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Leo: Tormentoso pensiero
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31618

From a selection of Leo orchestral cantatas in copy, this is a charming example of the genre. Two recit and aria format, both arias in an extremely late baroque style.

The text deals with a young man's absence from his beloved Eurilla.

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano con violini
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Leo: Vado dal piano al monte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

Searching from field to plain the lover cannot find his beloved Clori and his sadness is killing him - the melodrama! Aah...

In aria - recit - aria format, the first a beautiful Larghetto the last a gracious Allegretto.

Range: e - a''

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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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'

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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

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Mancini: Arse lunga staggione del bel volto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 150 - 156

A curiously formed cantata beginning with secco recitative which becomes 'a tempo' then moves into an aria and finished with a minuet. It's inconstant Fille and constant Fileno again, with Fileno venting his sadness.

Range: d#' - g''

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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

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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: Clori che ardea d'amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori is '...burning with love...' for the handsome Daliso, but, of course, he is unfaithful and causes her to vent her spleen in many imaginative ways. Great recitatives and two splendid rage arias make up this RARA format cantata from the Naples Conservatorio Library collection.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Clori che un dì vantava
Forces: soprano & continuo

A cantata all about one of our favourite topics: infedelity! Clori's boasts of '...a constant breast, a faithful heart, a loyalty in love...' have proved unfounded and she is reviled as '...barbarous, faithless, cruel and treacherous, without a heart...' In RARA format this is a very effective betrayal cantata from a source at the Naples Conservatorio S Pietro a Majella.

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: Clori quant'io t'amai
Forces: soprano & continuo

At last Clori is being deserted by her beloved. Curiously, however, she retains her hold over him as he bemoans the cruelty of Fate for separating them. In RARARAR format with the central aria a complicated 3/4 - 6/8 and 4/4.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459

Range: e - b''

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: D'un garrulo ruscello
Forces: soprano & continuo

Elisa is clearly unhappy in love and asks the silver brook to join her in her sorrows. Well, that's the first half! By the second recit-aria pair of the cantata she has worked herself up into quite a state and is crying 'Perfidy', and 'Treacherous...let us speak of love no more...I am your sworn enemy...' The first aria is a languid Larghetto, the second a fiery Allegro.
Source: Naples Conservatorio Library.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Da che lungi n'andò
Forces: soprano & 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. Oh, Lidio is being difficult again and causing heartache. His loving lady wishes rather for death than his absence. Finally, in the last aria, he reappears and is likened to the sun at the break of day banishing sadness. Awww...
Double recit-aria format.
Range: d - a'' flat

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

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Mancini: Dir vorrei quel bel contento
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

A charming cantata with strings by Mancini. Our protagonist has lost his love, but being pragmatic has resigned himself to the possiblity of the loss being permanent whilst still hoping for a reconciliation. In ARA format with lovely writing for both voice and strings.

Source is a MS in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella – Napoli: Cantate 41 no 6.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Mancini: Dori, e Mirtillo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

A charming duo cantata with two duets, a recit and aria each. Dori[nda] wants to die for love (again!) because Mirtillo has rejected her (she thinks). He declares his undying devotion and all is back to normal. Really interesting harmonically with some very clear vocal writing.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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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: E come, e come, O Dio?
Forces: soprano & 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.

With a textual opening classic to the genre the protagonist asks God how he/she can live through the bitter torments of being parted from his/her beloved. The theme of jealousy caused by separation in a musical setting. Dramtic and vivid word-painting characterise the recitatives of this cantata together with two splendid arias Largo and a 12/8 à tempo giusto.
Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: E dove mail l'Inferno
Forces: soprano & continuo

"Hell has never had such pain as the pain that love for you causes me - you know of it but do nothing to lessen it", he sings. Of course Cupid is to blame! Some wonderful writing in a large cantata in RARARA format, excellent text to work with both in aria and recitative.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(9) [WriM. 71]
Range: b - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Esamina mio core
Forces: soprano & continuo

What is worse, to be near an unfaithful love or separated from a faithful one? This is the question our singer poses: 'Examine my heart...'. This is a delightful lontananza cantata which gives into the 'Forces of the nude archer...'. Cupid has been busy again, clearly!
Source: Naples Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Gelosia che dell'alme
Forces: soprano & continuo

Jealousy as the Mother of Tears is the theme of this very worthwhile cantata by the Neapolitan master. In RARA format, wonderfully expressive and tormented recitatives, a stunning Largo first aria and a fiery last aria.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: 33.3.33 (21).

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Già che teco io son mio bene
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata full of longing and some wonderful word painting in the two arias. ARA format sees Fileno's lover longing for his return - '...stop your running or the sun will not shine...'

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059 ; Segnatura: Cantate 41-08.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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...

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata a1 voce sola di soprano
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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''

Editor: James Sanderson
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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#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Lasciami solo in pene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leave me alone in my pain! So repeats our (quite upset) protagonist in this RARA format cantata. A sinuous Siciliano and a resolute final aria set the text off very effectively. This is the composer at his very inventive stage.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059 Segnatura: 33.3.33-05.
Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'' (!)

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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