mozart / R Strauss: Concert Arias and Lieder Brendel Szell
CD 19 Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn Fischer-Dieskau Szell
CD 20 Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch Fischer-Dieskau Moore
CD 2122 Brahms: Deutsche Volkslieder Fischer-Dieskau Moore
CD 2326 The Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Songbook Vols 14 Moore Parsons
CD 27 Songs I Love Parsons
CD 28 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Liederkreis Parsons
CD 29 A Hugo Wolf Recital Furtwδngler
CD 3031 Homage to Gerald Moore Fischer-Dieskau Los Angeles
CD 31 Beethoven: Fidelio excerpts Ah! perfido Karajan
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