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Duino Elegies/The Sonnets to Orpheus

Robert Hunter

Initial release : 1993


Cassette only release of Robert Hunter reading his translations of the works of Rainer Maria Rilke accompanied by Tom Constanten. The translations were also published in book form.


  • Robert Hunter - voice
  • Tom Constanten - piano (Duino Elegies only)

Duino Elegies is a 110 minute cassette of Hunter reading from his translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus with Tom Constanten providing piano interludes. It was distributed with Hunter's printed translation of the work. The Duino Elegies recording may be the same as that releases in 1988.

In an interview in 1988 Hunter described one of the recording sessions for Duino Elegies;

Last night I went into the studio with Tom Constanten and did, by my own estimation, one hell of a reading of those elegies. Boy, they just roared out of me, and Tom was playing Brahms and Chopin and a little bit of Scriabin as background music for it.
Related releases

This cassette was released in conjunction with the book;

Duino Elegies was originally released in book and cassette format in 1988;