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     Wagner: LOHENGRIN   [Includes RealAudio Selections]      Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Wagner: LOHENGRIN [Includes RealAudio Selections]
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Act I: Lohengrin's Arrival excerpt: "[Lass mich ihn] sehn, wie ich ihn sah" ... "Sei gegrŘsst, du gottgesandter Mann!"

Johanna Gadski (s), Elsa

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Alfred Hertz

February 7, 1903

[Slip]

Charged by Telramund with having killed her brother, Elsa of Brabant is praying to God to send the knight of whom she dreamed, to be her champion. The people on the banks of the river see a boat approaching, drawn by a swan.

[original]

ELSA

[Lass mich ihn] seh'n, wie ich ihn sah;
wie ich ihn sah, sei er mir nah'!

CHORUS
Ciel! Ciel!
Qual soave portento!
Qual soave portento!
Che sarÓ? Che sarÓ? Ciel!
Un cigno una barchetta guida in qua!
Un cigno una barchetta guida in qua!
(Che?)
Un cavalier, un cavalier! Ah!
(Cose'Ŕ?)
si dentr'esse sta!
(Mirate!)
Dell'arme sue qual sol!
Un guerriero! Un cigno!
Oh! portento!
Dell'arme sue qual sol
abbaglia il magico splendor,
abbaglia il magico splendor!
Una barca guida egli in qua,
ei s'avvicina giÓ!
Un guerriero!
D'entr'essa sta un cavalier!
Ve'! s'avvicina egli e s'appressa giÓ!
Un guerriero, arcan portento, ve'!
Legato ha il cigno a una catena d'or!
Vedi, alla riva s'avvicina presso giÓ!
Ei giu[nacute]ge giÓ! Ei giunge giÓ!
Giunge ei giÓ!
Miracol, miracol, miracol portentoso!
Miracolo inaudito, si,
miracol, miracol, miracol portentoso,
miracolo inaudito e mai veduto!
(Grazie, o cielo, che il debole proteggi!)
Salute a te, salute a te, messo santo,
salute, o messo del Signor!
Gloria a te,
salute, o messo del Signor!
Gloria a te, gloria a te, gloria a te, gloria a te,!

[translation]

ELSA

Let me behold him, as I saw him;
as I saw him, let him be near to me!

CHORUS
Heaven! Heaven!
What sign is this!
What sign is this!
What will happen? What will happen? Heaven!
A swan leads a bark this way!
A swan leads a bark this way!
(What?)
A knight, a knight! ah!
(What is it?)
is standing behind it!
(Look!)
How his armor shines!
A warrior! A swan!
Oh portent!
The light from his armor
dazzles the sight,
dazzles the sight!
It leads a bark this way,
he is coming near!
A warrior!
A knight is standing behind it!
Look! he is coming nearer already!
A knight, strange portent, look!
He has tied the swan with a golden chain!
Look, he is already near the bank!
He has arrived! He has arrived!
He has arrived!
A miracle, a miracle, a prodigious miracle!
An unheard-of miracle, yes,
A miracle, a miracle, a prodigious miracle!
An unheard-of miracle, and never seen!
(Thanks, o heaven, who dost protect the weak!)
Greetings, greetings, holy messenger,
greetings, o holy messenger from the Lord!
Glory to you,
greetings, o holy messenger from the Lord!
Glory to you, glory to you, glory to you, glory to you!


     Wagner: LOHENGRIN   [Includes RealAudio Selections]      Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2