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Unpublished Recordings / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63655   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartWalter GiesekingRichard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfKathleen FerrierWalter Gieseking
Conductor:  Thurston DartHerbert von KarajanAlceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schwarzkopf's singing glows with feeling and warmth throughout and phrase after phrase given a wonderful breadth as Karajan urges her on to ever greater things.

To mark her seventy-fifth birthday EMI have produced this formidable tribute to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's art. Each of these CDs is very generously filled and the transfers, with the few reservations expressed below, are well made. They provide an admirable conspectus of her extensive career of recording: the sheer breadth of the material is astonishing as is the consistency of the musical know-how shown.

The greatest interest will devolve on the disc comprising previously unissued performances. Most significant of these is the account of Strauss's
Read more Four Last Songs made at the Royal Festival Hall in 1956 at the time when Schwarzkopf and Karajan were recording Falstaff in London. Much as one admires her two studio versions, this live reading has that extra frisson of excitement. Besides, the collaboration of two such convinced Straussians was bound to create something special. Schwarzkopf's singing glows with feeling and warmth throughout and phrase after phrase given a wonderful breadth as Karajan urges her on to ever greater things. The Philharmonia strings soar hearteningly and Dennis Brain's glorious horn playing distinguishes "lm Abendrot", here placed before "September". The recording is truthful though it favours the voice. It is extraordinary that we should now have issued two live, previously unissued performances, this and the Jurinac (also EMI), with that very special quality reserved for recording in the concert hall. They are complementary and both will be wanted by all Straussians.

Schwarzkopf has always shown an emotional affinity with Bach. Though her kind of intense and vibrant singing is unfashionable today in this composer's music, I have to confess I prefer this to the boyish piping we usually hear. I have a liking for the concentration she brings to the recitative in the cantata and the flow of her singing in the arias. Tapes of the 1950 Vienna rehearsal of the B minor Mass have been in private circulation. Now we have three extracts from it available commercially, including the invaluable duets with Ferrier. The voices entwine easily. "Et in unum" in particular has a pleasing buoyancy to it, though it's a shame about the fade at the end. There are a few extraneous noises, coughs and the like, but the sound is more than adequate enough to enjoy these historic performances by two much-loved artists.

The little cycle by Gieseking is very welcome. It was recorded at the time the soprano and composer/pianist were making Mozart discs together at Abbey Road (see below). It is a welcome addition to Schwarzkopf's discography. The music shows the influence on Gieseking of the French impressionists but still speaks in an unassuming voice of its own. Both artists perform it with the charm it calls for, Schwarzkopf characterizing deftly. The little Mozart aria is delightfully done.

-- Gramophone [12/1990, reviewing a series of Schwarzkopf reissues that includes Wolf Lieder (EMI 63653), Schubert, Schumann & Strauss Lieder (EMI 63656), and Opera Arias (EMI 63657)]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thurston Dart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Language: German 
2.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Christe eleison by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live  Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
3.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Laudamus te by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live  Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
4.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Et in unum Dominum by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live  Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
5.
Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, K 383 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Language: German 
6.
Kinderlieder by Walter Gieseking
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1956 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Language: German 

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