The Christa Ludwig Edition | Deutsche Grammophon 4798707

The Christa Ludwig Edition


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4798707

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 12

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 16th February 2018



Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)


Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)


Marking the 90th birthday of Christa Ludwig on 16 March 2018, this box set celebrates her versatile and impressive mezzo-soprano through a selection of opera, oratorio and Lieder recordings, including a powerful Suzuki on Herbert von Karajan’s Madama Butterfly. From Bach to Wagner this edition reflects the broad scope of Ludwig's artistic achievements, whether Mozart with Böhm, Mahler with Karajan, Bernstein with Bernstein or Wagner with Solti.

Ludwig possessed a voice seamlessly joined across three registers, peerless diction and a first-hand knowledge of stagecraft. She has worked with a stellar line-up of conductors … Karajan, Klemperer, Bernstein, Böhm, Kempe, Solti; and her masterclasses are still events as she passes the wisdom of her long and celebrated career to a new generation of singers.

Limited edition 12-CD collection celebrating Christa Ludwig’s 90th birthday, through a selection of her legendary recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Philips of opera and sacred arias, oratorio and Lieder.

Includes recordings with the trinity of great conductors with whom she famously worked: Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.

Also includes the first international release of a witty, endearing German interview conducted by Thomas Voigt (2007) in which Ms Ludwig discusses the conductors – Bernstein and Karajan among them – with whom she collaborated over her long and successful career.

60-page booklet with a new and exclusive interview with Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly (English/German) and an English transcript of the interview with Voigt.

“No mezzo-soprano has married beauty of voice and intelligence of portrayal quite as Christa Ludwig has done in a repertoire that has embraced over 80 roles.” – Gramophone (on the occasion of Ludwig’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016)


CD 1
Johann Sebastian Bach

CD 2
Christa Ludwig & Karl Böhm

CD 3
Christa Ludwig, Karl Böhm & Herbert von Karajan (I)

CD 4
Christa Ludwig & Herbert von Karajan (II)

CD 5
Christa Ludwig & Herbert von Karajan (III)

CD 6
Christa Ludwig & Leonard Bernstein

CD 7
Richard Wagner

CD 8
Great Songs and Arias with Various Conductors

CD 9
Franz Schubert: Lieder (I)

CD 10
Franz Schubert: Lieder (II)

CD 11
Franz Schubert: Winterreise

CD 12
Robert Schumann & Hugo Wolf: Lieder

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