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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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A setting of psalm 115(116)
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Cantata à voce solo con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Setting of Psalm 129/130
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce soprano con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Solo vespers motet
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Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Clori, vezzosa Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Separation angst is the theme again in this pastoral cantata. Apart from Clori, her lover bewails his fate through woods, mountains and streams (they always seem to walk so far!). RARA format, the first aria full of wonderful suspensions and a slowly agitated bass line, the second with more agitation in 12/8

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(3)

Range: e flat - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Credidi propter
Forces: SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14127 ff 29r - 38r (autograph)

A setting of psalm 115(116) Credidi propter quod locutus sum ego divided into 3 sections: Psalm - Gloria - Sicut erat & amen.

Written in 1745 for the Ospedaletto, it appears to have been reworked at a later date for SSAB coro, a format more characteristic of earlier works for the Pietà. This version follows the original SSAA coro version in all respects.

Editor: James Sanderson

A setting of psalm 115(116)
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Porpora: Credimi pur che t'amo
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Written in July of 1712 this edition uses the autograph source in the British Library. Scored for two violins, soprano and continuo and dealing with the vagaries of love this is definitely an early work, very similar in style to parts of Flavio Anicio Olibrio and reflecting an older style of cantata. It starts with a three part sinfonia, followed by two recitative and aria pairs (the last a particularly beautiful Siciliano).

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo con violini
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Porpora: D'amore il primo dardo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cantata Op 1, no. 1

Text by Metastasio, concerning the power of Amore to pierce the heart with the very first dart. Affettuoso - recit - Allegro (both arias with 'Si sona' ritornelli)

Range: f' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Dalle regia di Flora
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210

A delightful testament to the beauty of Flora, both physical and 'spiritually'. Comparisons to flowers, the fields, the dawn and, for once, nothing bitter! 2 recits and arias, with the final aria in the classic Porpora virtuosic style.

Range: d - f''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: De profundis
Forces: soprano & alto solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14128 ff 83r - 105r

A substantial setting of the De Profundis in 9 movements, 4 choral (SSAA), 4 solo and one duet, written in 1744 for the Ospedaletto. The soloists are entered in the score as: Bernadetta, Elisabetta Pia, Lauretta (soprani), with Angioletta Moro and Barbara (contralti). As is common in these liturgical settings, Porpora features favoured/most talented students first, the first soprano and alto arias being the most virtuosic.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 129/130
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Porpora: Di vaga fera le bell'orme
Forces: soprano & continuoA substantial work in RARA form

The first recit becomes an arioso, the arias are both beautiful and virtuosic, the recitatives live up to expectation of painting a vivid picture of the story: this time of the bonds of love. "Were I to leave Clori I would become incapable of loving again..."

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Dice che m'ami
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14214 ff 78v - 85v (only source)

In aria-recit-aria form, both arias without tempo indication, but probably a tempo giusto and lento or affettuoso. As usual, the recitative is beautifully crafted, accurately reflecting the rhythm of the language. The text concerns love as an allegory of the life of a sailor on rough seas.

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Dolce canto l'Augellino
Forces: soprano & continuo

They never learn not to trust Cupid! Using the metaphor of a bird losing its freedom through falling in love with a beautiful face, the poet weaves an enchanting cantata text which Porpora sets using the ARA format. Both arias in minor keys but clearly portraying the bird in figurations reminiscent of bird call.

Source: Münster Santini 3313 (6)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Gli orti Esperidi
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The four arias written for Farinelli in one of his first appearances. Here he sings the rôle of Adone. See the individual arias for MIDI preview - buy all four and save £££!

Includes: Se il morir, fosse mia pena;
Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar;
Giusto Amor; and Se son lontano dal mio diletto

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Polifemo
Forces: soprano solo with various orchestral accompaniments

Five of the amazing arias written for Farinelli in Porpora's 'Polifemo'

See the individual arias for previews:
Oh' volesser gli Dei/Dolci fresche aurette
Lontan dal solo e caro/Lusingato dalla speme agitato
Nell' attendere il mio bene
Alto Giove
Che dici or tu ch'ai poter che Giove?/Senti il fato

All in orchestral score.

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Fra le più folte piante
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210

In one of Porpora's more dramatically contrasting cantatas, the young lover is exhorted to deal with his rage by railing at the heavens, giving rise to a wonderful aria 'Contro me il Ciel spietato'. We find out it's a girl again in the next recitative and the cantata finishes with the young man promising to die for his love.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Già la notte s'avvicina (La Pesca)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 6

Another of Metastasio's famous cantata texts - as night draws in the lover calls Nice to take in the air, compares her to Teti, Galatea, Glauce and Dori - nothing quite like love! Adagio - Recit - Allegretto, all beautiful.

Range: e' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Giusto amor tu che m'accendi
Forces: soprano/alto, obbligato cello & continuo

Adonis' (Farinelli) aria from Act 2, scene ii of the 'Dramma per Musica' Gli orti esperidi (Naples, Palazzo Reale 28th August 1721).

Source BL MS Add. 14118 (autograph).

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Idolo del mio core
Forces: soprano & continuo

Another from the Naples MS 34.6.25. Here our lover calls "Tell me where you are! Show me where the one I adore is gone!" 

