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Dialogo à Una & Due voci
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Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Aria from Ariodante Act III
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D Scarlatti: Ah! sei troppo infelice
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Scarlatti's late chamber cantatas recorded by Kate Eckersley

Sinuous opening arioso/recit with two straightforward arias and a secco recit in wich the lover deals with the pains caused by the Nume arciero.

Range: e' - g''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Che vidi, o Ciel, che vidi?
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

One of Domenico Scarlatti's most dramatic cantatas with violins: Heavens! Oh Heavens! Tirsi is languishing, and his face darkens with sorrow. Beside him, his faithful consort piteously expresses in a sad song the harsh pain in her heart, which arouses her bitter weeping. Or else, remaining silent, her glance seems to speak to him, saying "Are you leaving me and abandoning me?"

Commencing with a highly dramatic accompagnato with two contrasting arias and another recit both secco and accompagnato

Range: b flat - b'' flat

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection now housed in the British Library.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Con qual cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Hell hath no fury... in this aria - recit - aria cantata. "With what kind of heart do you ask me for peace...ungrateful soul, traitor!"

Range: c - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Di fille vendicarmi vorrei
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Aria - recit - aria format, the first remarkable for its chromaticism, the last for its sheer verve and virtuosity. The text deals with a young man whose love for Fille has caused him 'fierce grief' and leads him to pray to the God of Love for assistance.

Range: a - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Dir vorrei
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Our protagonist is hopelessly in love but unable to utter it to his beloved Nice. In three sections (ARA) with Domenico Scarlatti's typically complex vocal and instrumental lines.

Source: MS in the British Library

Range: c# - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Fille già più non parlo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Virtuosic cantata in two recit and aria format with a particularly fiendish last aria.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: No, non fuggire ò Nice
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Once again a young man sacrifices his personal happiness on the altar of unrequited love for Nice. In double recit-aria format, the spectacular second aria showing strong Spanish influence.

Range: c - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: O qual meco Nice cangiata
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Nice is being 'dishonourable' and ignoring her lover today. "...Oh, how you have changed towards me..." With a fiery allegrissimo introduzione, and RARA format within, this is Domenico Scarlatti stretching the skills of his singer again!

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection of the British Library

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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D Scarlatti: Piangete occhi dolenti
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Weep, eyes weep... What a cheery subject! Love's passion at it's saddest in this virtuosic cantata by Domenico Scarlatti: '...I am in love, and my beloved scorns my pain; she has no feeling of pity...'

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection at the British Library

Range: c - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Pur nel sonno almen tal'ora
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Domenico Scarlatti's extraordinary setting of Metastasio's cantata. The format is two-part instrumental introduction, aria, recit, aria with typically virtuosic writing for both violins and voice. The subject is mourning for lost Fille - lost to rival Fileno. Summed up well in the final line: If for for a moment of dreaming I am happy, my torment increases with the coming day.

Range: c - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Qual pensier, quale ardire
Forces: soprano & continuo

Fantastically dramatic piece with a vocal range of A - a' (at one point in a single phrase) First aria is exceptional, divided into alternating slow and fast sections and with a rolling triple B section. This is one angry lady!

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Scritte con falso inganno
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

In receipt of a 'Dear Jane' letter our protagonist questions everything about it: "...What do you mean by your words 'I am not'..." She maintains her control until the middle section of the last aria where presto e risoluto she loses it completely. RARA format with some stunning vocal writing.

Source: MS in the British Library

Range: c# - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Se fedele tu m'adori
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection now housed in the British Library.

Well, this girl is very open-minded, allowing Tirsi to love whomever he wishes (Nice, Clori, Egeria, Fille) because: The flighty bee is not content to long for the beautiful rose. If it can show itself a lover to other flowers, it wants to fly into the midst of them all...

Range: c' - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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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: Se ti dicesse un core
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Aria - recit - aria format, the last aria in two exciting and virtuosic parts in different time signatures. Here the text involves a rejected, though constant lover asking for the pity of his beloved.

Range: d - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Selve caverne e monti
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14182

An attractive cantata by D. Scarlatti in recit/arioso - aria - recit - aria form with a text concerning the lover's search for his fleeing beloved.

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Ti ricorda o bella Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Aria - recit - aria format with interesting major/minor juxtapositions in the last. It's the tale of another long-suffering lover willing to do anything for his beloved.

