Christa Ludwig: Live Recordings, 1955-1994

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
When Christa Ludwig retired from singing in 1994, the world lost one of its greatest mezzo-sopranos and the Wiener Staatsoper lost one of its greatest singing actresses. The combination of her warm, creamy voice with its lush lower register and her strong, subtle characterizations that found the heart of every role she undertook allowed Ludwig to create some of the most musically impressive and dramatically moving performances in the postwar history of Viennese opera. This three-disc Orfeo set contains 23 of those roles for the Staatsoper recorded between 1957 and 1994 ranging from a delectable Dorabella and a saucy Carmen to a heroic Leonore and a demonic Lady Macbeth. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
When Christa Ludwig retired from singing in 1994, the world lost one of its greatest mezzo-sopranos and the Wiener Staatsoper lost one of its greatest singing actresses. The combination of her warm, creamy voice with its lush lower register and her strong, subtle characterizations that found the heart of every role she undertook allowed Ludwig to create some of the most musically impressive and dramatically moving performances in the postwar history of Viennese opera. This three-disc Orfeo set contains 23 of those roles for the Staatsoper recorded between 1957 and 1994 ranging from a delectable Dorabella and a saucy Carmen to a heroic Leonore and a demonic Lady Macbeth. It also includes a wonderful pairing of her noble 1968 Marschallin and her ardent 1971 Octavian both from "Der Rosenkavalier". Whatever the role and the language, Ludwig is a supreme singing actress, and even in these relatively brief extracts, she makes every character come alive from her imperious and sensuous Venus in Karajan's 1963 "Tannhäuser" to her impetuous and sensuous Cherubino in Böhm's 1957 "Le nozze di Figaro." Particularly treasured by Ludwig's fans will be her searing Klytämnestra from her farewell appearance in 1994. Though her voice is not quite what it had been in its prime, Ludwig's singing is still fully under control and her portrayal is still harrowing in its emotional effect. Although the later recordings have more impact, the live sound is still uniformly clear and present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Orfeo
  • EAN: 4011790758329
  • Catalog Number: 758083
  • Sales rank: 116,800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:26)
  2. 2 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Seien wir wieder gut - Richard Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:14)
  3. 3 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Ach sieh doch nur, Schwester - Walter Berry & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (5:10)
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Grausames Schicksal! - Walter Berry & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1:40)
  5. 5 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Schwankend nah'ich - Walter Berry & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7:36)
  6. 6 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 2. Passeggiamo anche noi - il core vi dono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Josef Krips (6:49)
  7. 7 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Act 2. Finale. Liebste! - Ramiro, verzeiht mir - M - Gioachino Rossini & Walter Berry (6:18)
  8. 8 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Abscheulicher! - Komm, Hoffnung, lass den l - Ludwig van Beethoven & Herbert von Karajan (7:37)
  9. 9 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Geliebter, komm! - Wie hätt' ich das erworben - Richard Wagner & Hans Beirer (15:08)
  10. 10 Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7: Act 3. Und ist kein betrug in seinem Munde erfunde - Alban Berg & Walter Berry (5:00)
  11. 11 Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7: Act 3. Dort links geht's in die Staadt - Alban Berg & Walter Berry (4:10)
  12. 12 Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), opera, Op. 65 (TrV 234): Act 3. Schwiegt doch, ihr Stimmen! - Mir anvertrau - Walter Berry & Richard Strauss (12:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Ich fürchte, Frau Gräfin, Sie werden nach dieser E - Richard Strauss & Walter Berry (4:49)
  2. 2 Palestrina, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Schönste, ungnäd'ge Dame - Hans Pfitzner & Robert Heger (7:05)
  3. 3 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach! - Walter Berry & Richard Wagner (17:40)
  4. 4 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Elsa! - Wer ruft? - Entweihte Götter! - Walter Berry & Richard Wagner (5:32)
  5. 5 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita - Qua - Georges Bizet & Vienna State Opera Chorus (5:03)
  6. 6 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. Près des remparts de Séville - Georges Bizet & James King (4:15)
  7. 7 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 1. Da geht er hin, der aufgeblas'ne, schlechte - Richard Strauss & Leonard Bernstein (23:47)
  8. 8 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 2. Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren - Richard Strauss & Josef Krips (7:04)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Macbeth, opera: Act 1. Nel dì della vittoria - Ambizioso spirto tu - Giuseppe Verdi & Karl Bohm (5:34)
  2. 2 Macbeth, opera: Act 2. Perché misfuggi - La luce langue - Giuseppe Verdi & Karl Bohm (7:08)
  3. 3 Macbeth, opera: Act 4. Una macchia... è qui tutt'ora! - Karl Bohm & Giuseppe Verdi (6:57)
  4. 4 Der Besuch der alten Dame, opera: Act 1. Das Herz mit deinem und meinem Namen - Gottfried von Einem & Christa Ludwig (8:23)
  5. 5 Luisa Miller, opera: Act 1. (È d'uopo al suo cuor generoso fidarsi appi - Giuseppe Verdi & Franco Bonisolli (6:37)
  6. 6 Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a: Act 4. Pardonne, lopas - O pudeur! - Gerd Albrecht & Hector Berlioz (5:44)
  7. 7 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Weiche, Wotan! Weiche! Flieh des Ringes Fluch! - Richard Wagner & Brigitte Fassbaender (5:51)
  8. 8 Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Act 2. Schweigt doch endlich - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vienna State Opera Chorus (8:43)
  9. 9 Falstaff, opera: Act 2. Reverenza! - Buon giorno, buona donna - Giuseppe Verdi & Walter Berry (5:14)
  10. 10 Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: Act 1. Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère Pelléas - Claude Debussy & Claudio Abbado (8:56)
  11. 11 Elektra, opera, Op. 58 (TrV 223): Was willstu du? Seht doch, dort! - O Götter, warum - Richard Strauss & Hildegard Behrens (10:06)
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