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CHRISTA LUDWIG, mezzo-soprano
CHARLES SPENCER, piano
Recital directed by Enrique Sanchez Lansch
Master Class with Christa Ludwig directed by Claus Viller
Christa Ludwig is acknowledged as one of the twentieth century’s most explorative and complete vocal artists. Her professional singing career spanned fi ve decades and, as a star of the international operatic stage, she made roles as diverse as Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Leonore, Amneris, Eboli, Kundry, Ortrud, Clytemnestra and the Marschallin her own, excelling in soprano, mezzo and coloratura mezzo repertoire. She also established her reputation as a fine lieder singer. The intimate auditorium of the magnificent neo-baroque Volkstheater in Vienna was packed with a discerning and enthusiastic audience when Christa Ludwig gave a master class there.
The intimate auditorium of the magnificent neo-baroque Volkstheater in Vienna was packed with a discerning and enthusiastic audience when Christa Ludwig gave a master class there. The young singers who took part – Valerij Serkin (tenor), Stella Grigorian (mezzo) and Marcus Pelz (baritone) – were all studying at an advanced level, with their sights set on finding success as professionals on the operatic stage. Christa Ludwig focused the time she spent with each singer on helping them to fi nd the dramatic truth expressed in the aria of their choice and advising on how they could communicate
this in their interpretation. The master class includes pieces by Beethoven, Bizet and Massenet and, at the end, the greatness of her art is recalled as she is seen singing Mistress Quickly in a production of Verdi’s Falstaff (1982).
Contents and Reviews
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Geheimnis (Secret) / Im Abendrot (Afterglow) / Die Forelle (The Trout) / Der Tod und das Mädchen (The Death and the Maiden) / Sehnsucht (Longing) / Der Musensohn (The Muses’ Son)
HUGO WOLF: Anakreons Grab (Anacreon‘s Tomb) / Der Gärtner (The Gardener) / Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (Cover me with fl owers) / In dem Schatten meiner Locken (In the shadow of my locks) / Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen (At the table of my love) / Wie lange schon (How far already)
GUSTAV MAHLER: Ich ging mit Lust (Happily I went) / Rheinlegendchen (The Rhinelegend) / Das irdische Leben (Earthly Life) / Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (The World is lost for me) / Scheiden und Meiden (Parting)
RICHARD STRAUSS: Du meines Herzens Krönelein (My Heart’s Crown) / Begegnung (Encounter) / Die Nacht (The Night) / Morgen (Tomorrow)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: I Hate Music! - Five kid‘s songs
BONUS: A Master Class with Christa Ludwig, Part II
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