10 January 2008

Zednik, Weikl and Hofmann in Tristan (1981)

I apologize for the quality, but fans of Leonard Bernstein, Heinz Zednik, Bernd Weikl and Peter Hofmann will appreciate this archive footage from the recording of Tristan und Isolde in 1981.

I saw Bernd Weikl as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg during the summer festival in Munich one year after this recording was made. What a wonderful Sachs he was in those days! When I think of it, the cast couldn't have been much better, with Lucia Popp as Eva, Peter Schreier as David, René Kollo as Walther, Kurt Moll as Pogner and the hilariously funny Hans Günter Nöcker as Beckmesser.

The three acts of the opera were performed two times each in the Herkulessaal in Munich and then polished, thus making the recording a mixture of live and studio recording.

Tristan (Peter Hofmann) is on his death bed. His friend Kurwenal (Bernd Weikl) and a shepherd (Heinz Zednik) are talking as they are awaiting Isolde's arrival.

Heinz Zednik, otherwise a master of irony and comedy, shows another side here, singing the shepherd with beautiful sincerety.

This clip contains the wonderful melancholic solo passage played by the shepherd (English horn).

The finished product should IMHO be in every wagnerians CD collection:

Read more about Leonard Bernsteins recording of Tristan und Isolde
English horn (cor anglais)
Heinz Zednik (Wikipedia)
Bernd Weikl (Wikipedia)
Peter Hofmann (Wikipedia)
Leonard Bernstein (Wikipedia)

The text from this opening scene of Tristan und Isolde, act 3:

Eine andre Weise
hörtest du dann,
so lustig, als ich sie nur kann.
Nun sag auch ehrlich,
alter Freund:
was hat's mit unserm Herrn?

Laß die Frage:
du kannst's doch nie erfahren.
Eifrig späh,
und siehst du ein Schiff,
so spiele lustig und hell!

Öd und leer das Meer!

Die alte Weise ---
was weckt sie mich?


Wo bin ich?

Ha! Diese Stimme!
Seine Stimme!
Tristan, Herre!
Mein Held, mein Tristan!

Wer ruft mich?

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