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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf – Perfect Prima Donna
Includes works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Puccini, Wagner, Rossini.
rec. mono/stereo. ADD
EMI CLASSICS ICON 9184592 [10 CDs: 742:46]

Experience Classicsonline

This extensive 10 disc boxed set is part of EMI’s Icon line - a series of which I am becoming a very big fan. This respect and affection has increased with every new set I have become acquainted with. The present collection, like the others, includes a broad selection of songs and arias from widely dispersed dates. One can learn a good deal about post-war singers from listening to some of these albums including figures such as Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi and Franco Corelli.

The present album ranges principally across the music of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Puccini, Wagner and Rossini. Recording dates are included throughout and the album is organised with songs from the same composer being together even if the recording details are decades(!) apart. This allows for some interesting comparisons.

The discs are organised in broad categories: Mozart Lieder/Concert Arias, Mozart Opera Arias, Wolf Lieder and so on. CD 10 is a mixture of arias which would not quite fit into the other more compartmentalised selections. Most of the discs have programmes that are varied enough so that you can enjoy listening to them in one complete sitting. Alternatively there’s the opportunity to jump about to the dictates of your own choice - there are, as you can see, many tracks on each disc. I am going to discuss just the CDs I find most interesting but I believe that the strengths and criticisms I highlight are stand for all the content.

The marriage of text and music was always a particular talent of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with a special intelligence evident in her records. Having said that, I believe the balance shifted somewhat throughout her career. If we listen to CD5 there is a mixture of dates from 1950, 1951, 1954, 1956 and 1959 through 1965-1968 and as late as 1970 and 1974. Track No.1 - 'Auf Flugeln des Gesanges' Op 34 No.2 by Mendelssohn - finds Schwarzkopf at near her peak form in 1956. The words and music are allied in an ideal mix providing tonal pleasure and clarity of words; consequently their meaning is nicely communicated. Moving on through tracks 2-7 from 1974 I find the results a little disappointing. In the Schumann songs the musical line disappears altogether with the words over-emphasised. Add to this the extent that the voice is not allowed to ring out - the introvert nature of the music a factor here - and the shift from 1956 to 1974 does not seem a change for the better. The voice, or what you can hear of it, sounds in quite good fettle if a little looser and less shining than two decades years earlier; hardly surprising! The trajectory is so typical of intelligent artists as they age; somewhat over-compensating for any, sometimes slight, decline in vocal opulence. There are many examples. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Jon Vickers, as they got older, became more fussy regarding diction and phrasing. Their earlier recordings provide the more 'straightforward' rich-toned-singing. Their later recordings were more 'mannered' if sometimes providing fresh insights.

Another Schumann song from much earlier in Schwarzkopf's career - 'Auftrage' (Track 8) - from 1951, an extrovert piece, enjoys a tonal beauty greater than any of the 1974 set. I say this even making concessions for the earlier mono sound. The words seem no less clear or the interpretation less intelligent. I find the works from the early/mid 1950s the most satisfying of all with the exception of really wonderful sessions in 1970 . The rapport with Gerald Moore makes their recordings especially cherishable in all the repertoire they perform - Schumann, Brahms, Grieg Dvorák and more on this CD alone. In 'Widmung' (9 on CD5) the voice is captured in clear stereo sound and the singer is in excellent form. The diction and phrasing are perhaps more fussy than some would find ideal but I enjoy hearing the singer's tone still sounding youthful. Brahms is a composer who draws the very best from Schwarzkopf as the 1960s progress into the 1970s. Tracks 12-16 enjoy more refulgent tone than the Schumann records. The folk-song influence on 'Der Jager' brings a joyful and smiling performance and the years seem to fall away - the voice could be mistaken for 1954 (the date of Track 11) not 1970! Geoffrey Parsons is an excellent accompanist - in Track 16 really charming and flexible. The lack of texts is unfortunate but with the generous selection included it would quickly have out-grown the cardboard box. I enjoy the Grieg songs from 1968 less than those from 1970 which are incidentally from the same session as the excellent Brahms selection (Tracks 12 -16). 'Ertes Begegnen' (Track 23) is the highlight of this CD for me. Before this review becomes interminable I must move onto other discs.

