Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's favourite records

Alex Ross has a new My Favourite Records thread which starts with Björk's choice. So I am entering into the spirit of things by sharing the eight favourite records that Elisabeth Schwarzkopf chose when she appeared on the BBC's Desert Island Discs in July 1958. In the photo above I am talking to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in 1979 at the Royal Festival Hall. Here are her favourite records.

1. Johannes Brahms Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (from German Requiem) Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Choir: Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
2. Johann Strauss II Vienna Blood Waltz Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicolai Gedda Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Otto Ackerman
3. Richard Wagner Selig wie die Sonne (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Edelmann, Hans Hopf et al Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart An Chloe (K. 524) Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Walter Gieseking
5. Hugo Wolf Elfenlied (from Mörike Lieder) Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerald Moore
6. Giuseppe Verdi Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff) Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fedora Barbieri, Nan Merriman et al Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
7. Engelbert Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth Grümmer Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Richard Strauss
8. Der Rosenkavalier Prelude Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

In the Desert Island Discs interview Elisabeth Schwarzkopf said she did not watch very much Youtube, but nominated this as her favourite video.

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