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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE [Includes RealAudio Selections]
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Act III: Wotan's Farewell excerpts :

(a) "Leb' wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind!" ... "mein Gruss dich mehr grüssen"

(b) "Denn Einer nur freie die Braut, der freier als ich, der Gott"

David Bispham (b), Wotan

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Alfred Hertz

February 12, 1903

[Slip with date.]

Wotan must punish the disobedient Brünnhilde, and decrees that she is to be left sleeping on the rock. stripped of her divinity and at the mercy of whatever mortal may come along. But she has pleaded her cause so eloquently that Wotan agrees to surround her with a ring of fire, so that only the bravest of heroes can win her. He now bids her a passionate farewell; Mapleson recorded the beginning and end of its first portion.

[original]

WOTAN

(a)
Leb wohl, du kühnes,
herrliches Kind!
Du meines Herzens heiligster Stolz!
Leb wohl! Leb wohl! Leb wohl!
Muss ich dich meiden,
und darf nicht minnig
mein Gruss dich mehr grüssen...
(b)
Denn einer nur freie die Braut,
der freier als ich, der Gott!

[translation]

WOTAN

Farewell, you proud,
glorious daughter!
The holiest pride of my heart!
Farewell! Farewell! Farewell!
If I must shun you,
and may not ever again
greet you with love...
Then one alone will free the bride,
one freer than I, the god!


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