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Mancini: Dunque le mie speranze
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love and hope are not always good companions!
The source is a manuscript in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059; Segnatura: Cantate 41(9).

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Frà le morbide piume
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 132r - 135r
An exciting piece from a very clear copy (a welcome rarity in Mancini's case!) Among the soft feathers the lover rests his soul and dreams of wicked spiteful Clori again! Why do they keep coming back for more? 2 recit and 2 aria (allegretto and allegro) format
Range: b flat - e' flat

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Mancini: Frà le pene tiranne
Forces: alto & continuo

The treachery of Cupid is once the again a hot topic in this RARA format cantata. With two excellent arias which challenge both continuo and singer, this is an interesting addition to our catalogue.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 864(13)
Range: a - d'

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Mancini: Già degl'astri il monarca
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 42 - 50v

Once again an interesting construction for this extensive cantata. Recit, aria, recit, aria, recit, minuet, recit which becomes arioso. Some very beautiful writing and moods that swing from Adone's lament at Clori's bad behaviour to arias about finding joy only in the beloved's face.

Range: c#' - g''

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Mancini: Già vicina e quell' hora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A substantial work with three well-developed arias and complex recitatives. Tirsi remains as his love departs whilst questioning why she must leave and whether absence will ease her love.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 861(4)
Range: e - a''

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Mancini: Il Pianetta maggiore
Forces: alto & continuo

A very short and to the point cantata in RARA format. The power of Cupid found in the beloved's eyes. Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 860(16)
Range: b - c#'

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Mancini: L'occhio el labro del mio bene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 141r - 148v

Not one of his best, but an interesting piece, particularly the use of harmony in the last aria (see MIDI) and the extraordinary way he plays with the text.
Range: e' - g''

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Mancini: La dove il bel sebeto
Forces: soprano & continuo

"A languishing soul should not hope for pity, because in you is beauty and cruelty combined." Oh, how melodramatic can you be? Wonderful, sinuous first aria and a spry allegro to finish in this RARA form cantata. Tirsi and Irene are in their usual predicament...

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Mancini: La Rondinella trapassa il mar
Forces: soprano & continuo

From a volume of Mancini cantatas in the S Pietro di Majella Conservatorio library, this is an extremely cheerful 'lontananza' cantata. In ARA format with two delightfully playful arias and a complex, emotional recitative, this cantata should prove very popular with singers and audience alike.

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Mancini: La Rosa
Il bianco piè della più bella Diva

Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A large and impressive work, this cantata contains an opening sinfonia, three recits and arias and, unusually, a solo cello line in the middle aria. The story of the first rose and how its beauty compares with that of Clori.

Range d' - g''

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Mancini: Lacrime sventurate
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...How the tears flowing from my heart show my pain..." RARA format, both in triple time, the first a rather lovely Siciliano. The opening recit is also wonderfully chromatic, capturing the image of the flowing tears.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(3)
Range: d# - g#'

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Mancini: Lidia tu non me'l credi
Forces: soprano & continuo

A lovely example of the genre, RARA format with, once again from this manuscript, a particularly complex first aria. The subject: "Leave my heart in peace, speak not of love to me" Now, is that a way to go about Arcadian love?

Source: Müs HS 2459(9)
Range: f# - b'' (!)

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Mancini: Lidio rendimi il core
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Lidio give me your heart'. Poor thing! She has had such bad luck in love, eventually all she wants is him, but knowing that '...it is rare to find beauty and gentleness without pain...' she doesn't really have much hope. A delightful first aria in the this RARA format cantata (see score preview) and a virtuosic, fun closing aria, this is a very enjoyable work with a sense of humour. Source: Naples Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S Pietro a Majella.

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Mancini: Lumi cari del mio bel sole
Forces: alto & continuo

From Santini MS 2459 (16), this delightful cantata has some curiously chromatic twists, particularly in the second aria (listen to preview). "A single glance from your eyes burns my heart, but the certainty of my death can only bring you glory!" In ARA format
Range: b - d'

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Mancini: Occhi vezzosi e belli
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata from Münster MS Hs 865 (14) in which beautiful eyes make you a prisoner of Love. In RARA format with some delightful chromaticisms and written out return ornament to the da capo.
Range: d - g#'

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Mancini: Pecorelle correte a quel fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

A charming pastoral cantata with the singer likening his sheep running after water to the lover searching for his beloved. Two delightful arias surround a chromatic recitative. Throughout the piece there are many cromatic twists and turns.
Range: c - g'

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Mancini: Qual errante farfaletta
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'Like an errante butterfly, I seek the sun I adore...' This is a charming short cantata in ARA format, the first a plaintive lament, the second a fiery presto (see PDF preview) railing at Cupid.
Source: Naples - Bibliotca del Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro a Majella.

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Mancini: Quando la notte impera (La Farfalletta)
Forces: soprano & continuo

This was clearly a popular work in its time with no less than three copies found in the Naples collection. 'When night rules...' Like a moth to a flame the lover goes, but must he die for his love? In RARA format with two beautifully shaped arias and complex, harmonically challenging recitatives, one can see why it was popular!

