National Orchestra of Wales
Leader, Albert Voorsanger
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Mozart's air is a delicious little love-song, sung by the love-lorn page Cherubino, who worships his mistress with dog-like fidelity. In the Countess' presence, her maid Susanna twits Cherubino about a song he has written to his mistress. The Countess bids him sing it, to Susanna's guitar accompaniment. So the page sings this sweet, rather plaintive song of the pangs of love.
Violette Valery is a Parisian courtesan who, accustomed to love lightly, has at last had her heart touched by the sincerity of a suitor. Left alone for a while, she sings the famous Air, 'Ah! fors' e lui'. An English version of the words of this has been given as 'Ah, perchance 'tis he my heart foretold. When in the throng of pleasure, Oft have I joy'd to shadow forth One whom alone I'd treasure?'
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