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Opera/Figlio Perduto


Donna wrote at 2006-12-23 18:29:32
Interestingly enough, I believe this is the music that backs up the last scene in the movie 'Zardoz' with Sean Connery.

Verve wrote at 2009-06-07 18:58:25
Just a quick answer: The lyrics are the translation of "Der Erlkönig", which is a very famous poem by Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe an Schubert made a song out of this.

And, yes - the English translation is simply horrible!  

Chenova wrote at 2011-03-12 22:00:33
The original title of the song is Allegretto, Beethoven Symphony number 7, 2nd movement.  The title "Figlio Perduto" is a modern title with modern lyrics by Chiara Ferrau.

JoAnne Manse wrote at 2012-05-29 15:06:35
Goethe's poem deals with the affects of fear. The child imagines the elf king in the dark of night. The father tries to assuage his fears but as the child becomes more frantic, the father gets wrapped up in the child's fears. He rides home desperately but the child has already been taken by fear and its power. See "The Rocking Horse Winner" by DH Lawrence, also.

Brit.Silver.Fox wrote at 2015-05-29 00:40:02
I've been listening to Maria Callas' version; which I find preferable.  Most Sarah Brightman tracks are great; crystal clear, pure, almost angelic - however I feel La Grande Dama has her licked in spades on this one - sorry! The Orchestration is Or-some, too!!


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Mike Leone


I have a special affinity for Italian opera, but I also have a lot of experience with French and German opera. I know somewhat less about opera from countries other than these, although there are some exceptions. My main area of interest is the period 1775-1925, although there are a few baroque and modern works that I love.


I've been listening to opera since 1963 and have amassed a large collection of recorded opera during those years. My interest here spans the entire history of recorded opera, going back to its very earliest days.

I have published a couple of lengthy reviews and a tribute to Mario del Monaco in Immortal Performances, have had some letters appear in Fanfare and have several reviews on

B.A., University of Maryland 1973, M.A., University of Texas 1975, J.D., University of Houston 1998 (none of these degrees are in music).

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