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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Meyerbeer: LES HUGUENOTS
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Act IV: Valentine-Raoul duet excerpt : "Le danger presse et le temps vole" ... "Je m'attache Ó tes pas!"

Lillian Nordica (s), Valentine

Jean De Reszke (t), Raoul

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Phillippe Flon

March 11, 1901

[Snake: Glackens 87.]

Hidden in the next room, Valentine has overheard the plans for the massacre, and so has Raoul. He insists that he must fly to warn his friends of their danger, but Valentine will not let him leave. (As noted above, Nordica and De Reszke sing in Italian, in the translation of the Boosey Royal Edition.) The beginning of the modulation on the cylinder is not clear, so we have included the entire playable portion.

[original]

RAOUL

Stringe il periglio, e il tempo vola,
lasciami, lasciami, lasciami partir!

VALENTINE
Ma non difeso cadresti, oh Dio!
Per pietÓ, per pietÓ, non voler fuggir!
Raoul!

RAOUL
OhimŔ!

VALENTINE
Tu mio sospir, tu l'amore mio!

RAOUL
I miei fratei morir vegg'io!

VALENTINE
Abbandonarti saria morir!

RAOUL
Mi lascia, ohimŔ! da te partir, Simultaneous singing begins
m'impon l'amor da te fuggir!
Mi lascia, ohime!

VALENTINE
Io ben sapr˛ salvar tuoi dý,
ah, per pietÓ!
Ascolta almen, ascolta il Ciel!
Tu l'amor mio, io ben sapr˛ salvar tuoi dý! Simultaneous singing ends
No, Raoul, questa soglia
tu varcar non potrai,
non mi stacco da te!

[translation]

RAOUL

The hour approaches, so fraught with danger,
stay me not, I must away!

VALENTINE
Thus undefended, your death is certain!
Leave me not, in mercy stay!
Ah, Raoul!

RAOUL
Alas!

VALENTINE
Thou art my only care, believe me!

RAOUL
Of ev'ry friend they would bereave me!

VALENTINE
In pity stay or I shall die!

RAOUL
Alas, you must let me leave you, Simultaneous singing begins
love commands that I fly!
Leave me, alas!

VALENTINE
I know well how to save you,
ah, have pity!
Listen, at least, listen to Heaven!
My love, I know well how to save you! Simultaneous singing ends
No, Raoul, this threshhold
I'll not let you pass,
I'll not let go of you!

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