Anna Elisabeth Söderström CBE (married name Olow; 7 May 1927 – 20 November 2009) was a Swedish soprano who performed both opera and song, and was known as a leading interpreter of the works of Janáček, Rachmaninov and Sibelius. She was particularly well known for her recordings of the lead soprano roles in the three Janáček operas Jenůfa, Káťa Kabanová, and The Makropoulos Affair, all of which received Gramophone Awards. The Gramophone critic John Warrack described her portrayal of Káťa Kabanová as "establishing by an infinity of subtle touches and discreet, sensitive singing the picture of Káta as the richest and most human character in the drama."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Förklädd gud Lars-Erik Larsson, Elisabeth Söderström, Erik Sædén, Lars Ekborg 1
1992 Elisabeth Söderström & Kerstin Meyer Elisabeth Söderström, Kerstin Meyer, Jan Eyron 1
2009 Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy; Elisabeth Söderström, George Shirley, Donald McIntyre, David Ward, Yvonne Minton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pierre Boulez 1
Symphony no. 4 / Finlandia / Luonnotar Jean Sibelius; Philharmonia Orchestra, Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Liszt / Schubert / Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninov, etc. Elisabeth Söderström 1
2004 Complete Songs Sibelius; Elisabeth Söderström, Tom Krause, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Irwin Gage, Carlos Bonell 2
2007 British Composers: Britten: War Requiem / Bliss: Morning Heroes Benjamin Britten, Sir Arthur Bliss; Elisabeth Söderström, Robert Tear, Sir Thomas Allen, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, John Westbrook, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves 1
2014 BBC Music, Volume 22, Number 12: The Great Sopranos Maria Callas, Lucia Popp, Elisabeth Söderström 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Two Pieces for String Quartet / Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok / Piano Quintet in G minor Shostakovich; Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1

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