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Christa Ludwig: Live Recordings, 1955-1994
     

Christa Ludwig: Live Recordings, 1955-1994

by Christa Ludwig
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Orfeo
UPC:
4011790758329
catalogNumber:
758083
Rank:
215003

Tracks

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  2. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Seien wir wieder gut
  3. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Ach sieh doch nur, Schwester
  4. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Grausames Schicksal!
  5. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Schwankend nah'ich
  6. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 2. Passeggiamo anche noi - il core vi dono
  7. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Act 2. Finale. Liebste! - Ramiro, verzeiht mir - M
  8. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Act 1. Abscheulicher! - Komm, Hoffnung, lass den l
  9. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Geliebter, komm! - Wie hätt' ich das erworben
  10. Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7: Act 3. Und ist kein betrug in seinem Munde erfunde
  11. Wozzeck, opera, Op. 7: Act 3. Dort links geht's in die Staadt
  12. Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), opera, Op. 65 (TrV 234): Act 3. Schwiegt doch, ihr Stimmen! - Mir anvertrau
  13. Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Ich fürchte, Frau Gräfin, Sie werden nach dieser E
  14. Palestrina, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Schönste, ungnäd'ge Dame
  15. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!
  16. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Elsa! - Wer ruft? - Entweihte Götter!
  17. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita - Qua
  18. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. Près des remparts de Séville
  19. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 1. Da geht er hin, der aufgeblas'ne, schlechte
  20. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act 2. Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
  21. Macbeth, opera: Act 1. Nel dì della vittoria - Ambizioso spirto tu
  22. Macbeth, opera: Act 2. Perché misfuggi - La luce langue
  23. Macbeth, opera: Act 4. Una macchia... è qui tutt'ora!
  24. Der Besuch der alten Dame, opera: Act 1. Das Herz mit deinem und meinem Namen
  25. Luisa Miller, opera: Act 1. (È d'uopo al suo cuor generoso fidarsi appi
  26. Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a: Act 4. Pardonne, lopas - O pudeur!
  27. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Weiche, Wotan! Weiche! Flieh des Ringes Fluch!
  28. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Act 2. Schweigt doch endlich
  29. Falstaff, opera: Act 2. Reverenza! - Buon giorno, buona donna
  30. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88: Act 1. Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère Pelléas
  31. Elektra, opera, Op. 58 (TrV 223): Was willstu du? Seht doch, dort! - O Götter, warum

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