[Met Performance] CID:99050
Tristan und Isolde {179} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 03/29/1928.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
March 29, 1928 Matinee


TRISTAN UND ISOLDE {179}

Tristan.................Walter Kirchhoff
Isolde..................Gertrude Kappel
Kurwenal................Clarence Whitehill
Brangäne................Karin Branzell
King Marke..............Michael Bohnen
Melot...................Arnold Gabor
Sailor's Voice..........Max Bloch
Shepherd................George Meader
Steersman...............Louis D'Angelo

Conductor...............Artur Bodanzky

Review of Francis D. Perkins in the New York Tribune

'Tristan' Matinee Closes Season's Wagner Cycle

Memorable Performance Again Features Gertrude Kappel

The season's Matinee Wagner Cycle was brought to a close yesterday afternoon with a performance of "Tristan und Isolde," the fourth representation of that work since Gertrude Kappel first disclosed her remarkable Isolde to New York in January.

Mme. Kappel was again the Isolde at yesterday's performance and, again, she moved her audience profoundly by the beauty and expressiveness of her impersonation. Especially in her conveyance of the final scene - in which she was seconded by the deeply felt conducting of Mr. Bodanzky - did Mme. Kappel stir her hearers by the exalted pathos, the spiritual illumination, which she captured from the marvelous music and made a living part of her embodiment.

Walther Kirchhoff, whose Tristan was heard here last season, caught admirably the mood of difficult reserve that shapes the character in the first act. But as the transported lover of the second and the delirious agonist of the third, he was somewhat less persuasive.

Mme. Branzell as Brangäne, Mr. Whitehill as Kurvenal, and Mr. Bohnen as King Mark contributed familiar impersonations to a performance that moved often upon a high plane of tragic eloquence. It is a pleasure to pay special tribute to Mr. Bodanzky's conducting of the "Liebestod," which he read with a breadth and tenderness that he has seldom surpassed.

The fine audience, which has been one of the distinctions of the Wagner Cycle performances this season, was justly enthusiastic.



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