The Shellac Project NEW RELEASE

DG and Leo Tolstoy: the History Makers

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