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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Wagner: LOHENGRIN [Includes RealAudio Selections]
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Act II: Minster Scene excerpts:

(a) "[El]sa, Elsa! wie seh' ich sie erbeben" ... "in deiner Treu' liegt alles [Glückes Pfand!]"

(b) "Mein Held, in dem ich muss vergehn!" ... "Heil dir, [Tugendreiche]"

(c) "[Heil] dir, Heil Elsa von Brabant" ...to end of act

Johanna Gadski (s), Elsa

Georg Anthes (t), Lohengrin

Anton Van Rooy (b), Telramund

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--Alfred Hertz

February 7, 1903

[Slips; Glackens 23, 59, 72.]

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Elsa has been comforted by the arrival of Lohengrin, but Telramund appears, charging that Lohengrin won the combat through sorcery. When this band begins, Lohengrin has just denied the charge. After the knight's first line, Hertz cut the ensemble during which all expressed bewilderment, splicing to the point where Telramund approaches Elsa, further to shake her faith in Lohengrin. Mapleson loses only a few lines between this cylinder and the second, and only about six bars before the one containing the final measures of the act, as the wedding procession enters the Minster.

[original]

LOHENGRIN

(a)
[El]sa! Elsa! wie seh' ich sie erbeben!

TELRAMUND
Vertraue mir! Lass dir ein Mittel heissen,
das dir Gewissheit schafft!

ELSA
Hinweg von mir!

TELRAMUND
Lass mich das kleinste Glied ihm nur entreissen,
des Fingers Spitze, und ich schwöre dir,
was er dir hehlt, sollst frei du vor dir seh'n,
dir treu, soll nie er dir von hinnen geh'n!

ELSA
Ha! Nimmermehr!

TELRAMUND
Ich bin dir nah' zur Nacht,
rufst du, ohn' Schaden ist es schnell vollbracht!

LOHENGRIN
Elsa, mit wem verkehrst du da?
Zurück von ihr, Verfluchte!
Dass nie mein Auge
je euch wieder bei ihr seh'!
Elsa, erhebe dich! In deiner Hand,
in deiner True' liegt al[les Glückes Pfand!
Lässt nicht des Zweifels Macht dich ruh'n?
Willst du die Frage an mich thun?

ELSA
Mein Retter, der mir Heil gebracht!]
(b)
Mein Held, in dem ich muss vergeh'n!
Hoch über alles Zweifels Macht
soll meine Liebe steh'n! Simultaneous singing begins

LOHENGRIN
Heil dir, Elsa! Nun lass vor Gott uns geh'n!

CHORUS
Viva il messo del Signor! Simultaneous singing ends
Viva ognor!
Viva il messo del Signor!
Viva, viva!
Viva il messo del Signor!
Viva d'Elsa il casto amor!
Viva il messo del Signor!
Viva il messo del Sig[nor!
Viva d'Elsa il casto amor!
Viva ognor!]
(c)
Viva ognor, si, viva ognor, viva! ( From her embrace with Lohengrin, Elsa looks up and at the foot of the steps sees Ortrud, who raises her arm in a gesture of certain triumph. Elsa, terrified, turns away her face. )

[translation]

LOHENGRIN

Elsa! Elsa! how I see her trembling!

TELRAMUND
Trust me! There is a way of knowing,
that will give you certainty!

ELSA
Away from me!

TELRAMUND
Give me the smallest fragment of his flesh,
a finger's tip, and I swear to you,
that which he hides from you, you will clearly see,
and, true to you, he will never leave you!

ELSA
Ah! Never!

TELRAMUND
I will be near you tonight,
call me, and it will be quickly accomplished, without harm!

LOHENGRIN
Elsa, with whom are you talking?
Away from her, accursed one!
Let my eyes never
see you near her again!
Elsa, arise! In your hand,
in your trust lies all our pledge of joy!
Does the power of doubt not let you rest?
Will you put the question to me?

ELSA
My saviour, who brought me happiness!
My hero, in whom I must lose myself!
High above all power of doubt.
my love will abide! Simultaneous singing begins

LOHENGRIN
Hail, Elsa. Now let us go before God!

CHORUS
Hail the one sent by the Lord! Simultaneous singing ends
Hail forever!
Hail the one sent by the Lord!
Hail, hail!
Hail the one sent by the Lord!
Hail the pure love of Elsa!
Hail the one sent by the Lord!
Hail the one sent by the Lord!
Hail the pure love of Elsa!
Hail forever!
Hail forever, yes, hail forever, hail! ( From her embrace with Lohengrin, Elsa looks up and at the foot of the steps sees Ortrud, who raises her arm in a gesture of certain triumph. Elsa, terrified, turns away her face. )


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