Friday, 28 December 2012

'Pur ti miro', by Claudio Monteverdi

Musical version:


Duet version:

From Wikipedia:


Pur ti miro is a duet from the opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Busenello . The duet act opera when Poppaea and Nero sing of their love for each other, and is a crucial dramatic climax, although it is virtually certain that the piece was written not by Monteverdi but by Benedetto Ferrari .

Pur Ti Miro, Pur ti stringo,
pur ti godo, pur t’annodo
più non peno, più non moro,
O mia vita, o mio tesoro.
Io son tua, speme mia
dillo dí l’idol mio,
tu sei pur, si mio ben,
Si mio cor, mi a vita

English:
I adore you, I embrace you,
I desire you, I enchain you,
no more grieving, no more sorrow,
O my dearest, O my beloved.
I am yours, O my love,
tell me so, you are mine,
mine alone, O my love.
Feel my heart, see my love, see.


Masquerade Suite (Waltz), by Aram Khachaturian


From Wikipedia:


The Incidental music to Masquerade was written in 1941 by Aram Khachaturian for a production of Russian poet and playwright Mikhail Lermontov's play of the same name. It premiered on 21 June 1941 in the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow. It is better known in the form of a five-movement suite.

Later, in 1944, Khachaturian extracted five movements to make a symphonic suite. The movements are:

  1. Waltz
  2. Nocturne
  3. Mazurka
  4. Romance
  5. Galop.

Love Actually - Glasgow Theme


From Wikipedia:


Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are shown to be interlinked as their tales progress. The ensemble cast is composed predominantly of British actors.

Set primarily in London, the film begins five weeks before Christmas and is played out in a weekly countdown until the holiday, followed by an epilogue that takes place one month later.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Islamic nasheed: 'Your Beauty' by Hamza Robertson


Lyrics:

Brighter than the sun
Fairer than the moon
Your beauty is so dazzling

Bigger than the sea
Higher than the clouds
Your soul is so enlightening

What Id give to see your face
Beaming with so much grace

Brighter than the sun
Fairer than the moon
Your beauty is so dazzling
Bigger than the sea
Higher than the clouds
Your soul is so enlightening (x2)


CHORUS:
Ya Mawlay, ya Mawlay Salli 'ala Taha (x2)
husnu Ahmadal Bashir
Akhjalal badral munir

Will I be from those
You welcome with a smile
As you call your nation
Come to my side

Or will I see you frown
And then turn away
I did let you down
I forgot this Day

What Id give to see your face
Beaming with so much grace

Brighter than the sun
Fairer than the moon
Your beauty is so dazzling

Bigger than the sea
Higher than the clouds
Your soul is so enlightening

CHORUS

Bridge:
Ya Habiba Allah
Ya Safiyya Allah
'Alayka Salatu Allah
Wa Salamu Allah


Your smile is so bright
It lits up the dark night
Brought mercy and light
To my waiting heart

I know that Im weak
Of my sins I can speak
Your mercy I seek
Though Im not worthy

What Id give to see your face
Beaming with so much grace

Brighter than the sun
Fairer than the moon
Your beauty is so dazzling

Bigger than the sea
Higher than the clouds
Your soul is so enlightening

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Carnival of the Animals, Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns

According to Wikipedia:

The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Written for private performance by an ad hoc ensemble of two pianos and other instruments, the work lasts around 25 minutes.

I dont like most of them, but Aquarium is a well known one.



Here is a classic Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals: