Polifemo "Alto Giove"
Aci's aria from the act III, sc. 5
Text: Paolo Rolli
Forces: Soprano, strings & continuo
In part from the website 'Cantata Editions' (www.cantataeditions.com):
''The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jupiter for making him immortal. In two sections, the beautiful lento with its slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section."
Austrian sopranist (formerly a Vienna Boy's Choir member) Arno Raunig's recording is the only version I could find that shows the piece in its original 'da capo' form, complete with the andantino part. It is also interesting to hear the aria with only piano accompaniment.
In this recording:
Arno Raunig, sopranist
Paul Weigold, piano
Alto Giove, è tua grazia,
è tuo vanto il gran dono
di vita immortale
che il tuo cenno sovrano mi fa.
Translation (by Marc D.):
Almighty Jupiter, your grace
and your fame are the great gift
that you give me in a sovereign gesture.