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Wagner: Tannhäuser/Siegfried-Idyll/Tristan und Isolde

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Opera & Vocal album by Herbert von Karajan, Jessye Norman, Richard [Classical] Wagner, and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Karajan's appearance with Jessye Norman and the Vienna Philharmonic at the 1987 Salzburg Festival produced one of the great Wagner discs of all time, capped by a seething, compelling, white hot realization of the "Liebestod." Karajan knew he had something … see full wiki

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Love and Death: Wagner, Von Karajan, Norman

  • Jun 18, 2001
I saw part of the film "Karajan in Salzburg" on PBS about ten years ago. I was channel surfing and happened across Jessye Norman singing "Isoldes Liebestod" (the last track on this CD). I wasn't that familiar with Wagner at the time, had just worked my way through the Met's Ring Cycle, and had no notion of what Norman was singing. I couldn't understand her German. Yet I could feel the hair rising up on the back of my neck. By the time she had finished, I was crying.

That brief seven minute film clip was an epiphany for me. I fell desperately in love with Richard Wagner and Jessye Norman (Von Karajan was no slouch, either). I was elated when I came across this Deutsche Grammophon recording that was made during the filming of "Karajan in Salzburg." These four exerpts from "Tannhauser," "Sigfried," and "Tristan und Isolde" are Wagner at his most sublime. The climax is Norman's clear, tender 'Liebestod':

"Do I alone/ hear this melody/ which, so wondrous/ and tender/ in its blissful lament,/ all-revealing,/ gently pardoning,/ sounding from him,/ pierces me through..."

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Opera & Vocal
Release Date: October 25, 1990
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