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Gluck das mir verblieb

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Opera title:

Die Tote Stadt


Erich Korngold




Die Tote Stadt Synopsis


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Duet details:




Marietta / Paul


Soprano / Tenor



Previous scene: O Tanz O Rausch!
Next scene: Du weisst dass ich in Brügge blieb

Korngold: Die tote Stadt: “Glück das mir verblieb” by Lotte Lehmann and Richard Tauber 1924

Singer(s): Lotte Lehmann Richard Tauber

Korngold: Die tote Stadt: “Glück das mir verblieb” by Lotte Lehmann and Richard Tauber 1924
Duett Mariette und Paul

For a late acoustic recording this is very well done. I only wish they had recorded it a year or two later electrically to get a more balanced sound between the singers and orchestra. There is some hiss and pops still in this transfer, but the beauty of this masterpiece of a duet by Korngold made me want to transfer it. I think this is one of the most beautiful melodies of all 20th century operas. It just melts the listener as the lush orchestration and voices sweep through the music. Today it is most often heard as a concert piece as a soprano solo, but the duet is how it was intended to be performed.

Korngold deserves much more praise for his operas than he gets today. The Nazis banned his music and he became better known for his American film scores than for his superb operas from the 1920s. Had he been able to stay in Austria one can only imagine what he would have continued to produce.

We are lucky to have this wonderful recording by two amazing artists.

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Nun, hören Sie.
Gluck, das mir verblieb,
Rück zu mir, mein treues Lieb.
Abend sinkt im Haag
Bist mir Licht und Tag.
Bange pochet Herz an Herz.
Hoffnung schwingt sich himmelwärts.
(wie verloren)
Wie wahr, ein traurig Lied.
Das Lied vom treuen Lieb,
Das sterben muß.
(wird aufmerksam)
Was haben Sie?
Ich kenne das Lied.
Ich hört es oft in jungen,
In Schöneren Tagen...
Es hat noch eine Strophe,
Weiß ich sie noch?
(er setzt mechanisch fort. Sie spielt die Laute und fällt
ein. Die Strahlen der untergehenden Sonne überfluten
Naht auch Sorge trüb,
Rück zu mir, mein treues Lieb.
Neig dein blaß Gesicht,
Sterben trennt uns nicht.
Mußt du einmal von mir gehn,
Glaub, es gibt ein Auferstehn.
(läßt erschüttert das Haupt auf die Brust sinken.
Marietta blickt ihn erst befremdet, dann spöttisch
an. Pause.)

English Libretto or Translation:

Well, listen.
Gluck, that remained to me,
Back to me, my faithful love.
Evening falls in the Hague
I am light and day.
Bange pushes heart to heart.
Hope is swinging heavenwards.
(as lost)
How true, a sad song.
The song of the faithful love,
That must die.
(becomes attentive)
What do you have?
I know this song.
I often hear it in boys,
In Nicer days ...
It still has a stanza,
Do I still remember her?
(He continues mechanically.) She plays the lute and falls
on. The rays of the setting sun are flooding
Seam also worry cloudy,
Back to me, my faithful love.
Tilt your pale face,
Dying does not separate us.
Do you ever have to go from me,
Believe, there is a resurgence.
(lets his head sink to his chest in shock.
Marietta looks at him strangely, then mockingly
on. Pause.)

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G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Arias for Soprano Volume 2G. Schirmer Opera Anthology: Diction Coach Arias for Soprano Volume 2

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