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What is Sarah Traubel listening to during lockdown? / GRAMOPHONE

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What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …

Soprano Sarah Traubel is the grand-niece of Helen Traubel, the famous Metropolitan Opera (and Hollywood) star soprano of the 1940s and 1950s. She holds a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her latest release is 'Arias for Josepha - Mozart's First Queen of the Night', is now available digitally from Sony Classical.

Sarah Traubel's pick is Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Soloists; Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Wolfgang Sawallisch (Warner Classics)

she writes.....Wagner has always been with me, and not just because of my great-aunt and leading Wagnerian, Helen Traubel. My opera for these times of isolation would be his Meistersinger, his funniest and most humane work. If I had only one role to sing for the rest of my days, it would be Eva. The closing quintet offers some of the most beautiful yet devilishly difficult music ever written for the human voice. In this recording by Wolfgang Sawallisch, the conductor leads a legendary cast which includes Bernd Weikl as a Sachs of warmth and wisdom and Siegfried Lorenz as a Beckmesser, who for once is not a contorted fool but a real singer. Most importantly, Cheryl Studer's Eva with her amazing 'O Sachs! Mein Freund!' totally gets me every single time.

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