The curtain rises to show them lounging in bed together just before daybreak "Wie du warst! Wie du bist". Loud voices are soon heard Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria – Opera Without Words (CD), and the Marschallin has Octavian hide, believing that her husband has returned early from a hunting trip. Ochs has come to ask two favors: he wants to borrow his cousin's notary to write the marriage contract, and he wants her recommendation of a young nobleman to serve as his Rosenkavalier "Knight of the Rose"who will deliver the traditional silver engagement rose to Sophie.
The Marschallin instructs "Mariandel" to fetch Octavian's miniature portrait and present it to the Baron. Ochs easily accepts Octavian as his Rosenkavalier, deciding that the "maid" must be that young count's "bastard sister", then insists that the Marschallin allow "Mariandel" to come and work for his new bride.
She refuses as politely as possible and finally dismisses the "maid". A busy reception scene ensues as the room fills with vendors and supplicants to the Marschallin "Drei arme adelige Waisen"who ignores the former and aids the latter. A tenor sent by the Portuguese ambassador serenades her "Di rigori armato" while Ochs sits down with the notary. Two Italian intriguers, Valzacchi and Annina, present scandal sheets for sale, which the Marschallin coldly declines.
Ochs tries to stipulate a gift from Sophie's family consisting of all their properties, free from mortgages, and quickly loses patience with the notary's attempts to explain that this is illegal. Amidst all the activity, the Marschallin remarks to her hairdresser: "My dear Hippolyte, today you have made me look like an old woman.
This so disturbs her that she orders the room to be emptied. As the people file out, Valzacchi and Annina offer Baron Ochs their spying services. He asks whether they know anything about "Mariandel"; they promptly lie and claim to know all about her. The Marschallin, now alone, ponders her waning youth and the unhappiness of her forced marriage, perceiving the same in store for Sophie Faninal "Da geht er hin Octavian returns, dressed again in men's clothes "Ach, du bist wieder da".
When he sees that the Marschallin is out of sorts, he assumes it is from her earlier fear that he might have been discovered.
But she is still thinking of the passage of time a clock is heard chiming thirteen times and tells him that, very soon, he will leave her for someone younger and prettier. Octavian reacts with frustration, and the Marschallin turns him away. Too late, she realizes that she has neglected to kiss him goodbye. With nothing else to be done, she summons her young page, Mohammed, to take the silver rose to Octavian, then stares pensively into her hand mirror or similar as the curtain falls.
The next day, Herr von Faninal exultantly and Sophie nervously await the arrival of the Rosenkavalier "Ein ernster Tag, ein grosser Tag! Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria – Opera Without Words (CD) tradition, Faninal departs before the Knight appears, saying that he will return with the bridegroom.
Octavian arrives with great pomp, dressed all in silver, and presents the silver rose to Sophie "Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren She smells it, saying it is as sweet as a greeting from Heaven itself. Octavian, instantly smitten, joins her avowal that they will remember this moment until death.
They settle into a chaperoned conversation. Sophie reveals that she already knows Octavian's full name — Octavian Maria Ehrenreich Bonaventura Fernand Hyacinth Rofrano — from studying the catalogue of Austrian nobility to prepare for her marriage. She even knows his nickname: Quinquin, which only intimate friends including the Marschallin call him. She adds that she likes him very much, Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria – Opera Without Words (CD).
Once he leaves the room with Faninal to finalize the marriage contract, Sophie and Octavian quickly agree that she will not marry the Baron under any circumstances. Octavian challenges the Baron to a duel. Ochs runs forward, scratches his arm on the point of Octavian's drawn sword, and screams so that Faninal and the rest of the household come rushing in.
Sophie begs her father to call off the wedding, to no avail: Octavian is asked to leave, and Sophie is sent to her room. Ochs is left on the divan, his arm in a sling, nursing a bottle of port and fantasies of revenge against Octavian. But Annina brings him something that raises his spirits much more quickly: a letter signed by "Mariandel," the "chambermaid" from Act 1, asking for a tryst.
At this, Ochs forgets his sling and waltzes across the stage, ignoring Annina's hints for a tip — and missing her quiet promise to get even "Da lieg' ich! Valzacchi and Annina, fed up with the Baron, help Octavian prepare a trap the following evening.
Elaborate preparations are seen in pantomime before Ochs arrives with "Mariandel," ready for a cozy dinner at a table set for two.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Classical. Hofmannsthal had written the play upon which Strauss based Elektrabut Der Rosenkavalier was their first close collaboration. Notably, Strauss worked many waltzes into the score.
The waltzan early 19th-century creation, was unknown in 18th-century Vienna, but it was a staple in light opera at the beginning of the 20th century. Not all observers were pleased. For example, at La Scala in Milan, purists booed the waltzes, which they viewed as suitable only for dance music. Der Rosenkavalier is dominated by its female vocal parts, although the music for the men is certainly effective.
Their glorious final trio is one of the highlights of the opera and its best-known passage. Strauss loved the trio enough to request that it be performed at his funeral. Octavian hides quickly as a servant comes in with breakfast.
Soon after he returns to bed, there is a clamour in the outer room. The Marschallin recognizes the voice as that of her overbearing and crude cousin, Baron Ochs. She tells Octavian to hide behind the screen and find some clothes. Although he is a nobleman, he has little money, so he intends to marry the young Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria – Opera Without Words (CD) bourgeois Sophie.
According to tradition, he must find a well-born messenger to present a perfumed silver rose to the woman as a marriage proposal. As an Italian tenor sings an aria, Ochs attempts to bully a notary into writing out a marriage contract that will favour him greatly.
After everyone has left, the Marschallin reflects on her lost youth. Octavian returns, in his own clothing, and the Marschallin tells him that sometimes she gets up in the night and stops all the clocks so as to hold time in its place.
She declares that he will one day leave her for a younger woman, Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria – Opera Without Words (CD) he leaves in great distress.
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