10. February 2014 · Comments Off on Si dolce è’l tormento & Ohime ch’io cado · Categories: Videos

I love it when record labels (do we still call them that?) put music videos on YouTube. My assumption is that they want us to share. Hope that’s true! If you have never experienced L’Arpeggiata or Philippe Jaroussky … or (horrors!) either … I highly recommend checking this out. Even if you have experienced them … have a listen. The first work in this is just wonderful!

From the YouTube page:
Christina Pluhar & L’Arpeggiata with Philippe Jaroussky “Si dolce” (album Teatro d’Amore).
Album available here: http://bit.ly/Teatrodamore
L’Arpeggiata explores music by Claudio Monteverdi, blending instruments and voices including those of countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Núria Rial in a kind of intoxicating baroque jam session. It includes the final duet from L’incoronazione di Poppea, often cited as one of the most sensuous and beautiful love scenes in all opera.

Translation of Si dolce, via Wikipedia:

So sweet is the torment
that lies in my heart,
that I live happily
because of its cruel beauty.
May beauty’s fury
grow wide in the sky
without compassion;
for my devotion shall hold
like a rock against
pride’s unrelenting wave.

False hope,
keep me wandering!
let no peace
nor pleasure befall me!
Evil woman, whom I adore,
deny me the rest
that compassion would give;
amidst infinite pain,
amidst broken hopes
shall survive my devotion.

There is no rest for me
in the warmth or the cold.
Only in heaven
shall I find rest.
If the deadly strike
of an arrow injured my heart,
I shall heal still,
and change my destiny,
death’s very heart
with the same arrow.

If the frigid heart
that stole mine
never has felt
love’s ardour;
if the cruel beauty
that charmed my soul
denies me compassion,
may she die one day
by me pained,
repenting, languishing.

For the translation of the second work go here.

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