July 6, 2013
If Wagner had heard Birgit Nilsson singing Isolde’s Liebestod (Death for love), he wouldn’t have allowed any other soprano to sing it. I’m really certain of this, it doesn’t matter how long ago she sung it, how many other fabulous singers do great versions of this piece today… she’s THE ONE. The closest to perfection that we can get. Her legato, those long phrases, her powerful high notes, her passion, rhythmic and pitch precision, dynamic resources, diction… She just makes me believe that she’s actually entering the new dimension where life and death don’t have any meaning at all, because all that matters is LOVE.
My favorite version of my favorite Wagner piece. Open wide your heart and enjoy!
Featured image: Tristan and Isolde ©Jean Delville