Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde (1953)


"So there I sat in the topmost gallery of the Berlin Opera House, and from the first sound of the cellos my heart contracted spasmodically... Never before has my soul been deluged with such floods of sound and passion, never had my heart been consumed by such yearning and sublime bliss... A new epoch had begun: Wagner was my god, and I wanted to become his prophet." -Bruno Walter


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  1. what about the part where you post good music. guess that act hasnt started yet

  2. Murphey says:

    That's one hell of a review. I wonder if that's how hipsters feel about Kid A...

  3. Hipsters don't actually like Kid A

    no one likes Kid A, not even Thom Yorke

    its a fucking shit album and everyone is pretending to like it

  4. jc says:

    just like you pretend to like classical amirite?

  5. good thing you didnt review this album or you would be talking about your gay dick sucking experiences in the bedroom whilst listening to wagner

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  7. Epic shit. Nietzsche's fave.

  8. Wagner is fantastic, opera and all. Tristan und Isolde was way ahead of its time and should be more famous, but the Ride of the Valkyries is probably the better known Wagner piece.

    Now if only hip-hop artists would stop using classical music and pretending it was their original beat.

  9. Weston says:

    Golden, can you please just not post if you're going to be a massive asshat in every comment

  10. nah, that's what he does

  11. treats says:

    jellopudding-kun is your worst new writer, btw

  12. lol enjoy your half-assed dubstep remix beat collab bootleg tapes that anyone could make in ableton in 10 minutes

  13. treats says:

    @jellopudding-kun i listen to some of the stuff you listen to as well, i'm not strictly into electronic stuff. i just hate it when people find the need to incessantly bag on other people's shit for no real reason, except to bag on it. if you don't like it, then don't be such a dick about it and just say so.

  14. treats like beeps jello likes numerous expansions of harmonic practice; for instance, one significant innovation is the frequent use of two consecutive triads with roots lying a tritone (diminished fifth or augmented fourth) apart.[citation needed] Tristan und Isolde is also notable for its use of harmonic suspension -- a device used by a composer to create musical tension by exposing the listener to a series of prolonged unfinished cadences, thereby inspiring a desire and expectation on the part of the listener for musical resolution.[12] While suspension is a common compositional device (in use since before the Renaissance), Wagner was one of the first composers to employ harmonic suspension over the course of an entire work. The cadences first introduced in the Prelude are not resolved until the finale of Act 3, and, on a number of occasions throughout the opera, Wagner primes the audience for a musical climax with a series of chords building in tension—only to deliberately defer the anticipated resolution. One particular example of this technique occurs at the end of the love duet in Act 2 ("Wie sie fassen, wie sie lassen...") where Tristan and Isolde gradually build up to a musical (perhaps sexual) climax, only to have the expected resolution destroyed by the dissonant interruption of Kurwenal ("Rette Dich, Tristan!"). The long-awaited completion of this cadence series arrives only in the final Liebestod, during which the musical resolution (at "In des Welt-Atems wehendem All") coincides with the moment of Isolde's death.[13]

    The tonality of Tristan was to prove immensely influential in western Classical music. Wagner's use of musical colour also influenced the development of film music. Bernard Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Vertigo, is heavily reminiscent of the Liebestod, most evident concerning the resurrection scene. The opening of Tristan und Isolde was added to Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's Surrealist film Un chien andalou. Not all composers, however, reacted favourably: Claude Debussy's piano piece "Golliwog's Cakewalk" mockingly quotes the gloomy "Tristan Chord" in the middle of a lighthearted piece.



    can u see the difference

  15. treats likes beeps jello likes numerous expansions of harmonic practice; for instance, one significant innovation is the frequent use of two consecutive triads with roots lying a tritone (diminished fifth or augmented fourth) apart.[citation needed] Tristan und Isolde is also notable for its use of harmonic suspension -- a device used by a composer to create musical tension by exposing the listener to a series of prolonged unfinished cadences, thereby inspiring a desire and expectation on the part of the listener for musical resolution.[12] While suspension is a common compositional device (in use since before the Renaissance), Wagner was one of the first composers to employ harmonic suspension over the course of an entire work. The cadences first introduced in the Prelude are not resolved until the finale of Act 3, and, on a number of occasions throughout the opera, Wagner primes the audience for a musical climax with a series of chords building in tension—only to deliberately defer the anticipated resolution. One particular example of this technique occurs at the end of the love duet in Act 2 ("Wie sie fassen, wie sie lassen...") where Tristan and Isolde gradually build up to a musical (perhaps sexual) climax, only to have the expected resolution destroyed by the dissonant interruption of Kurwenal ("Rette Dich, Tristan!"). The long-awaited completion of this cadence series arrives only in the final Liebestod, during which the musical resolution (at "In des Welt-Atems wehendem All") coincides with the moment of Isolde's death.[13]

    can u see the differnce

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  18. semtexlol says:

    hey guys sorry im late

    what happened here

  19. May 0:} says:

    It doesn't get any better than this.....unless you REALLY fucking love music, that is.....You can find a 936 MB FLAC (FLAC = LOSSLESS) download of this amazing recording at: idontcareaboutsleep.blogspot.com.

    As much as I love this site, I feel that providing anything short of the best sound files does such a disservice to both a peerless performance and TRUE fucking music lovers everywhere. Anywho...

    Just the facts, ma'am.

    :)

  20. (only cool person here) ^^^ thats right, physically and mentally suffering, with more and more ailments compunding, the drugs pilling up, relationships deteriorating Wagner was still one of Nietzsche's only reliefs and then eventually soucres of deadly pain as well as motivator.. Fucking Heilz!!!

  21. PARTS 3-4 DONT WORK GOOD SIR :( BOO FUCKING HOO FOR REAL

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