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Extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater
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Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Cantata spirituale à voce sola di contralto
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A Bononcini: Augeletti, ruscelli ed aurette
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

'Oh, how lucky is he who spends his days away from the noise and bustle of the city...the is no treasure more dear than sweet silence'. This is a paen to the pastoral life in ARA format. Absolutely delightful work with some very tricky vocal writing for a quite low voice part. Additionally, it is clear that Antonio was a cellist as the continuo part is both high and rather a challenge. Enjoyable for the cellists amongst you!

Source: Naples I-Nc

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di mezzo-soprano
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A Bononcini: Clori, dal' colle al' prato
Forces: alto & continuo

An unhappy Clori this time - not the cause of someone else's woes. Flora, fragrant Flora, has stolen her man and Clori is not happy "Flora, one day you'll see, one day you will be punished for your vanity". RARA format with two excellent, complex and beautiful arias.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Bononcini: Clori, perche d'amore
Forces: alto & continuo

"Know, oh beloved, that although I die from your inconstancy, I die with your face imprinted on my heart...". Yet another doormat for Clori's wanton ways. RARA format with a Larghetto "Tell me if you have found a new flame..." and a fiery, rhythmic Allegro to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Bononcini: Finche la bella Irene
Forces: alto & continuo

"As long as beautiful Irene smiled on me I was in love..." Obviously, this didnt last and by the end of this RARA format cantata for low alto, our singer feels how love has betrayed him.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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A Bononcini: Tortorella innamorata
Forces: alto & continuo

A classic bird-song cantata with some lovely touches. Our turtle-dove fears only the loss of his beloved.

Source: Naples Conservatorio

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Scarlatti: Clori e Mirtillo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo Source: Santini HS 3903

A totally charming duo cantata in which Love is neither insulted nor threatened! The lovers, Clori and Mirtillo, are actually happy AND in one another's company. This of course leads to quite a lot of music - two duets and an aria each, all linked with some excellent recitative.

Range (Clori): g - g'
Range (Mirtillo): c - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Dove fuggi, ò bella Clori?
Forces: soprano, alto, violins & continuo

A virtuoso duet cantata for soprano and alto with strings, a mini-opera with wit, pathos, and brilliance. Lidio is in hot pursuit of Clori - but she scorns love and all his protestations, until in the final duet they join in praise of the joys and pains of love. Published by kind permission of the Diözesan-Bibliothek, Münster.

Range Clori: d'-g''
Range Lidio: b-c''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à due, soprano e contralto con violini
£7.95
A Scarlatti: Giù di Vulcan
Forces: alto & continuo

Join the god Vulcan in his depths to discuss the changeable nature of love. RARA format with some wonderfully sinuous writing in recitative and aria.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3909

Range: b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Scarlatti: Leandro anima mia (Ero e Leandro)
Forces: alto & continuo

Hero calls for Leander who is attempting to swim the Hellespont to meet her. Upon his death she reacts to his loss and her reaction is interpreted by a narrator character in a final aria. In RARARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3909

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Scarlatti: Lieti boschi, ombre amiche
Forces: alto & continuo

Taking refuge in the forests, amongst the friendly shades, our heart-broken protagonist sighs at his plight. The trees, breezes, beasts and birds know how he feels, but Clori is insensitive to his love. RARA format with a spiky adagio and a rather sprightly andante to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3907(15)

Range: b - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Scarlatti: Marc Antonio e Cleopatra
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: MS.3901, Santini Collection of the Diözesan Library, Münster. It is the only source of this work, which consists of chamber duets with basso continuo. One of the works, the famous 'Questo silenzio ombroso' carries the comment '1707 in Urbino'.

This is a substantial chamber duet with recits & arias for both characters as well as two extensive duets.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à voce di soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Mi tormenta il pensiero (ii)
Forces: alto & continuo

The second version on this text, using more of the text than version I. The cruel force of Jealousy plagues the young lover in this concisely written pastoral cantata. Tormented by thoughts, consumed with desire, lost is hope, and without hope what point is there in life?.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung 3909

Range: b - c#'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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A Scarlatti: Nò non ti voglio Cupido
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The changeable attitude to love certainly makes for a bright piece of music! The opening and closing duets (to the same music) projects two different moods - 'No I don't want it' and 'Yes, I do' Separated by two recits and arias, one for each voice.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(1)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due, soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Son le nere pupilette
Forces: alto & continuo

A cantata all about beautiful dark eyes, asking Cupid to make sure the intended remains faithful and loving.

The source for this edition is a copy in Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3977(14) which contains mainly cantatas by Scarlatti together with examples by Francesco Mancini, Carlo Cesarini, Giovanni Bononcini, Pietro Bencini and Filippo Colenelli.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Astorga: In queste amene selve
Forces: alto & continuo

In the classically charming pastoral theme, in a pleasant woods love's constancy is questioned, found wanting and not forgiven - the lover awaits his beloved's return in death. Excellent arias and complex recitatives.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(5)

Range: c - e' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Astorga: Regio fior pompa d'Aprile
Forces: alto & continuo

Fileno is once again in love, this time with a Filli who returns his feelings - taking pleasure in the joys of Spring. Two excellent arias, the first with some particularly piquant chromaticisms.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(8)

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Astorga: Stabat Mater
Forces: SATB solo, SATB chorus, strings and continuo

d'Astorga's beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater for SATB solo, SATB chorus, strings and continuo.

