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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Wagner: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
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Act II: Love duet excerpt: "[Hehr erhab'ne] Liebesnacht!" ... "höchste Liebeslust! endlos e[wig]"

Lillian Nordica (s), Isolde

George Anthes (t), Tristan

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Alfred Hertz

February 9, 1903

[Glackens 31.]

[Begin Page 56]

In the final Allegro of the love scene, Hertz makes a surprising cut, one not encountered in later Met performances, even Artur Bodanzky's heavily trimmed edition of the Thirties.

[original]

TRISTAN and ISOLDE

[O ew'ge Nacht,
süsse Nacht!
Hehr erhab'ne]
Liebesnacht!

ISOLDE
Wem du umfangen,

TRISTAN
wem du gelacht,

BOTH
wie wär' ohne Bangen
er aus dir erwacht?

TRISTAN
Wie es fassen,
wie sie lassen,
diese Wonne,

BOTH
fern der Sonne,
fern der Tage
Trennungsklage!

ISOLDE
Ohne Wähnen,

TRISTAN
sanftes Sehnen;

ISOLDE
ohne Bangen,

TRISTAN
süss Verlangen;
ohne Wehen

BOTH
hehr Vergehen;

ISOLDE
ohne Schmachten

BOTH
hold Umnachten

TRISTAN
ohne Meiden,

BOTH
ohne Scheiden,
traut allein,
ewig heim,
in ungemess'nen Räumen
übersel'ges Träumen:

ISOLDE
Du Isolde,

TRISTAN
Tristan du,

ISOLDE
Tristan ich,

TRISTAN
ich Isolde,

ISOLDE
nicht mehr Isolde!

TRISTAN
nicht mehr Tristan!

ISOLDE
Ohne Nennen,

TRISTAN
Ewig!

ISOLDE
ohne Trennen,
neu Erkennen,

TRISTAN
Endlos!

ISOLDE
neu Entbrennen,

BOTH
endlos ewig
einbewusst:

ISOLDE
Endlos!

TRISTAN
Ewig!

ISOLDE
Ewig!

TRISTAN
Endlos!

ISOLDE
Heiss erglühte Brust,

TRISTAN
höchste Liebeslust!

ISOLDE
Endlos e[wig...]

[translation]

TRISTAN and ISOLDE

O endless night,
sweet night!
Most sublime
night of love!

ISOLDE
Whom you embrace,

TRISTAN
whom you smile upon,

BOTH
how without anxiety
were he ever wakened?

TRISTAN
How to grasp it,
how to leave it,
this wonder,

BOTH
far from the sun,
far from the day's
sorrow of parting!

ISOLDE
Without illusions,

TRISTAN
softest yearning;

ISOLDE
without anxiety,

TRISTAN
sweet desiring;
without misery

BOTH
exalted evanescence;

ISOLDE
without languishing,

BOTH
gently wrapped in night,

TRISTAN
without rejection.

BOTH
without separation,
beloved alone,
always home,
in unmeasured spaces
over-blessed dreaming:

ISOLDE
Thou Isolde,

TRISTAN
Tristan thou,

ISOLDE
Tristan I,

TRISTAN
I Isolde,

ISOLDE
no more Isolde!

TRISTAN
no more Tristan!

ISOLDE
Without naming,

TRISTAN
Eternal!

ISOLDE
without separation,
new learning,

TRISTAN
Endless!

ISOLDE
new burning,

BOTH
endlessly eternally
made one consciousness:

ISOLDE
endlessly!

TRISTAN
eternally!

ISOLDE
eternally!

TRISTAN
endlessly!

ISOLDE
warmly glowing breast,

TRISTAN
highest joy of love!

ISOLDE
endlessly eternally...


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