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The Art Of Christa Ludwig


Release Date: 04/01/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 17608   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsGustav MahlerRobert SchumannMax Reger,   ... 
Performer:  Gerald MooreTeresa Stich-RandallChrista LudwigElisabeth Schwarzkopf,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto KlempererKarl BöhmHorst SteinKarl Forster,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusBerlin Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A worthy tribute. Should be snapped up by all lovers of great singing.

When Christa Ludwig celebrated her 80th birthday on 16 March 2008 she could look back on an uncommonly long and successful career as opera singer as well as recitalist. She was born in Berlin and both her parents were opera singers. It was her mother, mezzo-soprano Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig, who was her first voice teacher. She was only eighteen when she made her operatic debut in Frankfurt in 1946, singing Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus. After stints in Darmstadt and Hannover she arrived at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1955 and there she remained for more than thirty years. She appeared frequently at other houses as well: Chicago, the Met, Covent Garden and
Read more for many seasons at the Salzburg Festival and also in Bayreuth. She withdrew in 1994 and her last public performance as opera singer was as Klytemnestra in Elektra at the Staatsoper. When her voice matured she took on heavier roles and also sang some soprano parts: die Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Leonore in Fidelio, to mention two, which she also recorded in complete studio recordings under Bernstein and Klemperer respectively. Admirers of her art should know that there are copious opportunities to hear her in complete operas: 130 recordings – live or studio – are listed in her discography, spanning from a 1948 broadcast of Il barbiere di Siviglia from Hessischen Rundfunk, where she sings Berta, to Colin Davis’s Philips recording in Dresden 1992 of Hänsel und Gretel.

The present brimful box is EMI’s tribute to her celebrations and it covers roughly her first dozen years as a commercial recording artist. The main bulk is drawn from her song recordings, deriving primarily from sessions with Gerald Moore in 1957 and 1959 and sundry sessions with Geoffrey Parsons from the 1960s. In some of the earliest ones it is possible to detect some slight unsteadiness and also a tone that can be hollow-sounding. Sapphische Ode, the very first song, lacks the last ounce in refinement but this is very much an exception. Of the four Brahms songs from that period Die Mainacht is the most masterful while the rarely heard Der Schmied is an interesting piece with its staccato accompaniment. But it is the Brahms recital with Parsons from 1969 that shows her in the best possible light. There she catches the different moods of the songs with superb accuracy, whether it be the light touch of Das Mädchen spricht, the dark and penetrating Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht or the inward beauty of In stiller Nacht. Every song has something illuminating to offer and I know of few Brahms records that are more satisfying. The pick of the crop is possibly Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer. Among Brahms’s finest songs are the two with viola Op. 91 and here she applies a darker contralto tone, reminiscent of Kathleen Ferrier, whose recordings of them are unforgettable. Christa Ludwig is on the same exalted level and that also goes for the Alto Rhapsody with Klemperer conducting.

The Mahler songs on CD 2 are also invariably masterly; she sounds so complete, so mature that it is hard to believe that this is a singer not yet 30. The freshness of Ich ging mit Lust, the lively story-telling of Hans und Grethe, the eyes-wide-open wonder-feeling of Frühlingsmorgen, the light humour of Um schlimme Kinder or the glorious heroic tone of Das Schildwache Nachtlied. Of the Mörike songs Um Mitternacht grows with almost unbearable intensity and the most naked song Mahler ever wrote, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, is devoid of everything glamorous. Either of Janet Baker’s recordings is hard to beat, but she sings them with orchestra and the sparse piano version becomes even more intimate. Schumann’s Frauenliebe und-leben is also superbly sung with wonderful care for the words. The two Reger songs are fine reminders of his melodic gift, often overshadowed by his learned contrapuntal writing.

