Episode 87. Christa Ludwig In Memoriam


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Episode 87. Christa Ludwig I (In Memoriam)

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The world of singing sustained an enormous loss a week ago: the death of the great German singer Christa Ludwig on April 24 at the age of 93. A singer whose repertoire centered around the great German composers but who also sang Verdi and French repertoire with stunning results; a mezzo-soprano who was unparalleled in Wagner, Mahler, and Brahms, but who also sang the great soprano heroines of Richard Strauss; a Lieder singer of great perception and textual acuity whose supple technique nonetheless was centered on legato singing: the greatness of this artist simply cannot be overestimated. In this, the first of several episodes that, over the next few months, I will devote to one of my favorite singers, I focus on the key composers (Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Wagner) and conductors (Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein) with whom she was most closely associated, while also examining some roles that might surprise you: Cenerentola, Amneris and Marie in Wozzeck. In this, the first of several episodes that, over the next few months, I will devote to one of my favorite singers, I focus on the key composers (Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Wagner) and conductors (Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, and Leonard Bernstein) with whom she was most closely associated, while also examining some roles that might surprise you: Cenerentola, Amneris and Marie in Wozzeck. Vocal guest stars include Gloria Davy, Victoria de los Ángeles, Reri Grist, Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones, and Ludwig’s one-time husband Walter Berry. A bonus Patreon episode published concurrently with this one explores Ludwig’s mastery in the field of Lieder

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RECORDINGS HEARD IN THIS EPISODE

Franz Schubert, Karl Lappe; Im Abendrot, D.799. Christa Ludwig, Jonathan Alder [live Zürich 10 November 1980]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Schlafe, mein Liebster (Weihnachts-Oratorium). Christa Ludwig, Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester [1965]

Karl Richter (1926 – 1981)

Gioacchino Rossini, Jacopo Ferretti: Non più mesta [sung in German] (La Cenerentola). Christa Ludwig, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry, Karl Dönch, Emmy Loose, Dagmar Hermann, Ludwig Welter, Alberto Erede, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper [live Wien 03.09.62]

Alberto Erede (1909– 2001)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte: Ah, guarda, sorella! (Così fan tutte). Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz, Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker [soundtrack to 1970 film]

Richard Wagner: Elsa!… Wer ruft? (Lohengrin). Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles, Lovro von Matačić, Orquestra del Teatro Colón [live Buenos Aires 1964]

Victoria de los Ángeles (1923 – 2005)
Lovro von Matačić (1899 – 1985)

Giuseppe Verdi, Antonio Ghislanzoni: Ah, vieni… Fu la sorte dell’armi (Aida) [sung in German]. Christa Ludwig, Gloria Davy, Karl Böhm, Orchester und Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin [live Berlin 1961]

Gloria Davy (1931 – 2012)

Alban Berg, Georg Büchner: Und ist kein Betrug in seinem Munde [Bible Scene] (Wozzeck). Christa Ludwig, Leopold Ludwig, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper [live Wien 19 May 1963]

Leopold Ludwig (1908 – 1979)

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Joseph von Sonnleithner, revised Stephan von Breuning, Georg Friedrich Treitschke: Abscheulicher!… Komm, Hoffnung (Fidelio). Christa Ludwig, Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Salzburg 12 August 1968]

Karl Böhm (1894 – 1981) and Christa Ludwig, Salzburg 1968

Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hoffmannsthal: Barak, mein Mann… Mir anvertraut (Die Frau ohne Schatten). Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry, Herbert von Karajan [1964], Karl Böhm [1978], Wiener Philharmoniker [Barak, mein Mann live from Wien 11 June 1964]; [Mir anvertraut live from Salzburg 09 November 1974]

As the Marschallin with Gwyneth Jones as Octavian

Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hoffmannsthal: Marie Theres’… Hab mir’s gelobt (Der Rosenkavalier). Christa Ludwig, Gwyneth Jones, Reri Grist, Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Wien 13 April 1968]

As Octavian with Reri Grist as Sophie

Gustav Mahler: Der Einsame im Herbst (Das Lied von der Erde). Christa Ludwig; Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker [live Berlin 15 December 1970]

With Herbert von Karajan (1908 – 1989)
With Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

Johannes Brahms, August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben: Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43/1. Christa Ludwig, Leonard Bernstein [live Tel Aviv 02 May 1972]

Richard Strauss, John Henry Mackay: Morgen!, Op. 27/1. Christa Ludwig, Charles Spencer [live Salzburg 9 August 1993]

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