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Claudio Monteverdi – Zefiro Torna; Thomas Cooley and Christopher LeCluyse, Voices of Music


Claudio Monteverdi – Zefiro Torna; Thomas Cooley and Christopher LeCluyse, Voices of Music

Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti
l’aer fa grato e’il pié discioglie a l’onde
e, mormoranda tra le verdi fronde,
fa danzar al bel suon su’l prato i fiori.
Inghirlandato il crin Fillide e Clori
note temprando lor care e gioconde
e da monti e da valli ime e profonde
raddoppian l’armonia gli antri canori.
Sorge più vaga in ciel l’aurora, e’l sole,
sparge più luci d’or; più puro argento
fregia di Teti il bel ceruleo manto.

Sol io, per selve abbandonate e sole,
l’ardor di due belli occhi e’l mio tormento,
come vuol mia ventura, hor piango hor canto.

The Western Wind returns, and with gentle touch
Renews the air and sweeps his foot across the waves
And makes the green branches sing softly
Makes the flowers of the field dance the sweet sound;
Crowns with garlands Phyllis and Chloris
Tempers their love with just note and accent,
From mountains high and valleys deep
And from caverns that echo with harmony
Dawn soars into the heavens, and the sun
Radiates beams of gold, and purest silver
Adorns the azure cloak of Thetis.
But I, abandoned and alone,
Sing and weep for the two beautiful eyes
That are my torment and fate.

Translated by David Tayler

Voices of Music
Thomas Cooley and Christopher LeCluyse, tenors
Carla Moore and Katherine Kyme, baroque violins
Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello
Katherine Heater, chamber organ
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord
David Tayler, baroque guitar

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 3 March, 2017

 

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