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March 21 2011

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Argument to Beethoven's 5th
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March 18 2011

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Libya & the UN Resolution - 2 academics: Ali Ahmida (Libya) vs. Hamid Dabashi (Iran)


UN resolution to protect civilians not regime change
Gaddafi government declares ceasefire and willing to respect UN resolution; resolution attacked as violation of Libyan sovereignty
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April 21 2009

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claudio Monteverdi torna zefiro

"... Apparently recorded in 1937, with Hugues Cuénod and Paul Derenne, tenors, Dino Lipatti, piano, Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental Nadia Boulanger, conducted by Nadia Boulanger...." (taken from the video commentaries)

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Monteverdi: Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti - Fouchécourt, Padmore

Poet: Ottavio Rinuccini

Text & english translation via
and some informations on the music historical background.

Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti
l’aer fa grato e’il pié discioglie a l’onde
e, mormoranda tra le verdi fronde,
fa danzar al bel suon su’l prato i fiori.

Inghirlandato il crin Fillide e Clori
note temprando lor care e gioconde;
e da monti e da valli ime e profond
raddoppian l’armonia gli antri canori.
Sorge più vaga in ciel l’aurora, e’l sole,
sparge più luci d’or; più puro argento
fregia di Teti il bel ceruleo manto.

Sol io, per selve abbandonate e sole,
l’ardor di due begli occhi e’l mio tormento,
come vuol mia ventura, hor piango hor canto.


Return O Zephyr, and with gentle motion
Make pleasant the air and scatter the grasses in waves
And murmuring among the green branches
Make the flowers in the field dance to your sweet sound;
Crown with a garland the heads of Phylla and Chloris
With notes tempered by love and joy,
From mountains and valleys high and deep
And sonorous caves that echo in harmony.
The dawn rises eagerly into the heavens and the sun
Scatters rays of gold, and of the purest silver,
Like embroidery on the cerulean mantle of Thetis.
But I, in abandoned forests, am alone.
The ardour of two beautiful eyes is my torment;
As my Fate wills it, now I weep, now I sing.

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