On CD 3 we encounter the Schubert interpreter and again I find Ludwig’s early recording of Die Allmacht less than perfect. The lyrical moments are wonderful but this is also one of Schubert’s grandest songs and here she seems a little undersized. But the light and bouncy Fischerweise is sung with freshness and joy and the 1961 recital with Geoffrey Parsons finds her challenging the very best of Schubert interpreters: the phrasing, the colouring of the tone, the expressiveness and her ability to lay bare the core of each song combine to make this a most satisfying programme. Rarely if ever has Ave Maria been sung with greater feeling and more beautiful tone. Every song is a consummate masterpiece of sensitive singing and she crowns the programme with a lovely reading of Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, sung with silvery tone in a fine collaboration with Gervase de Peyer’s smooth clarinet. She is well suited to Hugo Wolf, where Gerald Moore is at his most sensitive in the filigree accompaniment to Auf einer Wanderung and the Strauss songs are all superb.

On the fourth disc she turns out to be at home also in the French repertoire. In the Ravel cycle she is especially successful in the bleak second song. Saint-Saëns’s Une flûte invisible is beautiful – and beautifully sung. Rachmaninov’s slightly perfumed songs can be very winning when performed with such conviction as here. The Rossini songs are charming trifles. Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder are masterpieces that require both voice and insight; more deeply probing readings are not easy to come by, Klemperer again a magisterial accompanist.

A couple of opera excerpts have spilled over from CD 5. Christa Ludwig is a light and sprightly Dorabella in this legendary Così conducted by Karl Böhm. She recorded the role for Decca seven years earlier, also with Böhm in what was her first studio recording of an opera. She was very good then but is inevitably more mature and brings deeper insight here. She also sings nobly in the aria from Handel’s Giulio Cesare (in German) but the accompaniment isn’t exactly in accordance with the performance practice we expect today.

She was a noted Bach singer and while neither Karl Forster nor Otto Klemperer was very informed about period performance style the singing is unerringly sensitive and noble. Erbarme dich, mein Gott with true contralto depth is magnificent.

This Klemperer set is one of the legendary recordings of all time and so are the two opening tracks on the last CD. Giulini’s Verdi Requiem has for many years headed the list of recordings and even though I have versions with more idiomatically Italianate soloists Christa Ludwig’s reading of the alto part is as good as any I have heard. Klemperer’s Das Lied von der Erde was the first seriously to challenge Bruno Walter’s and I still count this as the best ever. Christa Ludwig is again the noblest singer imaginable and it is generous of EMI to give us the full 30 minutes of Der Abschied. On the other hand they could have chosen a shorter movement instead to leave more room for excerpts from other operas that also exist in the company’s vaults. The complete Das Lied von der Erde, with Fritz Wunderlich an ideal tenor soloist, should be in every collection anyway.

The duet from Norma is instructive to listen to. Christa Ludwig is light of tone, absolutely steady and youthful whereas Maria Callas this late in her career is darker, older-sounding and unpleasantly wobbly which affects the passages when they sing in consort. But dramatically it is right since Adalgisa in the opera should be the younger woman.

The Seguidilla is from a complete recording of Carmen from 1961, which also boasts Rudolf Schock as a rather wooden and strained Don José. In other roles, though not heard here, we can find the young Hermann Prey as Escamillo and Ivan Rebroff as Zuniga. It has been available on CD but I don’t know if it still is. Anyway Christa Ludwig is a seductive Carmen, who audibly twists Don José round her little finger. Isoldes Liebestod is one of two examples of her venturing into soprano territory – the other is Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She sang neither of the roles on stage but the Elvira aria is from Klemperer’s complete recording where Nicolai Ghiaurov’s dark-hued presence needed a counterpart of similar stature. She is superb in both roles.

Finally we get the last twenty minutes of another legendary set, Herbert von Karajan’s Der Rosenkavalier with Christa Ludwig as the teenaged Octavian. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s Feldmarschallin was arguably her supreme role – I remember very clearly the film from Salzburg 1960 but there Sena Jurinac was Octavian. Ludwig and Schwarzkopf are marvellously well matched here and Teresa Stich-Randall’s Sophie is also good though her tone up-high is a bit too edgy for my taste.

The sound on some of the early Lieder recordings isn’t as sophisticated as one would wish. I suppose that it is the digital remastering from 1991 that is to blame. On my equipment there was sometimes a metallic upper layer that was somewhat irritating – but not enough to reduce the impact of the singing.

