Thursday, 3 February 2011

Voi che sapete sung by Frederica von Stade

This is one of my very favourite pieces of music, sung by the woman acknowledged to be the greatest Cherubino ever. It is from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Here are the words:

Voi Che Sapete che cosa e amor
You know what thing is love

donne, vedete s'io l'ho nel cor
ladies, see if I have it in my heart

Quello ch'io provo, vi ridiro
That which I experience, to you I will repeat

E per me nuovo, capir not so
It's new to me; I don't understand it.

Sento un affetto pien di desir,
I feel a longing full of desire,

ch'ora e diletto, ch'ora e martir!
that now is delight, that now is death!

Gelo, e poi sento l'alma avvampar
I freeze, and then I feel the soul burst into flame

e in un momento torno a gelar;
and in a moment I go back to freezing;

ricerco un bene fuori di me,
I search for a blessing outside of me,

non so ch'il tiene, non so cos'e.
I don't know who holds it; I don't know what it is.

Sospiro e gemo senza voler,
I sigh and moan without wishing to,

palpito e tremo senza saper.
I throb and tremble without knowing.

Non trovo pace notte ne di,
Not find I peace night nor day,

ma pur mi piace languir cosi.
but yet me it pleases to pine thus.

Translation thanks to:
G. Schimer, Inc. (c) 1972

1 comment:

  1. Wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing. Absolutely beautiful. :)