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Léo Ferré - Verrà la morte (Cesare Pavese)

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Kathleen Ferrier - Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice - Che Faro 1946

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Cynthia Harvey e Mikhail Baryshnikov - Cena Final

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Ovid: Disappointment

But oh, I suppose she was ugly; she wasn't elegant;  I hadn't yearned for her often in my prayers.
Yet holding her I was limp, and nothing happened at all:
I just lay there, a disgraceful load for her bed.
I wanted it, she did too; and yet no pleasure came
from the part of my sluggish loins that should bring joy.
The girl entwined her ivory arms around my neck
(her arms were whiter than the Sithonian snows) ,
and gave me greedy kisses, thrusting her fluttering tongue,
and laid her eager thigh against my thigh,
and whispering fond words, called me the lord of her heart
and everything else that lovers murmur in joy.
And yet, as if chill hemlock were smeared upon my body,
my numb limbs would not act out my desire.
I lay there like a log, a fraud, a worthless weight;
my body might as well have been a shadow.
What will my age be like, if old age ever comes,
when even my youth cannot fulfill its role?
Ah, I'm ashamed of my years. I'm young and a man: so what?
I was neither y…

Natalia Osipova - Bolshoi Esmeralda Act 1

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