Happy Birthday, Mister Handel

>> Tuesday, February 23, 2010


George Fredric Handel 
23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759

Beloved wife, lover beloved, where are you?
Ah! My wrath returns!
In the altar of your dark Érebos,
with the force of my indignation,
I challenge you, oh unworthy spirits!

Cara Sposa, an aria from his opera, Rinaldo, which he regarded as one of his favorites.


Abendempfindung: For Kathy

>> Sunday, February 21, 2010


In memory of Aunt Ethel.

Evening it is; the sun has vanished,
And the moon streams with silver rays;
Thus flee Life's fairest hours,
Flying away as if in a dance.

Soon away will fly Life's colorful scenes,
And the curtain will come rolling down;
Done is our play, the tears of a friend
Flow already over our grave.

Soon, perhaps (the thought gently arrives like the west wind -
A quiet foreboding)
I will part from life's pilgrimage,
And fly to the land of rest.

If you will then weep over my grave,
Gaze mournfully upon my ashes,
Then, o Friends, I will appear
And waft you all heavenward.

And You [my beloved], bestow also a little tear on me,
And pluck me a violet for my grave,
And with your soulful gaze,
Look then gently down on me.

Consecrate a tear for me, and ah!
Do not be ashamed to cry;
Those tears will be in my diadem
then: the fairest pearls!


I want to crown you with roses

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010


Vieni ben mio, ti vola fronte in coronar di rose!

Alison Hagley, Soprano
John Eliot Gardner, Conductor

Act IV, Le Nozze di Figaro



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