Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Schwarzkopf, Jurinac, Della Casa, Edelmann, Kunz, Cuenod; Karajan. Milan, 1952
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This recording marks a historic occasion. It was the role debut of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Marschallin, her signature role. She would record it later with Karajan (also the conductor here) but this recording finds her in her prime. She is joined by singers who would go on to be Marschallins of note themselves- Lisa Della Casa and Sena Jurinac. The sound leaves a little to be desired but if you love this opera you will treasure this recording.