That is an English horn I believe. It's supposed to sound like a shepherd's pipe, doesn't really, but who cares?I just think its incredible.
The prelude, Isolde's scene on the ship, the love duet and duel, the opening of act 3 with the clarinet or whatever it is, Tristans mad scene and then the liebestod.
Ironically, the ending would have been much less satisfying if this had happened. It is the fact that Tristan dies that inspires Isolde's Liebestod, the most joyful moment in the opera. Greater darkness gives birth to greater joy.Well, of course, they could have lived happily ever after!
How could Isolde have fallen in love with a man she had just hated without taking it? It's fascinating to me that Isolde wanted to take that death potion, but instead received the love potion. Wagner symbolically equates them with each other. Would Isolde have loved Tristan without the potion? Probably not, but ultimately this doesn't matter because the potion chose her.Would it have been a better story without the potion?
Why don't I have this?!Yes it is a magnificent remaster by Pristine XR, even though the EMI is good mono studio sound it is easily surpassed in all respects by Pristine XR with ambient stereo......you have never heard Flagstad sound this good, so much insight into her vocal technique and tonal shadings, essential buy
Same comments for 50 Furtwangler Ring (la scala) with Flagstad's Brunnhilde performance, amazing sound quality now in Pristine XR