Christa Ludwig est pour moi, l'une sinon la plus grande chanteuse du XXe siècle. Elle ne cesse de nous étonner: entre l'élégance mozartienne de "Smanie inplecabili" et l'extase wagnérienne du Liebestod, il y a tout un monde... Ensuite, ce best of est bien conçu, il nous permet de comprendre quelle chanteuse de Lieder Christa Ludwig était ou encore d'apprécier son talent dramatique dans des extraits d'opéras qu'elle a chantés sous la direction des plus grands maîtres. Christa Ludwig réussit même à voler la vedette à Maria Callas ou à Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, c'est dire... Ce cd vous fera tomber amoureux de cette mezzo incroyable... Du grand art!
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One of the most versatile artists of the 20th century11 avril 2013
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First off, I'm mostly writing this to offset the outrageous 1-star rating by a preceeding reviewer. The great Christa Ludwig was a phenomenal artist, whose recorded legacy speaks for itself. EMI's "Best of.." series allows one a small "sample" only, as is the case with Di Stefano or Te Kanawa, for instance, of world's leading artists work. But this release has so many morsels, it's hard not to heap praise upon it. Ludwig was a noted Mahler singer - one only has to search youtube for her work with the greats, such as Leonard Bernstein or Otto Klemperer or Zubin Mehta to see the quality of her in many ways pioneering interpretations. Her powerful mezzo easily floated over Mahler's enormous orchestrations and delivered the text clearly and passionately. She was also a born lieder singer, as evidenced here by her Schubert and Schumann selections. I was very pleased to find selections from Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" here, performed with unusual commitment and verve. Finally, she was a spectacular opera singer, and selections from Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Norma, and Lohengrin provide a small insight into her art (by the way, she was an exciting Carmen, that recording, albeit in German, is still out there). Hopefully, listening to these samples would encourage others to look for more recordings by this incredibly versatile artist. I would particularly recommend Verdi's "Requiem" (Karajan, DG), Wagner's "Die Walküre" (Solti, Decca) - she was a ravishing Fricka,Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" (Kertesz, Decca), and of course - Mahler's heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder (Karajan, DG) and Symphony #2 "Resurrection (Mehta, Decca). She deserves 100 stars, not just 5.