Victoria de los Angeles, Duparc: L’Invitation au voyage (Live, Edinburgh Festival, 1957)

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The great Catalan soprano Victoria de los Angeles (1923-2005) in the melodie “L’Invitation au voyage” by Henri Duparc, coming from a recital on 25 August 1957 during the Edinburgh Festival. She was accompanied by Gerald Moore on the piano.

English translation by Peter Low of the sung text is appended as follows:

My child, my sister,
think of the sweetness
of going there to live together!
To love at leisure,
to love and to die
in a country that is the image of you!
The misty suns
of those changeable skies
have for me the same
mysterious charm
as your fickle eyes
shining through their tears.
There, all is harmony and beauty,
luxury, calm and delight.

Gleaming furniture
polished by age
would decorate our bedroom;
the rarest of flowers
would mingle their fragrance
with the vague scent of amber;
the rich ceilings,
the deep mirrors,
the splendor of the Orient –
everything there
would speak in secret
the soul’s soft native tongue.
There, all is harmony and beauty,
luxury, calm and delight.

See how those ships,
nomads by nature,
are slumbering in the canals.
To gratify
your every desire
they have come from the ends of the earth.
The westering suns
clothe the fields,
the canals, and the town
with reddish-orange and gold.
The world falls asleep
bathed in warmth and light.
There, all is harmony and beauty,
luxury, calm and delight.

7 thoughts on “Victoria de los Angeles, Duparc: L’Invitation au voyage (Live, Edinburgh Festival, 1957)

  1. It always was and still is one of my favourite songs, and Victoria de los Ángeles – one of my favourite singers. Thank you for sharing.

  2. the incomparable voice and artistry was always stunning like this recording shows.

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