Who was the greatest mezzo-soprano during the post-war years? I think it is impossible to give an unequivocal answer but Christa Ludwig is definitely in the final tournament and this box is a worthy tribute to her art during the first third of her career. It should be snapped up by all lovers of great singing.

Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Teresa Stich-Randall (), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 3: no 1, Liebestreu by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Poems (5), Op. 19: no 4, Der Schmied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 2, Die Mainacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 8, Dein blaues Auge by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Songs (4), Op. 43: no 1, Von ewiger Liebe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Songs (5), Op. 107: no 3, Das Mädchen spricht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
8.
Songs (9), Op. 63: no 8, Heimweh no 2 "O wüsst' ich doch den Weg zurück" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
9.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Romances and Songs (5), Op. 84: no 4, Vergebliches Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 1, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
13.
Songs (8), Op. 59: no 2, Auf dem See by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
15.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 42, In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
16.
Deutsche Volkslieder (49), WoO 33: no 15, Schwesterlein, Schwesterlien by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
17.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 2, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
18.
Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 1, Gestille Sehnsucht by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Herbert Downes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
Songs (2) for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91: no 2, Geistliches Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Herbert Downes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1864-84; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
21.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 2, Ich ging mit Lust by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
22.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 3, Hans und Grethe by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
23.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 1, Frühlingsmorgen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
24.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
25.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 1, Der Schildwache Nachtlied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
26.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 1, Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
27.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
28.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 5, Liebst du um Schönheit by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
29.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
30.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
31.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 4, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
32.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 10, Lob des hohen Verstandes by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
33.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
34.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 6, Des Antonius von Padua by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
35.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 7, Rheinlegendchen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
36.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 1, Seit ich ihn gesehen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
37.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 2, Er, der Herrlichste von allen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
38.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 3, Ich kann's nicht fassen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
39.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 4, Du Ring an meinem Finger by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
40.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 5, Helft mir, ihr Schwestern by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
41.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 6, Süsser Freund by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
42.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 7, An meinem Herzen by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
43.
Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: no 8, Nun hast du mir by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
44.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 8, Einen Brief soll ich schreiben by Max Reger
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
45.
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 3, Waldeinsamkeit by Max Reger
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
46.
Die Allmacht, D 852 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
47.
Fischerweise, D 881 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
48.
An die Musik, D 547 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
49.
Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
50.
Ganymed, D 544/Op. 19 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
51.
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774/Op. 72 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
52.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
53.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
54.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
55.
Frühlingsglaube, D 686/Op. 20 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
56.
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D 531/Op. 7 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
57.
Lachen und Weinen, D 777/Op. 59 no 4 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
58.
Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D 343 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
59.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
60.
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
61.
Mörike Lieder: no 46, Gesang Weylas by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
62.
Mörike Lieder: no 15, Auf einer Wanderung by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
63.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 3, Die Nacht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
64.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
65.
Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
66.
Chansons madécasses: no 1, Nahandove by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Douglas Whittaker (Flute), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Amaryllis Fleming (Cello),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
67.
Chansons madécasses: no 2, Aoua by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Douglas Whittaker (Flute), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Amaryllis Fleming (Cello),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
68.
Chansons madécasses: no 3, Il est doux... by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Douglas Whittaker (Flute), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Amaryllis Fleming (Cello),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1926; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
69.
Une flûte invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Douglas Whittaker (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
70.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 4, Sing not to me, beautiful maiden by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
71.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 8, Oh, do not grieve by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
72.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 9, Anzoleta co passa la regata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
73.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 8c, Anzoleta dopo la regata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
74.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 1, Der Engel by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
75.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 2, Stehe still! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
76.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 3, Im Treibhaus by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
77.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 4, Schmerzen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
78.
Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
79.
Così fan tutte, K 588: E amore un ladroncello by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
80.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Es blaut die Nacht by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
81.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 58, Es ist vollbracht by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
82.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 47, Erbarme dich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
83.
Requiem Mass: Lux aeterna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
84.
Norma: Mira, o Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
85.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Rudolf Schock (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Horst Stein
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
86.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
87.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
88.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Mein Gott, es war nicht mehr als eine Farce by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
89.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Heut' oder morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
90.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Marie Theres'...Hab' mir's gelobt by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
91.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Ist ein Traum by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
92.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Spür nur dich allein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano),
Eberhard Wächter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
93.
Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
94.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiana": no 8a, Anzoleta avanti la regata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
95.
Das Lied von der Erde: no 6, Der Abschied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

