English Rock Band
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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