CD 3 is a special joy for it showcases Schwarzkopf in Mozart opera arias from the very beginning of her career (1946-1952). Karajan is an exceptionally fine accompanist from arguably the finest period of his career: c.1946-1956. 'Matern aller Arten' is an early recording (1946) but it shows off Schwarzkopf in a role which is very demanding. Arguably she lacks the impact of delivery which made Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland's recordings so dramatic but the voice is projected with far more drama than Rothenberger or some other contemporaries. The sound is rather limited but well enough re-mastered. Schwarzkopf sounds just as idiomatic in Italian as Cherubino as Fiorenza Cossotto on the complete set with Giulini. Arguably her voice had the ideal weight for the youthful role at that point in her career. 'Porgi, amor' sounds fresher and fuller than in the complete set from around seven years later. It is a classic performance from one of her great roles; indeed she was one of the greats in the post-war generation. 'Dove sono' is beautiful if a little studio-bound compared to the stereo set. Schwarzkopf sounds at her absolute best in 'Non mi dir'. So odd to think that Callas at her biggest and the voice at its darkest and heaviest also sang this aria for Walter Legge only a year later. This shows the variety of voices that can find success in the grateful roles Mozart created for his prima donnas. A short excerpt from the 1962 Cosi fan tutte with Bohm is included on CD 10 . I might have picked from the 1954 Karajan set instead but this is really splitting hairs given the success of the recording.

CD 6 is a complete concert of Lieder from Hugo Wolf recorded live in 1953 with Wilhelm Furtwängler at the piano. A historic collaboration if ever there was one!

Among the most grateful roles for soprano voice are those of Richard Strauss's Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier - which is included in extended extracts with Karajan and Christa Ludwig - or the operetta roles essayed on CD 9. Schwarzkopf promptly steals the show in all these performances and it helps that they were all recorded in her absolute prime. The quality of conductors and colleagues must have made other sopranos of the time - or indeed most sopranos of any era! – envious indeed.

I cannot begin to cover all the variety of songs and arias here in the detail they rightly deserve - I can only wholeheartedly endorse this set and hope that as a result you may at your leisure become acquainted with it.

This is certainly a very special collection of lieder, opera and operetta from one of the great post-war sopranos.

David Bennett

Track listing

CD 1: [73.42]
1 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51 (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Arie: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen 4:12
2 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51 (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Rezitativt: Wir beten zu dem Tempel an 2:16
3 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51 (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Arie: Höchster, mache deine Güter ferner 4:26
4 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51 (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Choral: Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren 3:53
5 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", BWV 51 (1999 Digital Remaster): V. Arie: Alleluja 2:80
6 "Was mir behagt, das ist muntre Jagd", BWV 208: VIII: Rezitativ: Soll den der Pales Opfer hier das letzte sein? 0:42
7 "Was mir behagt, das ist muntre Jagd", BWV 208: IX: Arie: Schafe können sicher weiden 4:59
8 "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt" BWV 68 (1999 Digital Remaster): II: Arie: Mein gläubiges Herze 3:47
9 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: I: Rezitativ: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut 2:11
10 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: II: Arie: Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen 5:22
11 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: III: Rezitativ: Doch Gott muß mir genädig sein 1:30
12 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: IV: Arie: Tiefgebückt und voller Reue 6:06
13 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: V: Rezitativ: Auf diese Schmerzens Reu 0:16
14 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: VI: Choral: Ich, dein betrübtes Kind 1:43
15 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: VII: Ich lege mich in diese Wunden 0:49
16 "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut", BWV 199: VIII: Wie freudig ist mein Herz 2:12
Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach, II (1999 Digital Remaster)
17 Aria, BWV508: Bist du bei mir 2:55
L'Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato (pastoral ode in 3 parts) (Jennens after Milton) (1990 Digital Remaster) , Parte prima - L'allegro
18 12 . Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly 7:27
Exsultate, jubilate, K.16 5/K.15 8a (1990 Digital Remaster)
19 Exsultate, jubilate 4:32
20 Fulget amica 1:10
21 Tu virginum 8:16
22 Alleluia 2:45

