Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

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LABELS: EMI Great Recordings of the Century
WORKS: Der Rosenkavalier
PERFORMER: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Edelmann, Christa Ludwig, Eberhard Wächter, Teresa Stich-Randall; Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Herbert von Karajan
CATALOGUE NO: CMS 5 67605 2 ADD Reissue (1956)
Schwarzkopf’s rapturously tragic Marschallin may be the star of Karajan’s intensely emotional 1956 recording, but with Christa Ludwig’s fervent Octavian, Teresa Stich-Randall’s refulgent Sophie and singers of the calibre of Ljuba Welitsch as Marianne and Nicolai Gedda as the Italian tenor, this is luxurious in every sense. Claire Wrathall