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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 7. 1961.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. (a) Tannhaieuser: Dich, teure Halle; Allmacht'ge Jungfrau. (b) Der Freischuetz: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer; Und ob die Wolke. (c) Lohengrin: Elnsam in trueben Tagen; Euch Luften, die meln Klagen. Philharmonia Orchestra (a and b) Walter Susskind and (c) Heinz Wallberg with Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano). World Record Club. Tz 137.

Schwarzkopf is a soprano of magnificent stature. Her exquisite voice is exemplified here, in the beautiful music to which she sings. Her poignancy as the maid Elsa, in Wagner's moving hymn of praise is matched only by her faultless, spirited creation of Weber's remarkable heroine, Agathe. In all she sings with surety of character and clarity of expression (only in the extreme upper register becoming slightly hazy in her enunciation). In this, the best of the single Schwarzkopf discs available, all the fire and maturity possessive in a great voice has been resourcefully and warmly transferred to the operatic heroines—Agathe. Elsa and Elisabeth. There is a slight air of theatricality in Euch Luften, die meln Klagen, but nothing significant. Credit must go to Christa Ludwig as a fine machinating Ortrud, to the Orchestra, and to the conductors—especially Walter Susskind. as the best person in this field of work I know of.

—M.J.W.