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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Countess Madeleine)
Eberhard Wächter (Count)
Nicolai Gedda (Flamand)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Olivier)
Hans Hotter (La Roche)
Christa Ludwig (Clairon)
Anna Moffo (Italian Singer)

Philharmonia Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, 2 - 7, 9 and 11 September, 1957 and 28 March, 1958


Capriccio is universally recognised as one of the composer’s greatest and most subtle works.

The legendary record producer Walter Legge produced this landmark recording in London’s Kingsway Hall during 1957 and 1958, with his wife Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Countess.

She is accompanied by some of the finest singers of the day, including Eberhard Wächter, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, and Hans Hotter, who had created the rôle of Olivier at the première.

So great are its musical merits that this mono recording has subsequently come to be recognised as a masterpiece in its own right.

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