Range: b - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Tinte à note di sangue
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection now housed in the British Library.

A fiery piece full of recrimination and anger, then self-pity and despair - a little like life really!! "Written in blood, my betrayed heart sends these tormented words to you...think how much I have loved you, know that you are not mine, and weep for the pity of my plight"

Two recit and aria format, the last aria, similar to the Mancini setting of the same text, alternates fast and slow

Range: d - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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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 Scarlatti: Tu mi chiedi o mio ben
Forces: soprano & continuo

Our erstwhile suitor compares the beams from Filli's eyes to cupid's darts. These darts strike his heart and cause all the blood to flow from it - perhaps a trifle dramatic but certainly worth a sing! In RARARA format with some typically twisted harmonic and melodic shifts.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 864 (only source)

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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d'India: Io che del ciel (La Virtù)
Forces: soprano & continuo

In four sections, all based on the same continuo line this work forms a kind of prologue to the Quinte Musiche due to its expositional style, high-flown language and the fact that is being sung by Virtue. Very florid writing and it is also very beautiful with a rather unexpected ending.
Range: d' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Scene from the Quinte Musiche
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d'India: Le Quinte Musiche (1623)
Forces: voice & continuo

The complete 'Le Quinte Musiche del Cavalier Sigismondo D'India...da cantarsi nel chitarrone, clavicembalo, arpa doppia & altri stromenti da corpo' from the copy in Christ Church, Oxford. This volume includes the three great laments (Didone, Olimpia & Giasone), Virtù and Diana's two extensive works and nine other madrigals and/or strophic songs.

Editor: James Sanderson

Collection of songs, laments and scenes
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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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d'India: Questo dardo quest'arco (Diana)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Extremely virtuosic, this solo song/madrigal from Le Quinte Musiche (1623) has some incredibly ornate passage work throughout. As you may have guessed from the incipit, the work is about Diana - Goddess of the Hunt...

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola
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Fago: Come viver poss'io
Forces: soprano & continuo

'How can I live far from that lovely face?' asks our protagonist. Not far it would seem as Cupid burns him with desire and '...lights up his heart with a devouring flame' in this effective lotananza cantata. RARA format with very expressive recitatives and two really enjoyable arias.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 114(9)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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

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Fago: Forz'è pur nel proprio sangue
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The wonderful lament in Part II of Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso - worthy competition to Porpora's Alto Giove. Amazing performance by Europa Galante on YouTube. The character Messo bewails the fate of the Jewish people being pursued by Pharoah and warns how the waves will wash away the anger and blood. 5-part string accompaniment.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica 'Luigi Cherubini' - Firenze; Inventario: B.2374 ; Segnatura: B.2374 ; CF.55

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Fago: Sapesse il core almen
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 38036 ff 71r - 74v

Lament upon lament fills this emotional cantata in which Tirsi's absence is mourned. Three arias linked by recitative with some extremely interesting harmonic shifts. The copy is extraordinarily detailed with figures for almost every note in the continuo part.

Range: d - f'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Fago: Se gelosia crudele
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 20r - 25v

Here a more contemplative setting than most, the philosopher discusses how love creates joy from pain and torment.

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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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Fago: Trà cento belle
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 12 - 18

Again with the suffering caused by love! A particularly plangent recitative surrounded by two deceptively happy arias.

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Handel: Con l'ali di costanza
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Ariodante's aria from Act I, scene viii of the opera of the same name.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Handel: Dopo notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo (piano reduction)

Ariodante's spectacular coloratura aria from Act III, scene viii

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Hasse: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this plaint over the pain of love there is a disturbing link between the 'loving chains' and 'sweet signs' of love.

ARA format with a lovely andantino to start and a dotted allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(8)
Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Chieggio ai gigle ed alle rose
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 23r - 27v (only source)

Here's where you learn not to ask nature where your love is concealed! One glance and she loses her liberty and gains a lover!!

Aria (cantabile) - recit - aria (un poco allegro) format.

Range: e - a''
Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Credi ò cara alla speranza
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 17r - 22v (only source)

A totally charming work, both musically and textually - despite a little sentimentality. The text can be summarised with one of the lines from the second aria '...there may be more beautiful shepherdesses out there, but you'll never find one as faithful...' Sweet! Excellent largo to start and a stirring presto for the final aria.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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