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Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Duetto à soprano e basso con violini
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Collection of 6 cantatas for soprano
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Cieco Dio fors'io quel fiore Forces: soprano & continuo Blind Cupid is causing grief again for our young lover and inspires this paean. A 'classic' aria (Amoroso) - recit - aria (Allegro) format with some fascinating chromatic twists and turns. Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 14) Range: e - f#' Editor: James Sanderson
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Mancini: Lungi dal tuo sembiante
Forces: soprano & continuo

Here our erstwhile lover is wrapped up in all the torments of the classic 'lontananza' cantata. He is prepared to die for love if his distant beloved would just turn the light of her eyes towards him and show him her face. A large RARARA format aria from the Naples Conservatorio collection (S. Pietro a Majella).

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Mentre in grembo al riposo
Forces: soprano & continuo

In his sleep, Fileno dreams that an unknown woman is lamenting over his rejection of her love. The first aria, the lament, is simply stunning - beautiful harmony and melodic writing. The last aria offers coloratura challenges and the recitatives are typically well-shaped and effective.
Source, Naples Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella. RARA format.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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: Or che di Primavera (La Primavera)
Forces: soprano & continuo

The Spring fills the heart of animals, birds and plants with Love, even that of our singer with his love for Fille. But, of course, Fille does not return this love and leaves him broken-hearted...the classic rejection cantata. Our erstwhile lover then warns that the Winter of old age will rob her of her Spring-like beauty and she will regret 'Yes, yes!' having spurned his love. In RARA format, the arias are particularly beautiful and the recitatives wander through some bizarre tonal language.
Source: Naples - Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Music S Pietro a Majella.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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: Piangete occhi dolenti
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Weep sad eyes, and distil my tears so that my laments fill each hour.' A wonderfully self-indulgent cantata from the Naples collection. In RARA format, the first a torturous Largo and the second a sprightly Allegro reminiscent of the recorder sonatas.

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Mancini: Più dell'onda, e più del vento
Forces: soprano & continuo

The treacherous Filli has given her heart to many others, but has held it back from our protagonist. 'Confess cruel one that you are the murderer of my heart!' ARA format with two triple-time arias with plenty of coloratura and some very good word painting here. From a MS in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Naples.

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Mancini: Qual errante farfaletta
Forces: soprano & continuo

'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!

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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Mancini: Quanto mai saria più bella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Being compared to a stream may not be every girl's idea of a compliment, and Irene is no exception. Our young shepherd loves her, but is worried she is not faithful. Two arias surround a busy recitative and the key is in our shepherd's final words: If the heart is a traitor all the beauty of a lovely face cannot make me a lover!!

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Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Mancini: Scritte con falso inganno
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Se non piangi al pianto mio
Forces: soprano & continuo

"If you do not cry at my tears..." Continuing with the sad cantata themes, this is a lovely work in ARARA format by the Neapolitan master Francesco Mancini. Pathos and not a little fire are on offer with some truly twisted recitatives in our lover's reaction to Lilla's heartlessness!
Sources: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella – Napoli: Cantate 22 (30) and 181 (33).

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Son cosi cosi geloso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 38036 ff 89r - 94r
A cantata dedicated to the little green demon of jealousy! Three excellent arias, particularly the first and some extensive and carefully crafted recitative. From a collection dated 1706, at least know the latest date it could have been written!

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Beneath the beech tree this time is Dalindo in relective mood. He dwells on the pain of disdain and the 'soothing balsam of love'. In RARA format, the violins providing a ritornello in the first aria and an integral echoing role in the second siciliano aria.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 860

Range: e - b'' flat

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Tinte à note di sangue
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 ff 18r - 21v
A complex piece with an excellent vari-tempo final aria. The text can be summed up in two lines from the first recit: Written in blood, these tormented words my betrayed heart sends to you...Think, think how much I have loved you, know that you are not mine, and weep for the pity of my plight
Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Tu partisti ò bella Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori has left and he seeks her '...beautiful eyes to lift his sorrow...' but is she as faithful as he would like? Only time will tell! A large ARARA format cantata with three lovely arias and some complex recitative writing. From the Naples Conservatorio collection.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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Marcello: Lontananza e gelosia
Forces: soprano & continuo

very attractive cantata from BL MS Add 14215 which expounds the plight of the lover of Dorinda (la bella) and has a great gasping aria to end.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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Pergolesi: Salve Regina (g)
Forces: soprano, solo violoncello, strings & continuo

A setting of this most famous Marian Anthem with an extraordinary degree of pathos involved. Some exquisite vocal writing and a very satisfying obbligato cello part in the Eia ergo advocata nostra.

Source: BL MS R.M.23.c.17.(2), once the property of Dr. Burney.
Range: c - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Salve Regina
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Porpora: Alto Giove
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal.

In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section.

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Porpora: Amor crudele Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14,215 ff 68r - 71v

Recit - aria - recit - aria form with two beautifully contrasting arias. The shepherd rails against Amor and prays for the love of his shepherdess.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Calcante ed Achille
Forces: soprano, bass, violins, viola & continuo

A substantial chamber duet with a sinfonia, an aria for each character and a final duet. This is beautiful writing with many variations on the aria format, middle sections with different tempi and Afekt. It is the seer Calcas pronouncing the sacrifice of Iphegenia that set off the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles (Iliad).

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto à soprano e basso con violini
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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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Editor: James Sanderson
Collection of 6 cantatas for soprano
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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#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Cieco Dio fors'io quel fiore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Blind Cupid is causing grief again for our young lover and inspires this paean. A 'classic' aria (Amoroso) - recit - aria (Allegro) format with some fascinating chromatic twists and turns.

Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 14)

Range: e - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cieco Dio fors'io quel fiore Forces: soprano & continuo Blind Cupid is causing grief again for our young lover and inspires this paean. A 'classic' aria (Amoroso) - recit - aria (Allegro) format with some fascinating chromatic twists and turns. Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 14) Range: e - f#' Editor: James Sanderson
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Porpora: Cinto il cor d'aspre catene
Forces: soprano & continuo

'The Joys of Love are greater than any freedom' must be the moral of this pastoral cantata. Trapped in the chains of love, the young man still longs for his Fille, not for freedom! In simple ARA format with a very beautiful pair of arias.

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313 (Nr. 19)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Clari Splendete
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add. 14125

Written in March 1744 for the Ospedaletto. Virtuosic solo motet.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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