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Gershwin – Summertime / Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and Kathleen Battle/Montreal Symphony Orchestra



Conducted by the Music Director of the orchestra, Misha Rachlevsky. From the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.


Kathleen Battle and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra with conductor Charles Dutoit. Gala concert, 1994.

Send “Summertime” Ringtone to your Cell

Songwriters: GERSHWIN, GEORGE / HEYWARD, DU BOSE / HEYWARD, DOROTHY / GERSHWIN, IRA

Send “Summertime” Ringtone to your Cell

Summertime, 
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by

Summertime, 
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

 

 

W.A. Mozart: Agnus Dei (Coronation Mass in C-major K317): San Pietro Basilica, Roma



Herbert von Karajan conducts The Vienna Philharmonic and The Vienna Singverein
Soprano: Kathleen Battle
Altus: Trudeliese Schmidt
Tenor: Gösta Winbergh
Bass: Ferruccio Furlanetto

The Krönungsmesse (German for Coronation Mass) (Mass No. 15 in C major, KV 317; sometimes Mass No. 16), composed in 1779, is one of the most popular of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s 17 extant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. This setting, like the majority of Mozart’s mass settings, is a Missa brevis, or short mass (as opposed to the more formal Solemn Masses or High Masses, known as Missae solemnes). (continue reading at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_Mass_(Mozart)
I first heard this sublime music at my church, Sr. Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest (Ro. Catedrala Sfantul Iosif din Bucuresti), in the interpretation of the elite of Romanian musicians.  

Kathleen Battle: Mozart – La Nozze di Figaro, ‘Deh vieni, non tardar, o gioja bella!’


Lyrics & English Translation 

Giunse alfin il momento,
Che godro senz’affanno,
In braccio all’idol mio!
Timide cure! uscite dal mio petto!
A turbar non venite il mio diletto!
O come par, che all’amoroso foco
L’amenita del loco,
La terra e il ciel risponda!
Come la notte i furti miei seconda!
Deh vieni, non tardar, o gioja bella!
Vieni ove amore per goder t’appella!
Finche non splende in ciel notturna face,
Finche l’aria e ancor bruna e il mondo tace.
Qui mormora il ruscel, qui scherza l’aura,
Che col dolce susurro il cor ristaura,
Qui ridono i fioretti e l’erba e fresca,
Ai piaceri d’amor qui tutto adesca.
Vieni, ben mio, tra queste piante ascose!
Vieni, vieni!
Ti vo’ la fronte incoronar di rose.
Ti vo’ la fronte incoronar, incoronar di rose!

 

The moment finally arrives,
When I’ll enjoy [experience joy] without haste,
In the arms of my beloved!
Fearful anxieties get out of my heart!
Do not come to disturb my delight!
Oh, how it seems that to amorous fires
The comfort of the place.
Earth and heaven respond.
[Oh, it seems that earth, heaven and this place
answerer my heart’s amorous fire.]
As the night responds to my ruses!
Oh, come, don’t be late, my beautiful joy!
Come where love calls you to enjoyment!
Until night’s torches no longer shine in the sky!
As long as the air is still dark
And the world quiet.
Here the river murmurs and the light plays
That restores the heart with sweet ripples.
Here, little flowers laugh and the grass is fresh.
Here, everything entices one to love’s pleasures.
Come, my dear, among these hidden plants.
Come, come!
I want to crown you with roses.

 

 

Kathleen Battle

(born August 13, 1948), is an American soprano known for her agile and light voice and her silvery, pure tone. Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid 1970s. She made her opera debut in 1975. Battle expanded her repertoire into light lyric soprano and lyric coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Although she no longer appears in operas, Battle remains active in concert and recital performances…