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Music Mondays – The Voice of An Angel


No Christmas music collection is complete without this incredible performance by Luciano Pavarotti, O Holy Night at Notre Dame Church in Montreal in 1978. If you don’t have the dvd, go get it! Here are two of my favorites from that show. The first is Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) written by Thomas Aquinas and composed by Cesar Franck. While Pavarotti’s voice alone is wonderful, the beatific accompaniment of the choir make it sublime.

Schubert’s Mille Cherubini In Coro ( Choir of a A Thousand Cherubs) is probably the most beautiful lullaby ever composed. It is a song I often sang to my children at bedtime when they were little, though not nearly as beautifully as sung here by Pavarotti. The lyrics and their translation follows below.

Mille cherubini in coro
ti sorridono dal ciel.
Una dolce canzone
t’accarezza il crin
Una man ti guida lieve
fra le nuvole d’or,
sognando e vegliando
su te, mio tesor,
proteggendo il tuo cammin.

Dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor mio.
Dormi, sogna,
posa il capo sul mio cor.

Chiudi gli occhi,
ascolta gli angioletti,
dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor.

Chiudi gli occhi,
ascolta gli angioletti,
dormi, dormi,
sogna, piccolo amor.

TRANSLATION:

A choir of a thousand cherubs
smiles on you from the sky.
A sweet song
caresses your brow.
A hand is gently guiding you
through the clouds of gold,
dreaming and keeping watch
over you, my treasure,
protecting your path through life.

Sleep, sleep,
dream my little love.
Sleep, dream,
rest your head on my breast.

Close your eyes,
listen to the little angels.
Sleep, sleep,
dream, my little love.

Close your eyes,
listen to the little angels,
sleep, sleep,
dream, my little love.

Dream, my little love.

If you want to see the entire concert online click here.

Wishing you all a beautiful week and may a choir of a thousand cherubs sing you to sleep!