How to get started in listening to Wagner?

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“I” did

 


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I didn't call it the supreme composition

 


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Ha!

Ich bin’s, ich bin’s

 

unbewußt

höchste Lust!

Text, names, and not only intonation, issues.

Das sind nur die Namen:

Jed’ Wort und Ton muß klärlich klingen,

wo steigt die Stimm’ und wo sie fällt.

 

zu alt! Hier gilt’s der Kunst

 

(Yes - old recordings cannot do full justice).

single port waveguide


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a simplified transmission line and these do indeed give a big bass boost but not necessarily a well defined

 

(bass):

Port.

So nah dem Ziel nach langer Fahrt

 

 

bis eure letzte Welle sich bricht 

one recording is more than one may expect from one

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The recording is more than one may expect from a period instrument one.

 

Wie gut, dass

eine nicht seid!

Von vielen gefall’ ich

wohl einer

Manche schreiben Verse nieder


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sort of trap for potential buyers, 

two of his Fifth and one of his Second, Ninth and Das Lied von der Erde ... Mahler’s Sixth is an inevitable must.

 

das Lied? Wie nennt

ein schönes Lied:

wem dazu wohl ein dritter Vers geriet!

Das Lied, es ist gar nicht von mir

 

(The third line of the third verse of the third movement of the Song may be by Mahler, but according to text, the third verse is totally devoted to Wagner).

 

Wenn’s nur eine Falle wär’! –

 

kauf’ Eure Werke gleich,

doch fein mit Kreide weich,

nicht mit dem Hammerstreich!

 

(The trap of buying the Sixth is not necessarily inevitable).

Vom Dunkel zum Licht.

Die Umwandlung des Jammers der Welt durch die Transformation des Hauptthemas des Lebens.

(Nothing is inevitable till it becomes inevitable).

Parla

das auserwählte, von der Finsternis zu seinem wunderbaren Licht

Im Dunkel du,

im Lichte ich

 

und steckt’s an der Liebsten Türe, daß nicht ich zu ihr führe.

 

(Nothing in name is inevitable, despite / because it can be anything, from the nothing shadow darkness to the inevitable chosen light.  Text is always inevitable, especially till it becomes inevitable recent experiences).

Am Ende...ein beklemmender Abschied.

Vom Unwiederbringlichen vermag das Subject die anschauende Liebe nicht abzuziehen.

(The end is inevitable, despite it can be postponed once or twice... The text is always inevitable but the Music constantly escapes from the words; this is its inevitable scope and its irrevocable greatness).

Parla

After over, shadowed

Liebestod!

 

noch einmal

Nur einmal

nur einmal noch

 

hoch sich hebt

versinken

 

(The end must be postponed not only once or twice.

The text is always inevitable, but the Source constantly escapes from the speaker’s words; this (on the subject of escape) is its inevitable height and irrevocable depth.)

Diese edle Einfalt.

...das dieses Kunst letzten Grundes nicht nur in den musischen Domeshallen tiefer...

(The end is inevitable no matter how many times it can be postponed.

Sometimes, even the text can escape from its inevitable words, particularly if it is served by a Musical Source).

Parla

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