Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 10 years later
On the 3rd of August 2006, one of the greatest voices of the 20th century fell silent.
To say that she was one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century would be an understatement. Her exemplary diction and impressive musical genius helped bring out the poetry of what she was singing, and 10 years ago, to the day, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf died, aged 90, at her house in Schruns, Austria.
Here's a tribute to her in images and, of course, sound. Filmed by the BBC in the 60s at a recital alongside Gerald Moore on the piano, Schwarzkopf here is singing Einem Bach der fließt by Gluck :
An extract from the final three from Chevalier à la rose by Strauss directed in 1962 by Karajan with Sena Jurinac and Anneliese Rothenberger :
Finally, an extract from an Edinburgh-based masterclass at the festival in 1980 Brian Bannatyne-Scott on Mozart :
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