|Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Schwarzkopf, Karajan|
Label: EMISP Catalog: 5099996682425 Format: CD
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Stich-Randall, Otto Edelmann, Eberhard Wachter / Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
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