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Bononcini: Viver e non amar
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...to live and not to love..." is a crime according to our erstwhile lover here. She, however, loves Tirsi above all else and credits Cupid with her choice. In RARA format, including a beautiful largo and a delightful menuetto - short and with a small (one octave) range.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: a' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Colonna: Fidalmo sfortunato
Forces: alto & continuo

Dramatic cantata in 2 recit and aria pair form. Fidalmo is suffering the vicissitudes of love (once again). Some lovely writing for a lowish alto. Poetry by Giacomo Lodovico Berselli

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: G - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solid contralto
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Colonna: Il mondo armato
Forces: bass & continuo

A man's struggles with love, fate and war. In many sections with Colonna's typical blurring of aria/recit boundaries. A virtuosic and stirring piece.

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: DD - e

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di basso
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D Scarlatti: Se per un sol momento (Fille e Clori)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Duet - recit - aria - recit - aria - recit - duet all of which deal with the theme of love once lost and regained. The story of Clori and Fileno and their adoration for each other - how beauty can charm and defeat love simultaneously.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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D Scarlatti: Tirsi Caro (Tirsi e Fille)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Delightful duo cantata by Domenico Scarlatti. Duet - recitative - duet form.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson
Duetto da camera
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d'India: Che veggio ohime (L'Orfeo)
Forces: tenor & continuo

A tortured lament for Orfeo from d'India's Le Quarte Musiche of 1621. Very spare and dramatic in its construction, range d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lament of Orfeo from the Quinte Musiche
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d'India: Occhi della mia vita
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

The last piece in d'India's Quarte Musiche of 1621. In three distinct parts, a statement by each of the voices, a duet which seems to tumble over itself by the end and a more extensive Dialogo to finish. The subject deals with love...

Editor: James Sanderson

Dialogo à Una & Due voci
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Fago: D'Aretusa in sul Lito
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 35 - 41v

Fago's cantatas are an interesting bridge between the Scarlattian style and the later Neapolitan version of the genre. Here a shepherd falls prey to the 'vicious' Goddess of Love.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Fago: Sia con me Fillide ingrata
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 38036 ff 121r - 124r

No birds, but plenty of bees, roses and, of course, thorns in this charming cantata by the Neapolitan Nicola Fago. Smitten by ungrateful Fillide, the lover swears eternal constancy - why? In aria - recit - aria (Affettuoso) format

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Handel: Sento la che ristretto
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add 29484/Autograph in BL

Alto (first?) version of the cantata where the river likens his love of the sea to Nice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Hasse: Fille dolce mio bene
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31604

Particularly 'classical' feel to this virtuoso cantata. 2 recit and aria form

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Quel vago seno
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Charming cantata, widely circulated with two recits and arias, both arias and second recit include flute.

Research: Kate Eckersley

Sources: Royal College of Music MSS 695 and Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella Cantate 157

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con flauto
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Jommelli: No sò d'onde viene
Forces: tenor, oboes, horns, strings & continuo

From Jommelli's L'Olimpiade (1761) Act III, Sc. vi This is a beautiful aria for tenor, oboes, horns strings and continuo. Also available in alto key.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Act III of L'Olimpiade (1761)
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Leo: Amo la bella, ah nò
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 f73r - 76v

The lover is torn between his head and his heart with love for his 'beauty'. Who wins? Two recit and aria form with a stunning first Largo (see MIDI) and a fiery presto to finish.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leo's setting of this popular text. Whilst Clori sleeps her lover guards her rest and surrounds her with flowers (whilst binding himself in the pleasant chains of love). ARA format with two sensuous arias.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(7)

Range: d - a flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Ch'io non conosco Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Not knowing Love, not knowing of his sighs, how can Irene recognise his ardor? The lovers complaints (and his happiness) of and in love. ARA format with a larghetto, e cantabile and an aria non presto. The recitative is typically intricate and the harmonic world is complex.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(1)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Dal di che in questo petto
Forces: alto & continuo

A delightful RARA format cantata for alto and continuo in which our erstwhile lover tries to convince Nice that love is just a game and forgiving his infidelity is her only course of action. Hmmm...interesting theory...

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Dite vedesti forse una donzella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The never-ending search for Nice fills this virtuosic cantata. Lovely imagery including lions, tigers, waves and ships in RARA format. The first aria is full of pathos, calling for the nightingale, the second, following a recitativo accompagnato is fast and furious, a 'navigante' aria. with a range extending to high B flat, this is quite a piece of work!