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Mancini: Quanto dolce è quell'ardore
Forces: soprano, oboe & continuo

Source: Royal College of Music, London, MS. 697

A rewarding cantata for the rare combination of soprano, oboe obligato, and basso continuo, showing the rich cantabile style of Francesco Mancini (Scarlatti's deputy in Naples), with a witty final aria.

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Mancini: Scritte con falso inganno
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Each line written in blood is examined here in the response to 'Tinte à note di sangue' and found wanting. Lies, damn lies! 'Would I could hear from those lips: Peace, peace my dearest. Instead, in fire and anger I can only respond in my rage: WIcked liar, liar and terrible'. Fiery and exciting writing in RARA format cantata. From a manuscript in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Naples. Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Se nascessero mille Amori
Forces: soprano, 2 violins & basso continuo

A really stunning example of the genre. In Aria - Recit - Aria and with some very lovely vocal lines, typical of Mancini at his best. It is the story of Eurillo and Clori and how the course of real love never runs smooth

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Mancini: Solitudini care
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Come, see how I have carved the name of Licori in every branch. Come read how I love a beautiful shepherdess who is as ungrateful as she is cruel.' Nice to see the table turned once again (!) and Tirsi is busy with the bemoaning and bewailing. A stunning first Larghetto aria (with nightingales) and a fiery finish in the second aria Allegro. RARA format.
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella: Cantate 22 no. 28

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Mancini: Stavan due tortorelle
Forces: soprano & continuo

Like two turtle doves they bill and coo, but while the one bills 'love' the other bills 'pain and torment'. So a normal day in our pastoral setting! Clori is there of course and probably responsible for the pain.
Source: Naples Cantate 22

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Mancini: Tenebroso era il sole e'l ciel
Forces: soprano & continuo

Little known, but unjustifiably so! This RARA format cantata opens with a virtuosic recitative and continues to challenge both singer and continuo player throughout. A text full of longing for the beloved: The sun and the heavens were dark without a glimpse of your face...
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: 33.3.33-06

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Mancini: Un amante ama due belle
Forces: soprano & continuo

A charming cantata filled with indecision and containing one of Mancini's most beautifula arias. A young man loves both Cintia and Irene and really doesn't know what to do - can you help? RARA format.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3904(5)
Range: c - g'

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Marcello: Da voi parto amati rai
Forces: soprano & continuo

Three part aria from an MS in the British Library containing much Pepusch, Bononcini and Marcello among others. In this manuscript the composer is said to be Porpora however a proven copy in the I-Nc collection indicates this is actually by Marcello. It's a delightful piece as usual.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Marcello: Già che la bella Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata in RARA format. The word pianting is delightful and Marcello's melodies full of rhythmic drive. Source: Naples

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Marcello: Piante Amiche Ombre Cara
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14222

2 recits and arias with particularly fine obbligato continuo line in first aria.

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Marcello: Se mi parli, ò se mi guardi
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a very effective and interesting Si Sona introduction 'Should I speak or should I look, my dear, sweet soul? I am imprisoned in my happiness, enchained by your mouth...' ARA format with some really clever text setting moments. Very enjoyable!

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 21-02.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Marcello: Sopra d'un verde prato
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori is at it again, making her lover burn and sigh. She's a cruel one! RARA format with both arias having very distinct characters, doves, sailors, everything is here.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 20

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Marcello: Torno à voi piante amorose
Forces: alto, 2 flutes & continuo

A charming cantata in aria-recit-aria form.

Source: BL MS Add 14222

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Porpora: Alla caccia dell'alme
Forces: alto & continuo

A hunting cantata, as virtuosic as the Vivaldi version and with even better recitatives! ARA format, here Clori is the huntress who ensnares men with her charms, too late our lover discovers he is already caught, but he is "...not the first and not alone."

Range: a - e

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 1 - soprano)

Forces: soprano & continuo

The first six of the cantatas dedicated to the Prince of Wales in 1735

All to texts by Metastasio, they are virtuosic, filled with beautifully written recitatives and arias, perhaps the high-point of Porpora's work in this genre.

D'amore il primo dardo
Nel mio sonno almen
Tirsi chiamare a Nome
Queste che miri o Nice
Scrivo in te l'amato nome (Il nome)
Già la notte s'avvicina

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Collection of 6 cantatas for soprano
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Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 2 - alto)
Forces: alto & continuo

The second six of the cantatas dedicated to the Prince of Wales in 1735

All to texts by Metastasio, they are virtuosic, filled with beautifully written recitatives and arias, perhaps the high-point of Porpora's work in this genre.

Veggo la Selva e il monte
Or che una nube ingrata
Destatevi, destatevi ò pastori
Oh se fosse il mio core
Oh Dio che non è vero
Dal povero mio cor

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Collection of 6 cantatas for contralto
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Porpora: Celinda, Oh Dio Celinda
Forces: soprano & continuo

Celinda has gone missing, and her lover sings of her beauty, his searching and his hope of her return. Great recits, a beautiful Siciliano and a virtuosic allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(1)

Range: d - f#'

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Porpora: Col tuo dolce mormorio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Early cantata in aria-recit-aria format. Recit has very adventurous harmonic progressions and first aria is very beautiful Lento, last is virtuosic

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