Mozart concert (Cecilia Bartoli and Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

A Mozart concert – arias and Symphony No.38 (popularly known as the Prague Symphony). Soloist: Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Programme

  1. 0:01:08 Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217[1]
  2. 0:08:50 Vado, ma dove?, K.583[2]
  3. 0:13:33 Giunse alfin il momento, Al desìo di chi t’adora, K.577 (Susanna’s aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro”)[3]
  4. 0:22:20 Un moto di gioia mi sento, K.579 (Susanna’s aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro”)[4]
  5. 0:27:05 Bella mia fiamma, addio!, K.528[5]
  6. 0:39:50 Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 (Prague)[6]

Concentus Musicus Wien (CMW) is an Austrian baroque music ensemble based in Vienna. The CMW is recognized as being a progenitor of the period-instrument performance movement.

Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his wife, violinist Alice Harnoncourt co-founded the CMW in 1953, along with several musicians from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The CMW did research and rehearsal for 4 years before their first official concert; although the ensemble made its ‘unofficial’ debut at the Konzerthaus, Vienna in 1954 with a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, the CMW’s first public concert was in May 1957 at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna. The CMW gave a regular concert series at the Schwarzenberg Palace from 1958 to 1962. The CMW made its formal debut in the Mozart-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus in February 1962, and performed concerts regularly there until 1971. The CMW staged its first opera at the 1971 Wiener Festwochen with Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. The CMW’s first concert at the Musikverein, Vienna, was in 1973. The orchestra has continued to perform regularly at the Musikverein since then. Nikolaus Harnoncourt directed the ensemble from the cello until 1987, and has continued to lead the CMW as its conductor and artistic director.

Notes

  1. Voi avete un cor fedele lyrics (Italian & English translation)
    Voi avete un cor fedele, (You have a faithful heart)
    Come amante appassionato: (like a passionate lover)
    Ma mio sposo dichiarato, (But my husband would say)
    Che farete? cangerete? (What will he do? Will he change?)
    Dite, allora che sarà? (Tell me, what happens then?)
    Manterrete fedeltà? (Will you stay loyal?)

    Ah! non credo. (Ah, I think not.)
    Già prevedo, (I already foresee)
    Mi potreste corbellar. (You’d could diddle me.)
    Non ancora, (Not yet)
    Non per ora, (Not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)

    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)
    Non ancora, Non per ora, (Not yet, not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)

    Che farete? cangerete? (What will he do? Will he change?)
    Voi avete un cor fedele, (You have a faithful heart)
    Come amante appassionato: (like a passionate lover)
    Ma mio sposo dichiarato, (But my husband would say)
    Che farete? cangerete? (What will he do? Will he change?)
    Dite, allora che sarà? (Tell me, what happens then?)
    Manterrete fedeltà? (Will you stay loyal?)

    Ah! non credo. (Ah, I think not.)
    Già prevedo, (I already foresee)
    Mi potreste corbellar. (You’d could diddle me.)
    Non ancora, (Not yet)
    Non per ora, (Not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)

    Ma mio sposo dichiarato, (But my husband would say)
    Che farete? cangerete? (What will he do? Will he change?)
    Dite, allora che sarà? (Tell me, what happens then?)
    Manterrete fedeltà? (Will you stay loyal?)

    Ah! non credo. (Ah, I think not.)
    Già prevedo, (I already foresee)
    Mi potreste corbellar. (You’d could diddle me.)
    Non ancora, (Not yet)
    Non per ora, (Not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)

    Voi avete un cor fedele, (You have a faithful heart)
    Come amante appassionato: (like a passionate lover)

    Non ancora, (Not yet)
    Non per ora, (Not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)
    Non ancora, Non per ora, (Not yet, not right now)
    Non mi vuò di voi fidar. (I’m not going to trust you.)

  2. Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei! lyrics (Italian & English translation)
    Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei! (I go, but where? Oh Gods!)
    Se de’ tormenti suoi, (For your torments)
    se de’ sospiri miei (For my sighs)
    non sente il ciel pietà! (Does heaven feel no pity?)
    Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei! (I go, but where? Oh Gods!)
    Se de’ tormenti suoi, (For your torments)
    se de’ sospiri miei (For my sighs)
    non sente il ciel pietà! (Does heaven feel no pity?)
    Se de’ tormenti suoi, (For your torments)
    se de’ sospiri miei (For my sighs)
    non sente il ciel pietà! (Does heaven feel no pity?)

    Tu che mi parli al core, (You, who speak to my heart)
    Guida i miei passi, amore; (guide my steps, love;)
    Tu quel ritegno or togli (Your checks or warnings)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)

    Tu che mi parli al core, (You, who speak to my heart)
    Guida i miei passi, amore; (guide my steps, love;)
    Tu quel ritegno or togli (Your checks or warnings)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)
    Che dubitar, che dubitar mi fa. (doubt, doubt myself)
    Che dubitar, che dubitar mi fa. (doubt, doubt myself)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)
    Che dubitar mi fa. (Make me doubt myself)

  3. The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro), K. 492, is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The opera’s libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (first performed in 1784).

