Sunday, 6 August 2006

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

The great soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf died in Austria on Aug. 3rd. Alan Yentob, the creative director at the BBC said that her early recording of Strauss's Four Last Songs was for him a 'heart-stopper'. I could not agree more. The nuances and depths of her performance are utterly astonishing.

When she was a guest on Sue Lawley's Desert Island Disks she chose eight of her own recordings. That's class. She was also Stormin' Norman's aunt!!


hesitant hack said...

you've seen this, I presume?

But, as A just informed me, all the great ones were...!!

Miglior acque said...

Very bold! I had seen that Guardian piece. There was a letter to the IT too saying their obit glossed over her Nazi past. They're saying stuff now about Grass that they want to take back his awards! So let that be a lesson: if you want to keep your awards, don't become a member of the Nazi party. Ok.


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