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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - A Self Portrait

Schwarzkopf,Elisabeth
Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 77831  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Number of Discs: 1 
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ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF A Self-Portrait/L'album-souvenir Spoken documentary in English & German Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Subtitles in English, French, German & Spanish ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF A Self-Portrait/L'album-souvenir Spoken documentary in English & German Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Subtitles in English, French, German & Spanish Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A "must have" DVD for Schwarzkopf Fans. April 1, 2013 By Patricia Armstrong-Grant (Melbourne, Victoria) See All My Reviews "If you are interested in Elisabeth Schwarzkopf then this DVD is a “must have”. Filmed in 1995 at the age of eighty the diva looks back over her career; she died in August 2008 aged ninety one. I have read many books about this diva and listened to her recordings over many years but I learnt more about her in 57 minutes from viewing this DVD. What struck me most was her deep, very Germanic, speaking voice. She spoke very quickly at times and it was difficult to catch what she said. There is a glimpse of her giving a masterclass; as expected she was tough but fair. Her comments on singing lieder were what I had always suspected; if you are not of German descent then you are “behind the eight ball”. Schwarzkopf comments “You must not only speak German, but act German and think German.” I have always considered Schwarzkopf to be an “average” soprano as, in my opinion, she often emits a shriek when she is short of breath at the end of a phrase; this DVD emphasises this, also her often high breathing. Walter Legge is reputed to have been “a pig of a man” and to have treated his wife poorly. This is portrayed in an interview on the topic of where they met. Schwarzkopf says “Yes, it was at café Mozart next to the opera house.” Legge rudely interrupts, “It was across the road”. She refuses to be photographed in her later years saying to the interviewer, “You no longer expect me to sing for you so why do you expect to photograph me”. Like most divas - conceited, apparently sure of themselves but totally insecure. Ah, Elisabeth but nobody can and probably never will sing “Vienna City of my Dreams” as well as you. Dr. Patricia J Armstrong-Grant, Melbourne, Australia." Report Abuse
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