Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Twang of Doom

Not about harps, although there is a harp in the score -

The most doom-laden twang I know is the last two notes, pizzicato low Gs in the cellos and double-basses, of the Tristan prelude - especially in the 1952 Furtwangler studio recording. You know the outcome of the opera long, long before Isolde's transfiguration.

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