Sunday, 21 June 2015

Where the white jasmine blends with the rose

Calendula and Ostospermum in the gardens at Dolores Delargo Towers

MID-Summer already? It hardly feels like it has started yet...

What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year [it's all downhill from here, folks!] than with not one, but two magnificent voices - Dame Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne - on Lakmé's The Flower Duet? Sigh.

Under the dense canopy
Where the white jasmine
Blends with the rose
On the flowering bank
Laughing at the morning
Come, let us drift down together
Let us gently glide along
With the enchanting flow
Of the fleeing current
On the rippling surface
With a lazy hand
Let us reach the shore
Where the source sleeps
And the bird sings
Under the dense canopy
Under the white jasmine
Let us drift down together

A joy.


  1. Two of the very greatest... love Dame Joan's little glances of satisfaction at her own genius.

    1. [On the subject of Bel Canto ('beautiful singing')] "We don't get that much of it today dear, believe me."
      - Dame Joan Sutherland


  2. The scent of jasmine has been filling the air here for a little while.
    Summer is always to short.
    Fab music to enjoy it while its here.

    1. Thankfully, we will always have Dame Joan and Miss Horne to remind us of it... Jx


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