5 Lieder Op. 94 (1960 Digital Remaster): IV. Sapphische Ode (H. Schmidt)
6 Lieder Op. 3 (1960 Digital Remaster): I. Liebestreu (R. Reinick)
5 Lieder Op. 19 (1960 Digital Remaster): IV. Der Schmeid (J. L. Uhland)
4 Lieder Op. 43 (1960 Digital Remaster): II. Die Mainacht (L. C. H. Hölty)
8 Lieder Op. 59 (1991 Digital Remaster): VIII. Dein blaues Auge (K. Groth)
4 Lieder Op. 43 (1970 Digital Remaster): I. Von ewiger Liebe (A. von Fallersleben)
5 Lieder Op. 107 (1970 Digital Remaster): III. Das Mädchen spricht (Gruppe)
9 Lieder Op. 63 (1970 Digital Remaster): VIII. O wüßt' ich doch den Weg zurück (K. Groth)
5 Lieder Op. 105 (1970 Digital Remaster): I. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (K. Groth)
5 Lieder Op. 107 (1970 Digital Remaster): V. Mädchenlied (H. Heyse)
5 Lieder und Romanzen Op. 84 (1991 Digital Remaster): Vergebliches Ständchen (Niederrheinisches Volkslied)
4 Lieder Op. 96 (1970 Digital Remaster): I. Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht (H. Heine)
8 Lieder Op. 59 (1970 Digital Remaster): II. Auf dem See (K. Simrock)
6 Lieder Op. 86 (1970 Digital Remaster): II. Feldeinsamkeit (H. Allmers)
49 Deutsche Volkslieder WoO33 (1970 Digital Remaster): 42. In stiller Nacht
49 Deutsche Volkslieder WoO33 (1970 Digital Remaster): 15. Schwestlein
5 Lieder Op. 105 (1970 Digital Remaster): II. Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer (Lingg)
5 Lieder Op. 106 (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Ständchen (F. Kugler)
2 Lieder Op. 91: Gestillte Sehnsucht (F. Rückert)
2 Lieder Op. 91: Geistliches Wiegenlied (E. Geibel, after Lope de Vega)
Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1999 Digital Remaster)
Lieder und Gesänge Vol. 2 (1960 Digital Remaster): II: Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Lieder und Gesänge Vol. 1 (1960 Digital Remaster): III. Hans und Grethe (Mahler)
Lieder und Gesänge Vol. 1 (1960 Digital Remaster): I. Frühlingsmorgen (R. Leander)
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1960 Digital Remaster): Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1960 Digital Remaster): Der Schildwache Nachtlied
Lieder und Gesänge (1960 Digital Remaster): Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (aus 'Des knaben Wunderhorn')
5 Rückert-Lieder (1960 Digital Remaster): Ich atmet' einem linden Duft
5 Rückert-Lieder (1960 Digital Remaster): Liebst du um Schönheit
5 Rückert-Lieder (1960 Digital Remaster): Um Mitternacht
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1960 Digital Remaster): Das irdische Leben
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1960 Digital Remaster): Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1960 Digital Remaster): Lob des hohen Verstandes
5 Rückert-Lieder (1959 Digital Remaster): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1959 Digital Remaster): Rheinlegendchen
Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1959 Digital Remaster): Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Seit ich ihn gesehen
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Er, der Herrlichste von allen
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Du Ring an meinem Finger
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Süsser Freund, du blickest
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
Frauenliebe und -leben Op. 42 (1960 Digital Remaster): Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
Der Brief, Op. 76 Nr. 8 (1991 Digital Remaster)
Waldeinsamkeit, Op.76 Nr.3 (Volkslied aus Franken) (1991 Digital Remaster)

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