Editor: James Sanderson

Extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater
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Bononcini: 2 duetti da camera
Forces: sop, alto/alto, alto & continuo

The two duetti da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Pietoso Nume Arcier (2 altos & continuo)
Luci barbare spietate (soprano, alto & continuo)

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Editor: James Sanderson

2 chamber duets
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Bononcini: 3 alto cantate con violini
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

The three alto cantate con violini from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Care luci del mio bene
Misero pastorello
Siedi Amarilli mia

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Editor: James Sanderson

3 cantate à voce sola di contralto con violini
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Bononcini: 3 alto cantate da camera
Forces: alto & continuo

The three alto cantate da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Gia la stagion d'amore
Lasciami un sol momento
O mesta tortorella

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Editor: James Sanderson

3 cantate à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Anche i tronchi
Forces: alto & continuo

'Even the trees and rocks know of my suffering - only you ignore it'. The demanding cello part especially in aria 2 reflects the virtuosity of the composer Bononcini (presumably Giovanni). A-R-A-R-A

Sources: MÜs 3903 & BL Add MS 31547

Alto: g-c''

Editor: Rosalind Halton
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Care luci del mio bene
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

"Dear eyes of my beloved, you would be more beautiful still if you had some pity for me..." Nice is not being nice (again), nevertheless her erstwhile suitor remains faithful and hopes for her pity on his plight. ARA format with some stylish writing for both voice and violins.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: a - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto con violini
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Bononcini: Clori bell' idol mio
Forces: alto & continuo

Bononcini at his sinuous best here. In RARA format with two affettuoso arias singing of the tears that fall from being parted from the beloved 'Clori my beautiful idol, I am a faithful lover of your beauty'.

Source: Naples Conservatorio

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Del Tebro in sù la riva
Forces: alto & continuo

On the banks of the Tiber a young girl sits and weeps at the cruelty of her beloved. A single glance from him can simultaneously revive and dash her hopes of love. In RARARA format with quite a low range. Good 'pathetic' arias and a faster 12/8 to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(17)

Range: F - d'

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Dove sei mia bella Irene?
Forces: alto & continuo

"Where are you my beautiful Irene?...Where are you hiding? The sun shines among the shadows and leaves but it does not shine for me." The God of Love has been busy giving that pain only Love can bring... A very attractive, short cantata in ARA format with a final recitative instead of a da capo. A lugubrious Adagio to start and a semi-ground andante to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Ecco Dorinda il giorno
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Contemporary copy (see soprano version below) of the first cantata in the 1721 edition dedicated to George I. (2-part prelude then RARARA format. All arias most singable with a virtuosic presto in the middle. Our young lover is leaving his Dorinda and makes a real song and dance about it!

Source BL Add 14226 f57 - 70r

Range: d - b flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto con violini
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Bononcini: Lasciami un sol momento
Forces: alto & continuo

"Leave me but a moment..." to wallow in self-pity of course. The sad story of the doomed love of Eurillo and Dorinda in ARA format. An excellent chromatic largo to start and a lively tempo giusto to finish.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: b flat to d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Luci barbare spietate
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The tempestuous meeting of Tirsi and Dorinda. 'Your eyes are the cause of my suffering...but I will always be faithful...' In Duet - Recit - Duet format with both duets virtuosic for the singers.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range (soprano): c - g'

Range (alto): G - d

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Bononcini: Misero pastorello
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

At least this time the shepherd is not bemoaning being trerated badly by his beloved. He missed the fields with his sheep and looks forward to returning. 2-part prelude, then RARA format. It is a considerable work.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library.

Range: G - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto e violini
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Bononcini: O mesta tortorella
Forces: alto & continuo

The image of the turtle dove taking away sorrow and bringing contentment to the unhappy shepherdess longing for her beloved Tirsi. In RARA format with a throbbing affettuoso and a sprightly con spirito, ma non presto. Great writing for the continuo as well!

Source: British Library copy of the 1721 edition

Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Pietoso nume arcier
Forces: 2 altos & continuo

Dorinda and Aldimira are bemoaning the infidelities of their lovers, Tirsi and Aminta. Luckily they have each other to spur on their suit. In duet (largo et affettuoso) - recit - duet (allegro) format.

Source:1721 edition in the British Library

Range (both): b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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Bononcini: Siedi Amarilli mia
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

A large cantata for alto with a complicated structure. The story deals with the pain of love and includes a dialogue between the lovers Amarilli and Fileno (though sung by the same voice). The first aria sighs, alternating with recitative, the second is sobbing and the third is sprightly. Two-part opening prelude.

Source: British Library copy of 1721 edition

Range: a - e flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto e violini
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Bononcini: Son io barbara donna
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 103v - 110r

Bononcini's setting of a very popular cantata text. A boy unhappy with his Clori again. She is a minx! Two very different arias with a lovely sobbing line in the first sospira à miei sospiri and a matter-of-fact final andante - pensa ch'un nouvo amante non ti sarà costante!

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Durante: Cantata spirituale 1 (Vincesti pur vincesti)
Seneca funato ossia la crudeltà di Nerone

Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add. 14110

2 recitatives and arias, dramatic and beautiful cantata.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale à voce sola di contralto
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Durante: Cantata spirituale 2 (Dove infelice)
L'anima del ricco Epulone parlante nell'Inferno

Forces: alto & continuo
Source BL Add. 14110
Paired recitative and aria, dramatic cantata.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale à voce sola di contralto
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Durante: Cantata spirituale 3 (Lascia alfin mio cor)
Il fine dell' uomo

Forces: alto & continuo
Source BL Add. 14110
Cantata in grand religious style. Paired recitative and aria.

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata spirituale à voce sola di contralto
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