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Dopo lunga dimora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A stunning example of the genre showing Leo at the height of his powers in this field. RARA format with two complex and beautiful arias and the expected involved recitatives. The straying shepherd returns to the banks of the River Arno to find both love and infedelity in his beloved Amarillis.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(2)

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Oimè, che veggio?
Forces: soprano & continuo

The pain of betrayal and the anguish it causes is the theme of the first part of this delightful cantata. The sobbing of the affettuoso aria is beautiful. The second half of the cantata, however, sees our young man in a fury! His long recit and final 'rage' aria (with its contrasting 3/2 middle section) are a piece of virtuosic writing of the first order.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Or che barbara sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14210 ff 10r - 17r

In classic two recit and aria format with some wicked chromatic shifts in the recits, the lover bemoans the cruelty of Fate which has parted him from his beloved.

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Piansero Eurilla mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 2r - 9v

A gentle and loving story of a man abandoned in the woods (amongst flowers and verdant fields, of course) by his beloved Eurilla. Still he loves her - your blond hair, your white hands, your faithfulness(!). 2 recits (both quite large and complicated) and 2 arias (moderato and allegro with a slower(?) reflective middle section in triple time).

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Qual farfalla innamorata
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

From Leo's extraordinary opera Zenobia in Palmira this is Decio's Act II, scene vii aria: 'Like a butterfly crazed with love, the hope I harbour within my heart flutters forever around the flame'. And we all know what happens when butterflies get burnt!! Love with danger here. Also on the Cecelia Bartoli recording 'Sacrificium'.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Leo: S'io credessi il cor costante
Forces: soprano & continuo

'If' is, of course, the important word in this cantata. "If I belived in a faithful heart..." A discussion of the pain caused by loving too much. ARA format, both arias excellent and sinuous.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(3)

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Agitato mio pensiero
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 64960 Formerly owned by Maria Ducarel, recorded (f. ii verso) as a gift to her from George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield, in 1768.

Here Amor is stirring the heart and throughts of an erstwhile lover. With an excellent opening allegro and concluding with a slightly 'crooked' andante this is a jolly sing through one of the genre's typical subjects.

Range: a - c'

Editor: James Sanderson
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Mancini: Ahi che moro e ristoro
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 ff 132r - 139v

In aria-recit-aria-recit-aria form with some very odd use of shifting tonality the lover bemoans the cruelty of Amore.

Range: e' - g#''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Allor ch'il dio di Delo
Forces: soprano & continuo

The God of Delos, Apollo comes to earth and sports with the goddess Flora - I think however that her beauty wins the day! In RARARA format with some lovely recitative and a really satisfying text.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(10)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Allor che ad' altro oggetto
Forces: soprano & continuo

The fire and pains of jealousy and unrequited love fan our protagonist's ardour in this lovely cantata. In RARA format, the first aria full of unexpected chromaticism, the second an excellent 'walking bass'.

Source: Münster HS 2459(6)

Range: f - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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Mancini: Barbara gelosia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"Between hope and fear the poor heart does not know what to do..." So ends this exciting cantata in ARARA format. Virtuosic (but with pathos). A tale of how jealousy can ruin even the strongest of relationships.

Range: d - b''

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059; Segnatura: Cantate 29-07

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Caro, s'io moro almeno
Forces: soprano & continuo

This comes from a manuscript in Lbl, the work of Roman copyist Tarquinio Lanciani (who copied works of Handel, A. Scarlatti, and Caldara). It provides a fascinating glimpse into ornamentation patterns familiar to early 18th century musicians.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Aria with notated ornamentation
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Mancini: Cieli ditemi come potrò
Forces: alto & continuo

Unrequited love for Fileno rears its ugly head again in this large and beautiful cantata. "Cruel Destiny may kill the lover, but never the love". In RARARA format with two affettuoso arias, the second having a unusual written link back to the DS and one allegro.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(13) WriM. 35

Range: b flat - d' flat

Editor: James Sanderson
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Mancini: Clori non ti lagnar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 ff 3r - 10v

A truly lovely cantata in five movements with Mancini's typical flexible attitude to recitative/arioso/aria combinations. A later performer, perhaps even the copyist, has made the note 'cantata bona di partenza' and has personalised a version of the text changing the lovers' names (Clori and Lillo) to Cara and me.

Range: d' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Crudele lontananza
Forces: soprano & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata with Clori once again responsible for our lover's torment, but he still wants to "kiss the arrow that pierced my heart..." Oh, for goodness' sake! RARARA format, with two slow and one fast. Short, vivid recitatives.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: D'amore onesto e fido
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love honest and faithful? Really? This delightful cantata in RARARA format puts forward the theory that Love would be a truly wonderful thing, were it not for the fire of jealousy! Very well-drafted, each aria has a particular mood and the recitatvies are full of fun inflections and some lovely chromatic writing.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Daliso anima mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Imminent departure, instant pain! "Daliso my beloved, pain of my heart, sweet agony...". This is a large (RARARA) cantata dated 1st of August 1710 in a particularly clear copy. Real variety in recits and especially in the arias.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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