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Clara Sanabras's setting of an exquisite poem by her grandfather, the Catalan poet Joan Llongueras, in which he describes, ‘Ocells dispersos que heu volgut volar’ (You scattered birds who have flown), the birds an angelic metaphor for something lost and longed for.

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El recer del vol dispers

Ocells dispersos que heu volgut volar
pel cel llunyà on es perd ma fantasia
i tot volant, un dia i altre dia,
us ha mancat el lloc on reposar
Ací el teniu. Jo us obro avui la mà.
La mà fidel que al cor fa companyia,
i dels anhels, roents d’amor, voldria
que mai ni una ala no s’obrís en và.
Torneu a mí que retrobar-vos vull;
per a cada un ma vida te el seu full,
i es cada full un sant record que plora
Aci amb vosaltres, en la llum fervent
que amb nou misteri enmig la nit s’encen,
mon esperit cercarà Déu tothora.

Shelter from the scattered flight

You scattered birds who have flown,
beyond the sky where my fantasy is lost,
and day after day, while flying, you
haven’t found a resting place….
Here it is. I open my hand to you
The faithful hand that accompanies
heart and desire, burning with love,
I wish not a single wing spreads in vain
Come back to me, I need you back;
For each of you my life has a page
And each page is a holy memory that
Weeps… Here with you, in the fervent
Light, that lights up with the new mystery
My soul will search for God at all times.

credits

from The Ministry of Angels, released July 12, 2014
Clara Sanabras - voice
Clare Salaman - nyckelharpa
Joy Smith - Clarsach

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