Christa Ludwig - Vienna State Opera | Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or C758083

Christa Ludwig - Vienna State Opera

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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or

Cat No: C758083

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th April 2008

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?

Berg, Alban

Wozzeck
» Dort links geht's in die Stadt

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Pardonne, Iopas...O pudeur! Tout conspire

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Habanera 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle' (Love is a rebellious bird) (Act 1)

Debussy, Claude

Pelleas et Melisande
» Voici ce qu'il ecrit a son frere (Act 1)

Einem, Gottfried von

Das Herz mit deinem und meinem Namen

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Cosi fan tutte, K588
» Ah guarda sorella
» Il core vidono
» Sento, o Dio
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu cosa son, cosa facio

Pfitzner, Hans

Palestrina
» Schonste ungnad'ge Dame

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Nacqui all' affanno ...Non piu mesta

Strauss, Richard

Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
» Sein wir wieder gut
Capriccio, op.85
» Ich furchte, Frau Grafin Sie werden nach dieser Einfuhrung
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Ach, du bist wieder da!
» Da geht er hin
» Die Zeit, die ist ein Sonderbar Ding
» Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
Elektra, op.58
» Was willst du? Seht doch dort!

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), op.68
» Countess's Scene

Verdi, Giuseppe

Falstaff
» Reverenza...Buon giorno, buona donna
Luisa Miller
» Duchessa, Duchessa tu m'appelli!
Macbeth
» La luce langue (Act 2)
» Nel di della vittoria ...Ambizioso spirto ...Vieni t'affretta! ...Or tutti sorgete (Act 1)
» Una macchia e qui tuttora (Act 4)

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold
» Weiche, Wotan, weiche!
Lohengrin
» Elsa!... Wer ruft?
» Entweihte Gotter (Act 2)
» Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!
Tannhauser
» Geliebter, komm!

Artists

Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?

Berg, Alban

Wozzeck
» Dort links geht's in die Stadt

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Pardonne, Iopas...O pudeur! Tout conspire

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Habanera 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle' (Love is a rebellious bird) (Act 1)

Debussy, Claude

Pelleas et Melisande
» Voici ce qu'il ecrit a son frere (Act 1)

Einem, Gottfried von

Das Herz mit deinem und meinem Namen

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Cosi fan tutte, K588
» Ah guarda sorella
» Il core vidono
» Sento, o Dio
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Non so piu cosa son, cosa facio

Pfitzner, Hans

Palestrina
» Schonste ungnad'ge Dame

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Nacqui all' affanno ...Non piu mesta

Strauss, Richard

Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
» Sein wir wieder gut
Capriccio, op.85
» Ich furchte, Frau Grafin Sie werden nach dieser Einfuhrung
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Ach, du bist wieder da!
» Da geht er hin
» Die Zeit, die ist ein Sonderbar Ding
» Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
Elektra, op.58
» Was willst du? Seht doch dort!

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), op.68
» Countess's Scene

Verdi, Giuseppe

Falstaff
» Reverenza...Buon giorno, buona donna
Luisa Miller
» Duchessa, Duchessa tu m'appelli!
Macbeth
» La luce langue (Act 2)
» Nel di della vittoria ...Ambizioso spirto ...Vieni t'affretta! ...Or tutti sorgete (Act 1)
» Una macchia e qui tuttora (Act 4)

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold
» Weiche, Wotan, weiche!
Lohengrin
» Elsa!... Wer ruft?
» Entweihte Gotter (Act 2)
» Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!
Tannhauser
» Geliebter, komm!

Artists

Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

About

The wide-ranging repertory in which Christa Ludwig appeared at the Vienna State Opera, often surprising her audiences over a period of many years, is central to the present set of three CDs. It begins with her Cherubino from Le nozze di Figaro and her Composer from Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, both of which she sang at the Salzburg Festival soon after her Vienna State Opera début in 1955.

Another of her early roles in Vienna was Dorabella, while Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola was a lyric mezzo-soprano part that she sang only infrequently but to which she brought a stupendous coloratura technique. Her increasingly dramatic roles are represented by excerpts from Fidelio, Wozzeck, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Verdi's Macbeth, which also demonstrate the astute use of her resources in those roles that extend well into the soprano register, without ever sacrificing any quality or intensity. Under Leonard Bernstein, the subdued melancholy of her Marschallin is even more overwhelming than it was in the studio.

No less impressive is the way in which Christa Ludwig was able to forge a successful working relationship with each of the very different conductors with whom she appeared, be it Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado or the conductor of the most recent New Year's Day Concert from Vienna, Georges Prêtre. Throughout her career, she retained a company spirit, happy to appear in smaller roles and, towards the end of her career, in character parts, including Klytämnestra in Elektra, the role in which she bade farewell to the stage in 1994.

This final appearance - almost 40 years after her Viennese début - also brings to an end our musical tribute to Christa Ludwig, recalling an altogether exceptional career by this honorary member of the Vienna State Opera.

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