Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act II Scena Quarta

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Magnificat, Warren Stewart & Susan Harvey, artistic directors; Judith Nelson, Anima; Paul Hiller, Corpo; Neal Rogers, Andrew Morgan, Hugh Davies, Piacere; The Whole Noyse, Ray Nurse, chitarino; Susan Harvey, harpsichord; Todd Manley, tambourine.

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Piacere, & compagni
Chi gioia vol, chi brama
Gustar spassi, e piacere
Mentre il tempo lo chiama,
Venga, venga, a godere,
Getti gli affanni suoi,
Corra à gioir con noi.

Gli Augelli pargoletti
Cantan sù gli arbuscelli:
I pesci semplicetti
Guizzano pei ruscelli,
E invitano al piacere
Con numerose schiere.

Ridono i prati herbosi,
C'han coloriti i manti:
Le selve, e i boschi ombrosi
Son lieti, e festeggianti:
Ogni piaggia fiorita
A l'allegrezza invita.

Corpo
A questi suoni, e canti,
Alma muover mi sento
Come la foglia al vento.

Anima
Come ti cangi presto?
Stà forte, non temere,
Quest' è falso piacere.

Piacere, & compagni
O canti, ò risi, ò gratiosi amori,
Fresch'acque, prati molli, avre serene,
Grate armonie, che rallegrate i cori,
Conviti, pasti, e saporite cene,

Veste leggiadre, e dilettosi odori,
Trionfi, e feste d'allegrezza piene,
Diletto, gusto, giubilo, e piacere,
Beata l'alma, che vi può godere.

Anima
Non vi cred' io nò, nò,
Li vostri inganni io sò:
Tutte le vostre cose
Che paion dilettose,
Al fin son tutte amare,
Beata l'alma, che ne sà mancare.

Piacere & compagni
Cacciate via i pensieri
Torbidi tristi, e neri,
Aprite, aprite il petto
Al piacer, e al diletto,
Aprite, aprite il core
A la gioia, e à l'amore.
Dolce diletto,
Ch' allegra il petto,
Soave ardore,
Gioia del core.

Anima
Via via false Sirene,
Di frodi, e inganni piene,
Il fin del vostro canto,
Occupa sempre il pianto:
Ogni diletto è breve,
Ma quel, ch' affligerà, finir non deve.

Piacere & compagni
Hor poi che non vi aggrada
La lieta compagnia,
Ce n'andarem per strada,
Dov' altri ci desia:
Verranno à cento, à cento.


Pleasure & companions
Whoever wants to have fun,
whoever is looking for a good time,
come and enjoy yourselves.
While there's still time,
forget your troubles,
come along and have fun with us.

The baby birds
are singing in the trees,
the simple fish
are darting through the brooks,
everything invites
you to pleasure.

The grassy meadows are laughing
in their colorful clothes,
the woods and shady forests
are happy and festive,
every hillside
invites you to be merry.

Body
By this music and singing
Soul, I feel myself moved
like a leaf in the wind.

Spirit
How can you change so quickly?
Stand firm, don't worry,
this is false pleasure.

Pleasure, & companions
O songs, o smiles, o gentle loves,
fresh water, soft meadows, calm breezes,
pleasant music that rejoices the heart,
hearty banquets and delicious dinners,

Pretty clothes and delightful fragrances,
celebrations and merry parties,
delight, savour, joy, and pleasure.
Blessed the soul who can enjoy all these.

Spirit
I don't believe you, no.
I know all your tricks.
Everything you offer
that seems so delightful,
all ends in bitterness.
Blessed the soul, who can do without.

Pleasure & companions
Chase away these troubling thoughts
so sad and dark.
Open, open your breast
to pleasure and delight
Open, open your heart
to joy and love.
Sweet delight
to rejoice the breast,
gentle passions,
joy of the heart.

Spirit
Away, away, false temptors
full of fraud and treachery.
The end of your song
is always weeping.
Your delights are short,
but their consequences never end.

Pleasure & companions
Since our pleasant company
isn't welcome here,
we'll be on our way
to those who will appreciate us.
Their joy will increase a hundredfold.

credits

from Cavalieri Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, released January 6, 1996
Released on Koch International, 1996. Warren Stewart, producer; Peter Nothnagle, engineer. Recorded at St. Vincent's School for Boys, Marinwood CA
October 31-November 3, 1994.

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For 20 years Magnificat has explored the emotionally charged music of the 17th Century, each season bringing together an assembly of internationally recognized musicians to present innovative programs that inspire the imagination. With dramatic flair and sensitivity to historical context, Magnificat imbues each concert with an infectious joy and a delight in musical make-believe. ... more

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