Barbara Strozzi

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I baci

Duet originally for two Sopranos and basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Oh dolci, oh cari, oh desiati baci!
Unite l'alme vanno
sul labro ad incontrarsi.
Col bacio l'alme fanno
nel cor gran colpi darsi.

Vezzosette si accordano;
viperette si mordano.
Ma sono i lor dolcissimi furori
grand union dei cori.
Oh dolci, oh cari, oh desiati baci!
Bacia, mia bocca, e taci!



Oh sweet, enticing, oh adored kisses:
souls unite
to meet upon lips.
With a kiss souls
wound hearts deeply.

Wantonly they merge,
like vipers they bite each other,
but in their sweetest fury
is a deep union of hearts.
Oh sweet, enticing, oh adored kisses,
kiss my mouth, and be silent.

Translated by:

Richard Kolb

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  • A New Sappho, album cover image

    A New Sappho

    Favella Lyrica

    Koch International Classics (2000) [Audio CD]

    • Track #4 - I baci (SA, hps, b viol) [3:03]
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  • Barbara Strozzi

    arie e duetti

    director, Gabriel Garrido, Victor Aragon - viola da gamba, violone, Ryoko Katayama - harpsichord, organ, Il Segreto delle muse ensemble, Marie-Laure Coenjaerts - mezzo-soprano, Florence Susant Florence - soprano, Jasper Bärtling-Lippina - lutes-guitars, Mathias Ferré - viola da gamba, Luce Courceulles - harp, Xavier Sichel - violin, Saskia Birchler - violin

    Pan Classics (2024) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Track #8 - I baci (voice, bc) [3:28]
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  • Daphné sul les ailes du vent

    Le Baroque Nomade, Jean-Christophe Frisch

    Arion (2010) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • I baci, Op 2 (SA, bc) [5:13]
  • Early Escapes

    Favella Lyrica

    Koch International Classics (2002) [Audio CD]

    • I baci (SA, hpsc, b viol) [3:03]
  • La Virtuosissima Cantatrice

    The vocal music of Barbara Strozzi

    Musica Secreta, Deborah Roberts, soprano, Mary Nichols, alto, Kasia Elsner, theorbo, John Toll, harpsichord, Suzie Le Blanc, soprano

    Amon Ra (1994) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • I baci, Op 2 (SS, hpsc, th) [2:38]
  • Peace in her mouth, and war in her heart

    Cecilia's Circle, Janet Youngdahl, soprano, Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord/organ, Catherine Bott, soprano, Benjamin Katz, harpsichord/organ, Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo, Julia McKenzie, violin

    Centaur (2019) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • I baci - O dolci, o cari, Op 2 (S, bc) [3:54]
  • Virtuosa of Venice

    Fieri Consort, Lucinda Cox, soprano, Hannah Ely, soprano, Nancy Cole, mezzo-soprano, Josh Cooter, tenor, Tom Kelly, temor, Ben McKee, Bass, Toby Carr, theorbo/baroque guitar, Aileen Hanry, harp, Harry Buckoke, viola da gamba

    Fieri Records (2019) [Audio CD]

    • I baci, Op 2 (SS, bc) [2:47]
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