Over a performing career spanning half a century, Christa Ludwig, born in 1928, consistently proved her greatness. “A source of as deep a satisfaction and fulfilment as the greatest of my operatic roles,” is how she described the place of song in her life, and at the heart of this collection are the emblematic composers of the Austro-German repertoire. Throughout, Christa Ludwig’s interpretative insight is as rich and compelling as her voice, exceptional for its beauty, range and flexibility. This 11-disc collection includes recordings never before released or new to CD, and all items have been remastered in 24BIT/96KHZ from original tapes. This 11CD-set marks the 90th birthday of Christa Ludwig, a German mezzo-soprano who had a major international career between 1940 and 1990. Highlighting the wide range of her fine art in lieder and melodies, it includes many recordings which were previously unpublished or are released for the first time on CD – see colours on tracklist below. The recordings have been remastered from original tapes – except the album owned by Sony which has been remastered by them. CD wallets are designed from original LP covers and the booklet includes an exclusive interview with Christa Ludwig.