Remembering Elizabeth Schwartzkopf

When I played with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1950’s Elizabeth Schwarzkopf came to record with us on several occasions, making a wonderful sound as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and also recording Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate – Glorious. Herbert von Karajan was conducting.
She was a very striking, handsome woman with a full figure and a lovely smile. She was married to Walter Legge the Founder and Artistic Director of the Philharmonia.
At that time she seemed to be having troubles with phlegm, as she was always clearing her throat, but once she sang she was superb.
I couldn’t believe when I read her obituary that she had recently passed away at the age of ninety.

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