CD 2: [70.47]
1 Ridente la calma, K.15 2/K.210 a (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:22
2 Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K.307/K.284d (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:21
3 Dans un bois solitaire, K.308/K.295b (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:00
4 Die Kleine Spinnerin, K.531 (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:42
5 Als Luise die Briefe, K.520 (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:57
6 Abendempfindung, K.523 (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:90
7 Das Kinderspiel, K.598 (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:46
8 Die Alte, K.517 (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:38
9 Das Traumbild, K.530 (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:34
10 Das Veilchen, K.476 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:38
11 Der Zauberer, K.472 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:30
12 Im Frühlingsanfang, K.597 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:50
13 Das Lied der Trennung, K.519 (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:39
14 Die Zufriedenheit, K.349 (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:46
15 An Chloe, K.524 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:50
16 Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling, K.596 (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:11
17 Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K.505 (2001 Digital Remaster) 11:11
18 Vado, ma dove? oh Dei! K.583 (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:22
19 Alma grande e nobil core, K.578 (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:28
20 Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, K.383 (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:55

CD 3: [79.25]
Il rè pastore, K.208 (2005 Digital Remaster)
1 L'amerò, sarò costante (Aminta, Act II) 8:32
Idomeneo, K.366 (2005 Digital Remaster)
2 Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Ilia, Act III) 5:57
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 (2005 Digital Remaster) ACT II
3 Welcher Kummer... Traurigkeit (Konstanze) 9:40
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 (2005 Digital Remaster) Act II
4 Martern aller Arten 8:49
Le Nozze di Figaro, K.492 (2005 Digital Remaster)
5 Non so più cosa con (Cherubino, Act I) 2:38
6 Porgi amor (La Comtessa, Act II) 4:14
7 Voi che sapete (Cherubino, Act II) 2:58
8 Dove sono i bei momenti (La Comtessa, Act III) 4:55
9 Giunse alfin il memento... Deh vieni, non tadar (Susanna, Act IV) 5:18
Don Giovanni, K.527 (2005 Digital Remaster)
10 Batti, batti o bel Masetto (Zerlina, Act I) 3:30
11 Vedrai carino (Zerlina, Act III) 3:32
12 In quali eccessi... Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata (Donna Elvira, Act II) 6:51
13 Crudele?... Non mi dir (Donna Anna, Act II) 7:24
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 (2005 Digital Remaster)
14 Ach, ich fühl's (Pamina, Act II) 4:26

CD 4: [74.17]
1 Die Vögel, D.691 (2004 Digital Remaster) 0:54
2 Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D.558 (2004 Digital Remaster) 1:90
3 An die Musik, D.547 (2000 Digital Remaster) 2:44
4 Im Frühling, D.882 (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:32
5 Wehmut, D.772 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:20
7 Ganymed, D.544 (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:52
7 Das Lied im Grünen, D.917 (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:34
8 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.11 8 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:29
9 Nähe des Geliebten, D.16 2 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:18
10 Die Junge Nonne, D.828 (2000 Digital Remaster) 4:52
11 An Silvia, D.891 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:70
12 Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D.774 (2000 Digital Remaster) 3:19
13 Nachtviolen, D.752 (2000 Digital Remaster) 2:52
14 Der Musensohn, D.764 (2000 Digital Remaster) 2:50
15 Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen D343 (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:36
Die Schöne Müllerin D795 (2004 Digital Remaster)
16 Ungeduld 2:54
17 Heidenröslein D257 (2004 Digital Remaster) 2:10
18 Der Jüngling an der Quelle D300 (2004 Digital Remaster) 1:52
19 Der Einsame D800 (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:31
20 Die Forelle D550 (2004 Digital Remaster) 1:59
21 Lieber Schwarmt auf allen Wegen (Claudine von Villa Bella, D239 No. 6) (2004 Digital Remaster) 1:31
22 Seligkeit D433 (2004 Digital Remaster) 2:10
23 An mein Klavier D342 (2004 Digital Remaster) 2:52
24 Erlkönig D328 (2004 Digital Remaster) 3:45

