Freedom or Death
We are from Ioannina in Epirus wild,
Where winters freeze but summer’s long and mild,
A distant corner of the empire Turk
Though ’tis Albanians who do all the dirty work.
And where the mountains soar to craggy heights,
Sing goatherds with their shaggy beasts,
Who nibble on lush marjoram and thyme
Ensuring that, when grilled, their haunches taste sublime.
A city spread along the waterside,
Is three miles long, by just as many wide…
Soprano – Janice Kelly
Mezzo – Marie Angel
Pouff! This morning’s frightfully hot!
Does anyone want coffee from my pot ?
A small cup, with lots of sugar, please.
And one well boiled will ease
My poor pricked fingers, such pain from these.
Yes, a coffee, dark and medium sweet
Will help to keep us on our feet
For you dear lady, what will you have today ?
The doves are mating in the tree.
My heart beats fast with love for thee.
I wish my feathers could all ruffled be,
By a dark lover who would take to me.
My love, she glows like an autumn leaf,
Spinning on golden kif.
And mine is bold like a bird of prey.
A thief of my poor heart.
And when s/he hovers so near
All s/he feels is great joy and great fear.
My soul flies like a lark.
And our love is pleasure,
Moving, twisting together.
Thieving from our hearts
Such passions and feelings.
From now just to forever
Bird and leaf will endeavour
To give one another
The juice of life.
Book and libretto by Polly Hope
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Brynmor Llewelyn Jones
soprano – Janice Kelly
alto – Marie Angel
tenor – Nigel Robson
baritone – Tim Yealland
Demo recorded at Hansa Tonstudio Berlin