In RARA format, with surprisingly brief recitatives, the second aria Largo has some delightful harmonic shifts. It is intersting to note that the continuo figures in this (only) copy are only written where the vocal part does not appear.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Idolotrata e cinta
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add 14225

The protagonist laments the cruelty of unrequited love. The last aria is one of the finest examples of a 'bird song' aria that I have seen

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Il Narciso amo la Rosa
Forces: soprano & continuo

What could be clearer than this lovely flower simile? Narcissus loves Rose and Violet is dull! ARA format with very pretty arias.

Source: Münster Santini 859 (3)

Range: f - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Il Vulcano
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A stunning, large work with some really impressive vocal writing, both in the recitatives and the 2 arias. Opening with a Sinfonia in two parts, Vulcan bemoans Venus and her inconstancy. Not, perhaps, an ideal wife for him after all! The first aria, Largo is expressive and virtuosic and the final aria is appropriately fiery.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce soprano con violini
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Porpora: In caelo stelle clare
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

One of four solo motets for voice and strings written in 1744/45 for singers at the Ospedaletto in Venice. This virtuosic work is dedicated to Graziola, one of the main soloists Porpora composed for at the Ospedaletto.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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Porpora: Io non amo altro che voi
Forces: soprano & continuo

Starting appropriately with an amoroso aria this is a beautiful ARA format work. It is an homage to the beauty and power of the eyes in love.

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(15)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: La viola che languiva
Forces: soprano & continuo

source BL MS Add 14229

lovely pastoral image of a flower languishing on the banks of a river (and of course the shepherd lover)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Laetatus Sum
Forces: soprano, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 14126

Super motet (part of the Marian Vespers) written for the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1744

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo vespers motet
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Porpora: Lasciovi al fin grandezze (Il Ritiro)
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Retreat from Love! A substantial cantata for soprano and strings from a MS in the Naples Conservatorio. The copyist's work has been corrected and amended by Porpora himself and there is a wealth of articulation, figures and text adjustments to work from. A two-part sinfonia is followed by a secco recit, aria with strings, accompagnato recit and a final pastorale-style aria with strings.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Porpora: Lontan dal solo e caro
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) first aria in Act II, full of pathos and a beautiful line.

Accompagnato recit followed by moderato aria, the solo oboe in the aria both echoing and precursing the vocal line.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Lontananza non risana
Forces: soprano & continuo

As with all lontananza cantatas, this is filled with yearning. "...the further my beloved is, the greater my sadness..." etc. A stunning, chromatic Siciliano opens the ARA format with a sprightly allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini HS 859 (10)
Range: c - g'
Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Lucciolette andate à Fille
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14214

This is an extremey enchanting cantata in aria-recit-aria form. The poor boy is totally in love but the beloved is having none of it. Retribution and hatred are the only alternatives. The opening matter of fact aria leads to an extraordinary recitative and final minuet.

Range: d - g'
Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Lungi dal suo Fileno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add 14225

Unrequited love in a complex harmonic world! The tale of Eurilla and Fileno told from the female point of view. First aria has operatic Adagio with fermate opening, reminiscent of many opening arias for the 'primo uomo' in Porpora's operas

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Mentre canta l'augelletto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add 14214

The tale of love, Cupid's darts and a nightingale!
The chromaticism of the recit and second aria are something to be believed, as is the simplicity of the bird song alluded to in the first aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Misera, e che farò?
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.m.30 (contemporary copy)

Arianna's beautiful lament in the centre of act II of Porpora's Arianna in Naxo. The role of Arianna was sung Sgra Cuzzoni at the premier in the Lincoln's Inn Fields theatre in December of 1733. Arianna has just had a 'scene' with both Antiope and Teseo and she's not a happy girl. The accompanied recit is dramatic and exciting, the aria virtuosic and beautiful.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Porpora: Nel mio sonno almen (Il sogno)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 2

Text by Metastasio in which the lover dreams of his beloved taking away all sadness
Lento - Recit (spectacular) - Andantino

Range: e' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Nell' attendere il mio bene
Forces: soprano, 2 corni, 2 trombe, 2 oboè, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) second Acti II aria and what a sing. This is certainly a 'stand and deliver' moment with the largest scoring in the whole opera.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Ninfe e Pastor che al bel sebeto in riva
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210

The sad tale of the death of Tirsi and Fille's desire to die as well - after the aria of course! 2 recit and aria format, the last being virtuosic again.
Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Non hò vita hò viva morte
Forces: soprano & continuo

To be separated from the beloved is a fate worse than death. In ARA format, the first aria a 'pathetic' largo and the last, portraying the sailor on rough seas, a wonderful allegro

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313 (11)
Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Nunc dimittis (1744)
Forces: 2 soprano solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14126 (autograph)

The canticle sung as part of compline since the 4th century (Luke 2:29-31). In five parts, three choral with a soprano solo and a double soprano duet (quite tricky) Porpora's setting was written in 1744 for the girls of the Ospedaletto in Venice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Canticle setting
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Porpora: Ò come à tempo qui t'incontro
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: 2 copies in the British Library

This is not a cantata to win friends and influence people within the 'feminist movement'. The final (strangely written) aria uses the text: You are a woman, so I expect you to be inconstant and unfaithful, but I forgive you; I am a man and will fall in love with other women, just enjoy it!. It's either a very modern marriage or slightly insulting, you decide. In two recit and aria format, the arias both largo and without ritornelli.
Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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