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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Band 8

Band 8

Wagner: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE: Act I finale excerpt: "Tristan! Isolde!"...

Milka Ternina (s), Isolde

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (a), Brangäne

Jean De Reszke (t), Tristan

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--

Walter Damrosch

March 13, 1901

[Glackens 112; the cylinder with the cadenza of the Roméo waltz was found in a container with a Tristan snake and Mapleson's notation: "Duet Jean, Ternina Act I Tristan March 13, 1901." The speed matches the other surviving cylinder from this performance (see below and Side 9/Band 5).]

This cylinder begins after Tristan and Isolde have drunk the potion, shortly before Isolde's first line; the choral entries and Schumann-Heink's vigorous intervention are barely distinguishable, the remainder is covered by steadily increasing noise. (We give the chorus words in German; it's impossible to tell whether they are sung in German or Italian.)

[original]

ISOLDE

Tristan!

TRISTAN
Isolde!

ISOLDE
Treuloser Holder!

TRISTAN
Seligste Frau!

SAILORS (without)
Heil! König Marke Heil!
Heil! König Marke Heil!
Heil! König Marke Heil!

BRANGÄNE
Wehe! Weh!
Unabwendbar
ew'ge Noth
für kurzen Tod!
Thör'ger Treue
trugvolles Werk
blüht nun jammernd empor!

[translation]

ISOLDE

Tristan!

TRISTAN
Isolde!

ISOLDE
Faithless beloved!

TRISTAN
Most divine woman!

SAILORS (without)
Hail! King Marke. hail!
Hail! King Marke. hail!
Hail! King Marke. heil!

BRANGÄNE
Woe! Woe!
Inevitable
endless need
instead of sudden death!
The deceptive fruits
of foolish loyalty
now flourish in grief!


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