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Duino Elegies

Robert Hunter

Initial release : 1988


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


  • Robert Hunter - voice
  • Tom Constanten - piano

Duino Elegies is a 40 minute cassette of Hunter reading from his translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies with Tom Constanten providing piano interludes. It was distributed with Hunter's printed translation of the work.

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;

The recording of Duino Elegies was subsequently reissued in book and cassette format together with Hunter's readings from his translation of Rilke's Sonnets To Orpheus;