Friday, November 15, 2013

Alfred Brendel's Island Has Daniels, Jurinac & Fischer-Dieskau

Alfred Brendel chooses his top 8 "Desert Island Discs" for the BBC. Among them are David Daniels interpreting "Al lampo dell'armi quest'alma" from Handel's Giulio Cesare, Sena Jurinac singing "Zeffiretti lusinghieri" from Mozart's Idomeneo, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing "Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht" from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Mahler. His love of vocal music may have developed from his childhood on the little Croatian Island of Kirk where his nanny taught him a number of folksongs. He also operated the phonograph of the hotel, that his parents ran, on which he played operetta records whilst he sang along. Listen to the legendary pianist discuss his choices on the radio broadcast by clicking here.

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