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Cantata à voce sola di soprano con flauto
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Collection of cantatas for soprano
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Cantata con violini
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Trio for Farinelli, Bernacchi and Tesi
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Porpora: Vigilate oculi mei
Forces: soprano & continuo

From the Santini Collection in Münster (Hs. 3307) this is an early work (1712) dated Rome 30 June/1 July, 1712 which was the period Porpora was in Naples working for the Prince of Hessen Darmstadt. Amazing coloratura!

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo antiphon
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Porsile: A voi piangere conviene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori is up to her usual tricks in this melodramatic cantata: "Faithless Clori rejected my love and filled my heart with mortal sorrow..." A good size (ARARA) with splendidly contrasting arias.

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Porsile: Clori vezzosa, e bella
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14226 f 20r - 23v

Beautifully crafted arias with very sensible recitatives discuss an interesting excuse for infedelity. "I want to love you, but cruel jealousy makes me stray!"

Range: e' - a''

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Porsile: La dove regnan l'ombre
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Even the shades burning in Pluto's fires do not suffer as much as I...' Irene is being cruel again and our erstwhile lover is suffering. RARA form Canzona from a manuscript in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 236(43)

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Sarri: Bella maga di gnido
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 38036 ff 12v - 16v

This is from a British Library manuscript with the inscription 'CANTATE de diversi gran Maestri', dated 1706 which contains cantatas by Legnani, Bencini, Sarri, Lotti, Caldara, Buononcini, Conti, Torri, Monarii, Ariosti, Fago, Mancini, Tosi, Martini, Scarlatti, and Albinoni. It contains a wealth of information about the continuo figures used as the copyist has taken a great deal of care with them. The text concerns Goddess of Love's ability to enchant those who behold her (Gnido is likely to be the ancient Greek city of Knidos, now in Turkey, where there was a temple to Venus).

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e: e' - g'' Editor: James Sanderson

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Sarri: Crudo Arcier, tiranno Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cupid is at it again in a very effective lontananza cantata in ARARARArioso format. "Separation is a terrible poison, like a cruel snake which reaches your breast. Hope brings despair to every joy". Some really effective writing by a composer much neglected outside of Naples, but celebrated at home.
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 251

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Sarri: De suoi fervidi ardori
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata in RARARA format, the final aria without da capo. Clori is, as usual, very upset. Tirsi is ignoring her pain, ignoring her love, ignoring her... And what does she do? She sings about it. in fact the final, short, arioso has her still singing, despite her tears!
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella: Cantate 251

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Sarri: Lilla amante fedele
Forces: soprano & continuo

This is a depressing one! With lines like "...If the heavens cease not sending me pain and torment, I would rather find peace in death..." and then she dies! RARARA(rioso) format. This is a substantial work from a collection of cantatas in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 29-03

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Sarri: Se pur fosse il cor capace
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

The eternal 'if' cantata. 'If my heart was able to enjoy sweet peace...' A really beautiful opening Affettuoso/Amoroso aria, quick, to the point recitative and a snappy little Andante to finish. This is a really enjoyable piece!

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: 33.5.24 (24)

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Cantata à voce sola di soprano con flauto
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Sarri: Voi portate un anno al nome
Forces: soprano & continuo

A litte gem of a cantata from Sgr Sarri. "You carry your name all year, all I want is one day of it...you have kidnapped my senses". ARA format with a lovely opening Affettuoso and a fiery 'combattere' aria to finish. Cupid is up to his old tricks...
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 251

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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio (collection)
A collection of three settings of the 'Sotto l'ombre d'un mirth' text, by Mancini, Leo and Porpora. A fun collection with much to offer. 2 continuo cantatas and one with violins. See the individual cantatas for previews etc.

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Collection of cantatas for soprano
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Vinci: È pure un gran' portento
Forces: soprano & continuo

'You know the giref I feel, the mountains know and the valleys, the fields, the animals, but not the idol of my life...' Poor guy, you have to feel sorry for him! A lovely galante stlye cantata with exquisite first aria and technically demanding finale. RARA format and really 'something to get your teeth into'.

Source: Naples, Cantate 304/6

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Vinci: Farinelli arias from Il Medo
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Three arias written for Farinelli in the 1728 opera Il Medo.

Innamorata dolce mio fiamma
Navigante che non spera
Scherzo dell' onda instabile
See individual arias for previews.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias from Il Medo
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Vinci: Fiumicel, che s'ode appena
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

One of the stunning arias in Semiramide (1729) written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi. A classic 'Little brooks and little breezes' aria with some virtuosic requirements for the singer. Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: 32.4.11

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Semiramide
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Vinci: Incerto dubbioso mio vago tesoro
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

From Il Medo (Parma 1728), an opera which starred Farinelli, this is a delightful aria for alto and strings. "Uncertain and doubting...I go without fear to fight the barbarous Gods and Heaven itself.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2462

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Innamorata dolce mia fiamma
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Love and the pain of love burn strong in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262
Range: d - b''
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Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Mesta oh Dio
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

A delightful work showing all the hallmarks of Sgr Vinci's style - periodic phrasing, excellent melodic shape etc. Once again Fileno has upset his girl and she is not happy! ARA format with an opening aria full of pathos, a tremendous accompagnato recitative and a fiery and virtuosic final aria.

Range: d - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Vinci: Mi costa tante lacrime
Forces: soprano & continuo

An extraordinarily effective work in ARA format. Both arias are stunning and real examples of the brilliance of Vinci's inventiveness both in terms of ornamentation and vocal line. Some really effective word-painting too. "It cost me many tears, the purchase of your heart..." Need I say more?

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 304-14.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Vinci: Navigante che non spera
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The image of the sailor returning to the shore characterises this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Non è più folle lusinga
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A beautiful aria from Il Medo (Parma, 1728). Rejecting the adoration of the crowds, the singer relies on the affections of his beloved.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Olimpia abbandonata
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14226

This is a beautiful working of the deserted Olimpia story with many cries for her beloved. Extensive Lento to begin and a fiery Presto to finish.

Range: d#' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Vinci: Parto mà con qual core
Forces: soprano & continuo

A real tour de force here with Vinci at his very best. Virtuosic final aria and a first aria full of pathos and affect. Some stunning vocal writing setting the bar very high for the performers. I leave 'with a heavy heart...but as the stream returns to the sea, so will return to thee...'

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 19.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Vinci: Scherzo dell'onda instabile
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The strong image of waves playing on the beach in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli from Il Medo (Parma, 1728).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Il Medo
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Vinci: Terzetto - Sento scherzar nel petto
Forces: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, strings & continuo

A trio for three of the great singers of the early 18th century, Farinelli, Bernacchi and Tesi. An emotional triabgle between mother, lover and son.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262

Range (soprano): d - f'

Range (mezzo): b flat - f'
Range (alto): d blat - d'
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Trio for Farinelli, Bernacchi and Tesi
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Vinci: Vol solcando un mar crudele
Forces: soprano, 2 horns, strings and continuo

Arbace 's aria in scene xv of Act I of Vinci's opera Artaserse (Rome 1730). Classic simile aria with real coloratura requirements for the singer. Excellent accompagnato recit. to begin the scene as well.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Artaserse
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