"Apres un Reve" is an arrangement from one of Faure's songs: Op 7-1 by Casals. So sweet and mellow melody. Cello could express even more than human voice. It is a song of lost love. What an ardent and romatic love! Don't ask me if it was an appropriate music for a wedding party. We loved this one so much. Wikipedia tells that it is an anonymous Italian poem adapted into French by Romain Bussiene. The translation into English is as follows:
In a slumber enchanted by your image
I dreamt of happiness, passionate mirage,
Your eyes were softer, your voice pure and resonant,
You shone like a sky lit up by the dawn;
You called me and I left the earth
To run away with you towards the light,
The skies opened their clouds for us,
Unknown splendours, divine flashes glimpsed,
Alas! Alas! sad awakening from dreams
I call you, O night, give me back your lies,
Return, return radiant,
Return, O mysterious night!
Reaching the age of after a dream in life, I am still fascinated by this melody. Some day, I would play it with my wife again.
Here is one of the best performance of this piece by a young cellist.