Deutsche Grammophon’s revelatory Shellac Project unlocks historic treasures from the label’s archives. This fifth instalment includes uplifting readings by Tolstoy, great examples of bel canto and exquisite pianism from a Viennese master.
- Leo Tolstoy reflects on nature of life in readings in German, French, English and Russian
- Shellac Project time travels to St Petersburg in the age of the last Tsar to explore landmark recordings by stars of the Mariinsky Opera
- Art of bel canto comes to life in great recordings by Mattia Battistini, Titta Ruffo, John McCormack and Hermann Jadlowker
- Recordings by Austrian pianist Alfred Grünfeld, made between 1905 and 1913, evoke the lost world of Habsburg Vienna