In a message dated 12/10/2005 2:58:02 P.M. Central Standard Time,
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Mr. Waldman in his panegyric to Frau Dame Schwarzkopf makes the incredible
statement that she was a supreme interpreter of Mahler. I wonder whether he
has heard her Mahler. They are the ugliest and most repulsive distortions of
the lieder of a great composer that can be imagined.
Fascinating. Just the other day, I was driving around Chicago and WFMT
played her recording of "Wo die schoenen Trompeten blasen," sung in duet form
with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and George Szell conducting. I was completely
transfixed and delayed arriving at my destination until the performance was
complete. She and the two gentlemen seemed to be of one mind about the piece and
all concerned captured and sustained an aura of rapt wonder that was
mesmerizing. Truly wonderful musicianship and artistry.
For the record, I run hot and cold over La Schwarzkopf. There are times
when the silvery tone in combination with the intermittently witty, charming
delivery are devastating. Other times, the mannerisms and "under sung" approach
are unbearable. However, at her best, she is irresistible. For starters,
try her opening number in the complete LAND OF SMILES recording. To
paraphrase Blanche du Bois, she made enchantment:)
P.S. Can anyone shed some light on this duet version of the KNABEN
WUNDERHORN song? I've only heard it done as a solo.
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