FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Alfonso und Estrella.
Catalogue Number: 12P034
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Back in 2009, we said, of Harnoncourt's DVD of this opera, unpeformed in Schubert's lifetime and premiered by Liszt in 1854, "This is liable to be the most star-studded performance of any Schubert opera you're likely to see or hear." But we were wrong, forgetting about this 1978 recording made in East Germany, whose appearance on CD predated our Records International term by three years. 3 CDs. Libretto available on-line. Hermann Prey, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritones), Edith Mathis (soprano), Theo Adam (bass), Peter Schreier (tenor), Berlin Radio Choir, Staatskapelle Berlin; Otmar Suitner. Original 1994 Berlin Classics release.