Handel, Tra le fiamme, HWV 170

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Ensemble La Risonanza; Fabio Bonizzoni, director (Glossa, 2005).

1. Tra le fiamme

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Tra le fiamme tu scherzi per gioco, O mio core, per farti felice, e t’inganna una vaga beltà.
Cadon mille farfalle nel foco, e si trova una sola fenice, che risorge se a morte sen va.

Among the flames you playfully dart, O my heart, to make you happy, and are deceived by a fine beauty.
A thousand butterflies fall into the fire, but there is only one phoenix, which rises from death.

2. Dedalo già le fortunate penne

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Dedalo già le fortunate penne tessa con mano ardita e con tenera cera piuma a piuma aggiungea.
Icaro, il fanciulletto sovente confondea l’ingengnoso lavoro; Ah, cosi mai trattato non avesse e cera e piume:
Per chi non nacque augello il volare è portento il cader è costume.

Daedalus once, with crafty hands weaved fortunate wings out of soft wax to which feather to feather is added.
Icarus, the young child confused the cunning work; Ah, so he should never have treated wax and feathers in this way:
For those not born a bird, flying is a miracle and falling is customary.

3. Pien di nuovo e bel diletto

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Pien di nuovo e bel diletto, sciolse l’ali il giovinetto, e con l’aure già scherzando.
Ma del volo si gradito troppo ardito l’onda ancore va mormorando.

Full of new and lovely enjoyment, the young boy melted the wings, while darting in the breezes.
But the flight so pleasing but too bold is still talked about by the murmuring waves.

4. Sì, sì purtroppo è vero

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Sì, sì purtroppo è vero: nel temerario volo molti gl’lcari son, Dedalo un solo.

Yes, yes it is unfortunately true: there are many flying daringly like Icarus, but only one Daedalus.

5. Voli per l’aria

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Voli per l’aria chi può volare scorra veloce la terra il mare parta, ritorni né fermi il piè.
Voli ancor l’uomo ma coi pensieri che delle piume ben più leggeri e più sublimi il ciel gli diè.

Fly through the air whoever wishes to do so rushing through land and sea, starting and stopping without returning to the foot.
Man may fly, but with thoughts far lighter and sublime than the wings that heaven gave him.

6. L’uomo, che nacque per salire

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L’uomo che nacque per salire al cielo, ferma il pensier nel suolo, e poi dispone il volo con ali che si finge, e in sè non ha.

The man born to ascend to heaven, leaves his thoughts on the ground, and then has flight with pretend wings, that he was not born with.

7. Tra le fiamme (reprisa)

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[L’aria prima da capo.]

 

11. July 2012 by Matthew Hall
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