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Dell'alma stanca - Sfere amiche (Niobe Act I Scene XIII) - Jaroussky

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Published on Sep 9, 2012

Agostino Steffani (1654-1728)
Niobe, Regina di Tebe (1688)

Act I. Scene XIII.

Philippe Jaroussky, Anfione
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, dir. Paul O'Dette and Steven Stubbs

Live recording
Boston Early Music Festival 2011

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Picture:
Set Model for Act I. by Gilbert Blin, photo by Rémy-Michel Trotier

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ANFIONE
Dell'Alma stanca à raddolcir le tempre,
Cari Asili di Pace à voi ritorno:
Fuggite pur fuggite
Da questo seno o de Regali fasti
Cure troppo moleste, egri pensieri;
Che val più de gl'Imperi
In solitaria soglia, & humil Manto
Scioglier dal Cor non agitato il Canto.

Sfere amiche hor date al Labro
L'Armonia de vostri giri.
E' posando il Fianco lasso,
Habbi moto il Tronco, il sasso
Da miei placidi respiri,
Sfere, &c.

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Translation by Ellen Hargis:

To refresh my tired Soul
I return to you, dear sanctuaries of Peace.
Flee, flee then
From this breast, oh cares of Royal pomp,
Troubling, sick thoughts;
For it is better to release the Song
From an easy Heart, in solitary habitation
And humble Clothing, than from the Throne.

Friendly spheres, now give my Lips
The Harmony of your rotation.
And resting my weary Limbs
May the Tree, the Stone, have motion
From my peaceful breathing.
Friendly spheres, etc.

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