Friday, 7 October 2011

Soave sia il vento - Mozart

Well, Lou Reed and Andrea Corr are one thing, but I heard this on the radio this morning, and I wondered whether perhaps it is the most beautiful thing in the world. This is from Cosi Fan Tutte. I'm not an opera buff in any way, shape or form, but I've heard Puccini and Wagner and Verdi, and they're all wonderful in their own ways, but they ain't Mozart.

Soave sia il vento,

Tranquilla sia l'onda,

Ed ogni elemento

Benigno risponda

Ai nostri {vostri) desir.

Gentle is the wind,

Calm is the wave,

And every one of the elements

Answer warmly

To our (your) desire.

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