The Forbidden Rose by Battista Pradal
Riccardo has started the 2019 with a new project based on the collaboration with the tenor Alessandro Cortello and the composer Battista Pradal. The project is based on the lyrics by Anthony Howell and it will consist in a series of pieces for tenor and cello. The first step has been already made by recording "The Forbidden Rose" that can be already listened through the following link Soundcloud.
The Forbidden Rose, Anthony Howell
Her outline may undulate according to the hills,
but her navel is the target when I glance:
it's in a hollow framed by the wings of her hips
As she lies on her side, reading a romance.
The fingers of her free hand make contact
with her body here and there, brushing off
grains, adjusting her top, ravelling her hair.
She's a bit like a pony, whisking its tail
while grazing as intently as she reads.
Once only, she pauses, to reach for the nape
of her lover, who rests on an elbow.
Behind her, baring her throat to him
as the sea sends in its horses, annexes the beach
and withdraws, then it's back to her book.