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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings "Marietta's Lied", From Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt".

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Illustration: BUZZQUOTES

"Marietta's Lied",
from Die Tote Stadt,
by Korngold.
Sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
[NOTE: You will have to watch and listen to this beautiful rendition on YouTube.]
Available on YouTube at

for comparison,
here is Anne Sofie von Otter.

"Marietta's Lied",
from Die Tote Stadt,
by Korngold.
Sung by Anne Sofie von Otter.
Available on YouTube at

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Illustration: THE DAILY WAFFLE


'Glück, das mir verblieb, rück zu mir, mein treues Lieb.

Abend sinkt im Hag bist mir Licht und Tag.

Bange pochet Herz an Herz

Hoffnung schwingt sich himmelwärts.

Wie wahr, ein traurig Lied. Das Lied vom treuen Lieb, das sterben muss.

Ich kenne das Lied. Ich hört es oft in jungen, in schöneren Tagen.

Es hat noch eine Strophe -- weiß ich sie noch?

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.'

"Happiness that has stayed with me, move up close beside me, my true love.

In the grove evening is waning, yet you are my light and day.

One heart beats uneasily against the other,

[while] hope soars heavenward.

How true, a mournful song. The song of the true love bound to die.

I know this song. I often heard it sung in happier days of yore.

There is yet another stanza - have I still got it in mind?

Though dismal sorrow is drawing nigh, move up close beside me, my true love.

Turn your wan face to me death will not part us.

When the hour of death comes one day, believe that you will rise again."


The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, DBE (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a German-born Austrian/British soprano opera singer and recitalist. She was among the most renowned classical singers of the 20th-Century, much admired for her performances of Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Wolf.

Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf was born in Jarotschin, in the Province of Posen, in Prussia (today, Poland), to Friedrich Schwarzkopf and his wife, Elisabeth (née Fröhlich). Schwarzkopf showed an interest in music from an early age. She performed in her first opera in 1928, as Eurydice in a school production of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice in Magdeburg, Germany. In 1934, Schwarzkopf began her musical studies at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik.

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