We have Liszt to thank for the title which has clung, with Wagner’s approval, to the last scene of Tristan
. Of course, this would be the last opera that Liszt heard before his death, and it had been close to his heart from its inception. A short phrase taken from the second act duet introduces a transcription of Isolde’s Love-Death which manages to convey not just Wagner, but Liszt’s total admiration of the music which he thought to be the greatest of its time.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990