    The Marriage of Figaro is now regarded as a cornerstone of the standard operatic repertoire, and it appears among the top ten at the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.

    Deh vieni, non tardar (Susanna’s aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro”)

    Italian

    Giunse alfìn il momento
    Che godrò senza affanno
    In braccio all’idol mio. Timide cure,
    Uscite dal mio petto,
    A turbar non venite il mio diletto!

    Oh, come par che all’amoroso foco
    L’amenità del loco,
    La terra e il ciel risponda,
    Come la notte i furti miei seconda!

    Al desìo di chi t’adora,
    Vieni, vola, o mia speranza!

    Morirò, se indarno ancora
    Tu mi lasci sospirar.

    Le promesse, i giuramenti,
    Deh! rammenta, o mio tesoro!

    E i momenti di ristoro
    Che mi fece Amor sperar!

    Ah! ch’io mai più non resisto
    All’ardor che in sen m’accende!
    Chi d’amor gli affetti intende,
    Compatisca il mio penar.

    English translation

    At last comes the moment
    When, without reserve,
    I can rejoice in my lover’s arms. Timid scruples,
    Hence from my heart,
    And do not come to trouble my delight!

    Oh, how the spirit of this place,
    The earth and the sky, seem
    To echo the fire of love,
    How the night furthers my stealth!

    Come, hurry, my beloved,
    To the desires of the one who adores you!

    I shall die if you leave me
    Still to sigh in vain.

    The promises, and vows;
    (Of) those! Remember, my darling!

    And those moments of solace,
    Which love made me hope for!

    Ah, I can no longer resist
    The passion that is burning in my heart!
    Let those who understands the pains of love,
    Have sympathy with my suffering.

  4. Un moto di gioia (Susanna’s aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro”)

    Italian

    Un moto di gioia
    Mi sento nel petto,
    Che annunzia diletto
    In mezzo il timor!

    Speriam che in contento
    Finisca l’affanno
    Non sempre è tiranno
    Il fato ed amor.

    Di pianti di pene
    Ognor non si pasce,
    Talvolta poi nasce
    Il ben dal dolor:

    E quando si crede
    Più grave il periglio,
    Brillare si vede
    La calma maggior.

    English translation

    An emotion of joy
    I feel in my heart
    that says happiness is coming
    in spite of my fears.

    Let us hope that the worry
    will end in contentment.
    Fate and love are
    not always tyrants.

    From weeping, from pain
    one cannot always live
    Sometimes then is born
    a good thing out of sorrow.

    And when one believes
    the danger is greatest,
    one sees shining
    a greater calm.

  5. Bella mia fiamma, addio!, K.528

    Italian

    Bella mia fiamma, addio!
    Non piacque al cielo di renderci felici.
    Ecco reciso, prima d’esser compito,
    quel purissimo nodo, che strinsero
    fra lor gl’animi nostri con il solo voler.
    Vivi: Cedi al destin, cedi al dovere.
    Della giurata fede la mia morte t’assolve.
    A più degno consorte … O pene!
    unita vivi più lieta e più felice vita.
    Ricordati di me, ma non mai turbi
    d’un felice sposo la rara
    rimembranza il tuo riposo.

    Regina, io vado ad ubbidirti
    Ah, tutto finisca il mio furor col morir mio.
    Cerere, Alfeo, diletta sposa, addio!

    Resta, o cara, acerba morte mi separa
    Oh Dio….. da te!

    Prendi cura di sua sorte,
    consolarla almen procura.

    Vado . . . ahi lasso!
    Addio, addio per sempre.
    Quest’affanno, questo passo
    è terribile per me.
    Ah! Dov’è il tempio, dov’è l’ara?
    Vieni, affretta la vendetta!

    Questa vita così amara
    più soffribile non è!

    English translation

    Light of my life, farewell!
    Heaven did not intend our happiness.
    Before the knot was tied,
    those pure strands were severed that bound
    our spirits in a single will.
    Live: Yield to fate and to your duty.
    My death absolves you from your promise.
    O grief! United to a more worthy consort
    you will have a happier, more joyous life.
    Remember me, but never let stray
    thoughts of an unhappy lover
    disturb your rest.

    Majesty, I go in obedience to your will…
    Ah, let death put an end to my raving.
    Ceres, Alpheus, beloved heart, farewell!

    Stay, dear heart, cruel death tears me away
    O God….from you!

    Look after her,
    comfort her at last.

    I go … alas!
    Farewell, farewell for evermore.
    This anguish, this step
    is hard for me to bear.
    Ah! Where is the temple, where is the altar?
    Dear heart, farewell forever!

    A life as bitter as this
    can be borne no longer!

  6. The Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in late 1786. It was premiered in Prague on January 19, 1787, during Mozart’s first visit to the city. Because it was first performed in Prague, it is popularly known as the Prague Symphony.

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