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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE [Includes RealAudio Selections]
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Act III: Sieglinde's Farewell and Wotan's Entrance excerpt : "[O hehrstes] Wunder! Herrlichste Maid!" ... "Wo [ist Brünnhild; wo die Verbrecherin?]"

Lillian Nordica (s), Brünnhilde

Johanna Gadski (s), Sieglinde

David Bispham (b), Wotan

Marie Van Cauteren (s), Gerhilde

Mathilde Bauermeister (s), Ortlinde

Camille Seygard (s), Helmwige

Marie Maurer (s), Grimgerde

Marguerite Marilly (s), Siegrune

Carrie Bridewell (ms), Rossweisse

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (a), Waltraute

Louise Homer (a), Schwertleite

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Alfred Hertz

February 21, 1903

[Glackens 2.]

When Brünnhilde finally arrives at the Valkyries' rock, her horse bears, not a warrior, but Sieglinde, sister of the dead Siegmund. When her sisters refuse to help Sieglinde flee Wotan's wrath, Brünnhilde sends the young woman in the direction of Fafner's cave, a part of the world that Wotan shuns, and tells her that in her womb she carries Siegmund's son, who will become the world's great hero. The revivified Sieglinde thanks her, and escapes as Wotan approaches.

[original]

SIEGLINDE

[O hehrstes] Wunder!
Herrlichste Maid!
Dir Treuen dank ich
heiligen Trost!
Fur ihn, den wir liebten,
rett ich das Liebste:
meines Dankes Lohn
lache dir einst!
Lebe wohl!
Dich segnet Sieglindes Weh! ( She hastens away to the wood. Black thunderclouds surround the height. )

WOTAN'S VOICE
Steh, Brünnhild'!

ORTLINDE, WALTRAUTE
Den Fels erreichen
Ross und Reiter!

THE EIGHT VALKYRIES
Weh, Brünnhild'!
Rache entbrennt!

BRÜNNHILDE
Ach, Schwestern, helft!
Mir schwankt das Herz!
Sein Zorn zerschellt mich,
wenn euer Schutz ihn nicht zahmt.

THE EIGHT VALKYRIES
Hieher, Verlorne!
Lass dich nicht sehn!
Schmiege dich an uns
und schweige dem Ruf! ( They hide Brünnhilde in their midst and look anxiously at the wood. )
Weh!
Wütend schwingt sich
Wotan vom Ross!
Hieher rast
sein rächender Schritt!

WOTAN ( entering in terrible wrath )
Wo [ist Brünnhild',
wo die Verbrecherin?]

[translation]

SIEGLINDE

O greatest miracle!
Most glorious maid!
I thank you for your
holiest comfort!
For him, whom we both loved,
I will save this treasure:
the gift of my thanks
will one day smile on you!
Farewell!
You are blessed by Sieglinde's woe! ( She hastens away to the wood. Black thunderclouds surround the height. )

WOTAN'S VOICE
Stay, Brünnhilde!

ORTLINDE, WALTRAUTE
Horse and rider
have reached the rock!

THE EIGHT VALKYRIES
Woe, Brünnhilde!
Vengeance is kindled!

BRÜNNHILDE
Ah, sisters, help me!
My heart is shaking!
His anger will shatter me
if your protection does not restrain him.

THE EIGHT VALKYRIES
Come here, lost one!
Don't let him see you!
Hide yourself among us
and be silent when he calls! ( They hide Brünnhilde in their midst and look anxiously at the wood. )
Woe!
Furiously Wotan
dismounts from his horse!
Hither he comes
with vengeful stride!

WOTAN ( entering in terrible wrath )
Where is Brünnhilde,
where is the offender?


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