Monteverdi: Damigella tutta bella (Scherzi Musicali); Sophie Junker & Sherezade Panthaki, sopranos

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Damigella tutta bella, from Monteverdi’s Scherzi Musicali (Venice, 1607). Live, ultra high definition video from our “Concerto delle donne” concert, October, 2019.
Sophie Junker & Sherezade Panthaki, sopranos
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Alana Youssefian baroque violins
Elisabeth Reed, viola da gamba
Hanneke van Proosdij, harpsichord
David Tayler, archlute
Damigella tutta bella
versa versa quel bel vino,
fa che cada la rugiada
distillata di rubino.

Ho nel seno rio veneno
che vi sparse Amor profondo
ma gittarlo e lasciarlo
vo’ sommerso in questo fondo.

Damigella tutta bella
di quel vin tu non mi satii
fa che cada la rugiada
distillata da topatii.

Nova fiamma più m’infiamma
arde il cor foco novello
se mia vita non s’aita
ah ch’io vengo un Mongibello!

Ma più fresca ogn’ hor cresca
dentro me sì fatta arsura
consumarmi e disfarmi
per tal modo ho per ventura.
—Gabriello Chiabrera
Pretty woman,
Pour, pour that beautiful wine,
make the dew
distilled of rubies fall

In my heart there is a river of poison
that comes from deep love;
but I wish to throw it out
and leave it submersed in the depths

Pretty woman,
you cannot satisfy me with wine
let fall the drops of dew
from the distilled topaz.

New flames engulf me
and my heart is consumed with a new fire;
if you do not help me
I will become another Mongibello (volcano).

The cooler it becomes,
The more I burn constantly
It is my fate to be consumed
and destroyed in this way.
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