February is the month of love, meaning this month’s Music Passion at http://allaboutlemon.com/music-passion/ requires songs with “heart” in the title. I have chosen “Ouvre ton coeur” (open your heart) — a French art song by Georges Bizet, with a text by Delâtre — sung here by my favourite countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky. The music first appeared in the ode-symphony Vasco da Gama, composed in 1859–60.
Here is the text in English.
Open your heart
The daisy has closed its corolla,
shadow has closed the eyes of the day,
Beautiful one, will you keep your promise to me?
Open your heart to my love,
oh, young angel, to my flame.
Let a dream charm your slumber.
I want to recapture my soul.
Open your heart, oh young angel to my flame
as a flower opens to the sun.