CD 5: [77.51]
7 Lieder Op. 34 (1957 Digital Remaster)
1 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (Heine) 3:10
Liederkreis Op. 39 (Eichendorff) (1974 Digital Remaster)
2 I. In der Fremde 2:70
3 II. Intermezzo 1:32
4 III. Waldesgespräch 2:28
5 IV. Die Stille 1:32
6 VIII. In der Fremde II 1:13
7 XI. Im Walde1:33
Lieder und Gesänge III Op. 77 (1952 Digital Remaster)
8 V. Aufträge (L'Egru) 2:27
Myrthen Op. 25 (1966 Digital Remaster)
9 I. Widmung (Rückert) 2:11
10 Die drei Zigeuner S320 (Lenau) (1971 Digital Remaster) 6:21
5 Lieder und Romanzen Op. 84 (1954 Digital Remaster)
11 Vergebliches Ständchen (Trad) 1:42
5 Lieder Op. 10 5 (1995 Digital Remaster)
12 II. Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer (Lingg) 4:20
13 I. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (Groth) 2:50
7 Lieder Op. 95 (1973 Digital Remaster)
14 IV. Der Jäger (Halm) 1:60
7 Lieder Op. 3 (1973 Digital Remaster)
15 I. Liebestreu (Reinick) 2:28
5 Lieder Op. 10 6 (1973 Digital Remaster)
16 I. Ständchen (Kugler) 1:40
17 Murmelndes Lüftchen Op. 21/4 (1995 Digital Remaster) 3:36
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1968 Digital Remaster)
18X. Lob des hohen Verstandes 3:12
18 Children's Songs Op. 61 (1957 Digital Remaster)
19 III. Farmyard Song (Lok) 0:47
Melodies of the Heart Op. 5 (1971 Digital Remaster)
20 III. Ich liebe dich (Andersen trans. von Holstein) 3:10
7 Songs Op. 25 (1971 Digital Remaster)
21 IV. An eine Wasserlilie (Ibsen trans. Henzen) 2:26
12 Songs Op. 33 (1971 Digital Remaster)
22 II. Letzer Frühling (Vinje trans. Lobedanz) 5:00
4 Songs Op. 21 (1973 Digital Remaster)
23 I. Erstes Begegen (Bjørnson trans. Schmidt) 2:15
7 Songs Op. 48 (1973 Digital Remaster)
24 V. Zur Rosenzeit (Goethe) 3:18
5 Songs Op. 26 (1973 Digital Remaster)
25 IV. Mit einer Primula veris (Paulsen trans. Hensen) 2:15
7 Songs Op. 48 (1973 Digital Remaster)
26 I. Lauf der Welt (Uhland) 1:43
7 Gipsy Melodies B10 4 (Op. 55) (1957 Digital Remaster)
27 IV. Songs my mother taught me 2:27
7 Songs Op. 6 (1957 Digital Remaster)
28 VI. Nut wer die Sehnsucht kennt (Mey after Goethe) 3:47
29 In den Pilzen (Mey trans. Schmidt) (1968 Digital Remaster) 1:28
12 Songs Op. 15 (Goethe)
30 III. Selbstbetrug 1:26
31 V. Aus 'Lila' (So Tanzet) 1:70

