R Strauss - Capriccio | Naxos - Historical 811203435

R Strauss - Capriccio

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 811203435

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st March 2010

Contents

Artists

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Eberhard Wachter
Nicolai Gedda
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Hans Hotter
Christa Ludwig
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Wolfgang Sawallisch

Works

Strauss, Richard

Capriccio, op.85

Artists

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Eberhard Wachter
Nicolai Gedda
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Hans Hotter
Christa Ludwig
Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor

Wolfgang Sawallisch

About

Capriccio is immediately recognised as one of the composer’s greatest and most subtle works. The legendary record producer Walter Legge produced this landmark recording in London’s Kingsway Hall during 1957 and 1958, with his wife Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Countess.

She is accompanied by some of the finest singers of the day, including Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, and Hans Hotter, who had created the rôle of Olivier at the première.

So great are its musical merits that this mono recording has subsequently come to be recognised as a masterpiece in its own right.

Cast:
- The Countess: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
- The Count, her Brother: Eberhard Wächter
- Flamand, a Musician: Nicolai Gedda
- Olivier, a Poet: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
- La Roche, the Theatre Director: Hans Hotter
- The Actress Clairon: Christa Ludwig

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, 2-7, 9 and 11 September, 1957 and 28 March, 1958.

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