Compilation: Astrid Varnay 1947 - 1975 - Arias and exceprts from Elektra, Götterdämmerung, and more!


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Astrid Varnay had one of the most colorful careers of any soprano (and later mezzo) of the 20th Century, from her sudden debut at the age of 23 in Die Walküre in 1941 to her final performance in 1995. This recording provides glimpses from nearly thirty years of her career, from a stunning Immolation scene that she sang with Erich Kleiber in 1947 to her terrifyingly grotesque, yet sympathetic Klytämnestra in 1975.  I am doubly pleased to make this retrospective available as she left very few studio recordings.  This compilation features arias and scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana, Tiefland, Jeunfa, Elektra, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung

OD 10565-1