CD 6: [64.17]
Mörike Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster)
1 Im Frühling 5:56
2 Elfenlied 1:50
3 Lebewohl 2:15
4 Schlafendes Jesuskind 3:45
5 Phänomen from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:80
6 Die Spröde from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:13
7 Die Bekehrte from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:30
8 Anakreons Grab from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:20
9 Blumengruss from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:35
10 Epiphanias from Goethe Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 4:39
11 XI. Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:15
12 XXXII. Was soll der Zorn, mein Schatz (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:20
13 XII. Nein, junger Herr (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:30
14 XXV. Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich gelanden (2001 Digital Remaster) 1:13
15 Bedekt mich mit Blumen (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:14
16 Herr, was trägt der Boden hier (trans Heyse) from Spanisches Liederbuch, 'Spanish Songbook' (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:57
17 In dem Schatten meiner Locken (trans Heyse) from Spanisches Liederbuch, 'Spanish Songbook' (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:30
18 Mögen alle bösen Zungen (2001 Digital Remaster) 2:00
19 Wie glänzt der helle Mond (Keller) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:44
20 Wiegenlied im Sommer (Reineck) (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:58
21 Nachtzauber from Eichendorff Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 5:27
22 Die Zigeunerin from Eichendorff Lieder (2001 Digital Remaster) 3:27

CD 7: [77.32]
Vier letzte Lieder AV15 0 (Op. posth) (2000 Digital Remaster)
1 1. Frühling (Hesse) 3:29
2 2. September (Hesse) 4:10
3 3. Beim Schlafengehen (Hesse) 4:32
4 4. Im Abendrot (Eichendorff) 7:16
5 Morgen mittag um elf! (Gräfin) from Capriccio Op. 85 (2000 Digital Remaster) 17 :44
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster)
6 Akt 1: Ich danke, Fräulein (Arabella/Zdenka) 8:21
7 Akt 1, Finale: Mein Elemer! (Arabella/Zdenka) 7:54
8 Akt 2: Sie wollen mich heiraten (Arabella/Mandryka) 8:52
9 Akt 2: Und jetzt sag' ich adieu (Arabella/Domink/Elemer/Lamoral) 8:55
10 Akt 3, Finale: Das war sehr gut, Mandryka (Arabella/Mandryka) 6:00

CD 8: [71.36]
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster) Act One
11 Da geht er hin, der aufgeblasene schlechte Kerl (Marschallin) 5:16
12 Ach, du bist wieder da! (Marschallin/Octavian) 3:10
13 Oh, sei er gut, Quinquin (Marschallin/Octavian) 2:22
14 Die Zeit im Grunde, Quinquin (Marschallin) 2:43
15 Mein schöner Schatz (Octavian/Marschallin) 3:57
16 Quinquin, Er soll jetzt geh'n (Octavian/Marschallin) 3:59
17 Ich hab'ihn nicht einmal geküßt! (Marschallin/Lakaien) 3:48
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster) Act Three
18 Marie Theres'!...Hab'mir's gelobt (Sophie/Octavian/Marschallin) 4:47
19 Muttertändelei, Op. 43/2 (Bürger) (1997 Digital Remaster) 2:50
20 Waldseligkeit, Op. 49/1 (Dehmel) (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:14
21 1 Zueignung, Op. 10 /1 (von Gilm) (orch. Robert Heger) (1997 Digital Remaster) 1:51
22 2Freundliche Vision, Op. 48/1 (Bierbaum) (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:60
23 3Die heiligen drei Könige, Op.56/6 (Heine) (1997 Digital Remaster) 6:39
24 4Ruhe, meine Seele, Op. 27/1 (Henckell) (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:54
25 5Meinem Kinde, Op. 37/3 (Falke) (1997 Digital Remaster) 2:51
26 6Wiegenlied, Op. 41/1 (1997 Digital Remaster) 4:45
27 7Morgen, Op. 27/4 (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:46
28 8Das Bächlein, Op. 88/1 (Goethe) (1997 Digital Remaster) 2:30
29 9Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1 (Klopstock) (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:14
30 10 Winterweihe, Op. 48/4 (Henckell) (1997 Digital Remaster) 3:23

CD 9: [75.54]
Die Fledermaus (1999 Digital Remaster) Act Two
1 Dieser Anstand, so manierlich (Eisenstein/Rosalinde) 5:60
2 Klänge der Heimat (Rosalinde) 4:43
Der Zigeunerbaron (2001 Digital Remaster) , Act 1
3 So elend und so treu....O habet acht (Saffi) 5:28
Der Zigeunerbaron (2001 Digital Remaster) , Act 2
4 Wer uns getraut? (Barinkay/Saffi/Chor/Camero) 4:26
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (2000 Digital Remaster)
5 III. Rezitativ: Frau Glawari darf keinen Pariser heiraten...Bitte, meine Herr'n (Zeta/Hanna/Cascada/Herren/St.Brioche) 3:10
6 Nun laßt uns aber wie dahein...Es lebt' eine Vilja (Viljalied) ...Tanz: Mi velimo dase dase Veslimo! (Hanna/Chor) 4:51
Die lustige Witwe
7 Graf Danilo...Lippen schweigen (Act III) 3:30
Der Opernball
8 Im chambre séparée (Leon & Waldberg) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:60
Der Vogelhändler (West & Held) (1999 Digital Remaster)
9 Ich bin die Christel von der Post1:37
10 Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol (Rosenlied) 2:45
Der Zarewitsch
11 Einer wird kommen (Jenbach & Reichert) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:32
Der Graf von Luxemburg
12 Heut' noch werd' ich Ehefrau (Willner & Bodanzky) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:21
13 Hoch, Evöe, Angèle Didier (Willner & Bodznaky) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:34
14 Nonnenchor und das Lied der Laura (Nuns' Chorus and Laura's Song) (Schanzer & Welisch - arr. Benatzky) (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:00
Die Dubarry (Knepler, Welleminsky & Mackeben) (1999 Digital Remaster)
15 Ich schenk' mein Herz 3:35
16 Was ich im Leben beginne 2:29
17 Hab' ich nur deine Liebe (Zell & Génée) (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:20
Der Obersteiger
18 Sei nicht bös (West & Held) (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:20
19 Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss (Knepler & Löhner) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:80
20 Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:14

CD 10 : [77.25]
1 Der Rosenklavier op. 59 - Herrgott im Himmel! Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (2000 Digital Remaster) 11 :15
Hänsel und Gretel (2000 Digital Remaster)
2 Suse, liebe Suse - Brüderchen, komm mit mir (1 Akt) 9:24
3 Der kleine Sandmann bin ich-Abends, wil ich schlafen gehn (2 Akt) 4:44
Turandot (2000 Digital Remaster)
4 Tu, che di gel sei cinta (3 Akt) 2:52
5 Oh! mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi) (2000 Digital Remaster) 2:52
6 Wie nahte mir der Schlummer - Leise, leise, frommer Weise (Der Freischuetz 2.akt) (2000 Digital Remaster) 8:36
Tannhäuser (1988 Digital Remaster)
7 Dich, teure Halle, grüss' ich wieder (Elisabeth's Greeting) (Act II) 5:12
Lohengrin (1988 Digital Remaster)
8 Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream) (Act I) 5:58
Messa da Requiem (1997 Digital Remaster) , VII - Libera me
9 Requiem aeternam3:00
Così fan tutte (2000 Digital Remaster)
10 L'intatta fede che...5:21
Soirées musicales.
11 La regata veneziana.4:51
12 Cats' Duet (Duetto buffo di due gatti) (2003 Digital Remaster) 3:15
14 Duette Op. 78
13 Tanzlied (wds. Rückert) 2:29
Goethe Lieder
14 Mignon (Kennst du das Land) 6:49


































































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Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

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Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

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Reviews from previous months
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Reviews from previous months
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We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
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