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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

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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

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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

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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

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A Scarlatti: Agitato mio core
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as 'in Albano 1704'. Despite Eurilla's promise of fidelity her erstwhile beloved is nervous (small wonder with her track history) and his heart is all 'a-flutter'. RARA format with a particularly interesting format for the first aria Quietati.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(1)

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Ahi che sará di me? (Floro e Tirsi)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

2nd September, 1707. A substantial work where our two young men work with a text concerning the pains and joys of love containing 4 duets, two arias and a single recitative.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due soprani
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A Scarlatti: Amo, e negar nol posso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as 'Decembre 1704'. A large work with three recits and arias, two of the arias being particularly exciting and the third a lovely Siciliano. The subject deals with the power of love, once again.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(4) There is also a possible attribution to Sarro

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Andate o miei sospiri
Forces: soprano & continuo

"Go, oh my sighs, to Irene's heart, May it know of my pains by you..." An intensely chromatic work with two versions of the final aria. In most sources dated 10 March, 1712 and was composed in response to a cantata by Francesco Gasparini based on the same text. The second version of the final aria aria here is from a later version with the subtitle: con idea inumana, in regolato cromatico, ma non è per ogni professore – the final aria itself is inscribed with the words: Altr'aria capriccio dell' Autore

Range: d - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Bei Prati, freschi rivi
Forces: soprano & continuo

A beautiful cantata showing Scarlatti in great inventive mode. The theme is of love lost or gone away: death would be preferable, but even after death he is sure still to long for her. He calls Nature to witness his suffering, but only the merest echo comes back as a reply. RARA format, both arias complicated and chromatic and the recitatives full of harmonic twists and turns.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(3)

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Che Sisifo infelice
Forces: soprano & continuo

The subject deals with that old favourite 'lontananza' or separation using the image of Sisyphus pushing rocks uphill to illustrate the hopelessness of the lover's cause. A cantata with much to recommend it, come great recitative and aria writing. RARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Samlung HS 3977

Range: d - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Cinta dei più bei fiori
Forces: soprano & continuo

"Surrounded by so many beautiful flowers" and so much beautiful music. This is a substantial pastoral cantata (with an appearance by the faithless Clori) in RARARA format. Sinuous recitative and stunning arias!

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Deh' torna amico sonno (Il Sonno)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Here, dreams are the only escape from the pain of love. 'Oh come, oh merciful sleep...' In torturously complex recitatives and two characterful arias, Scarlatti shows himself once again to the be the master of the genre. From two sources in the Naples Conservatorii - Cantate 23 (7) and 255 (24) and dated September 22nd, 1716, this is a real gem.

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Del lagrimoso lido (Euridice dall'inferno)
Forces: soprano & continuo

The Orfeo story as told by Euridice, who implores Orfeo to recover her from hell (Aria 1), then addresses the Furies in the dramatic 2nd Aria with contrasting B section. The text of Aria 3 expresses cautious optimism, but the music undermines this with a fragmented coloratura in f# minor. Powerful recitatives and contrasted arias (b minor, F major, f# minor) make this a strong character portrayal. The edition gives Scarlatti's two settings of Aria 1 - the first a chromatic ground bass, the 'other way' a more modern cantabile aria, both capturing the pathos of Euridice.

Range - e'-a''

Form: R-A-R-A-R-A

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Del' Tirreno à le sponde
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14211 ff 58r - 64r

This sad, pastoral cantata sees our hero Fileno languishing for lost love (of Clori of course) on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea - the scene of many a fevered brow! In double recit-aria format, both arias andante but vastly different. Some excellent changes from secco recit into arioso.

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Della spietata Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Why do these men keep coming back for more? This perfidious Irene can kill with a glance, has Cupid on her side and just doesn't care! One of Scarlatti's more chromatic offerings in RARA format, both arias full of peno.

Range d - f'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: E come, oh Dio
Forces: soprano & continuo

[ca.1697/8]

Remarkable, dramatic recitatives, female narrator, theme of jealousy caused by separation; range: d'- g

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Era giunta quell' ora
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as '29 Novembre 1704'. Our protagonist has given in to the power of love and once more Fileno will be in Clori's arms. Her breast has far more allure than anything else! RARA format with two rapid-fire arias including an excellent Minuet.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(6)

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Fille, Fille, dolente Fille
Forces: soprano & continuo

As the title suggests, Fille is sad...but, disturbingly, she likes the treatment she is getting from Tirsi: 'I will enjoy my pains, because I adore the chains...' Disturbing! A wonderful cantata in RARA format, Scarlatti at his most harmonically adventurous.

Source: Naples, Cantate 266

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Fille, mia cara Fille
Forces: soprano & continuo

A wonderfully chromatic work from 1704 (November 4th), the chromaticism expressing the tortures of loving such an unfaithful woman as Fille (the usual). Long, complex recitatives and two very contrasting arias.

Range: d - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Filli adorata, e cara
Forces: soprano & continuo

Why do these men suffer so? Despite being separated from his beloved, our protagonist sings of his love for her being the reason for his life. His soul yearns and his death will swiftly follow, should she not return. Yeah, right! RARA format, one aria slow and sinuous, the other fast and virtuosic.

Range c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Già sorge l'Alba (Dorisbe cacciatrice)
Forces: soprano & continuo

A large cantata telling the story of the huntress Dorisbe. Her face is compared to the snares of Cupid, her bow to Cupid's darts and the listener is exhorted to hunt animals, not Love. In a complicated RAARARAA format, the last aria gradually becoming arioso then recitative. Some excellent hunting motifs in the music, particularly evoking the sound of the hunting horn.

Sources: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3977 and HS 864

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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A Scarlatti: Il ciel seren, le fresche aurette (La Primavera)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Source: Santini Collection, 3901 Diözesan Bibliothek, Münster

La Primavera depicts a scene in which two girls await the return of their lovers, Tirsi and Fileno. Spring, the melting of ice, and the return of flowers, happiness and love are the subject of the girls’ conversation.

Vocal Ranges
Clori: d’- g’’
Lidia: d’- g’’

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata per Camera a due Soprani Clori e Lidia Compagne
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A Scarlatti: Il genio di Mitilde
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: Paris Bibliothèque Nationale, MS D.11840

The capricious Mitilde has more moods than the sea has storms, and Scarlatti depicts her in a fiery cantata with exciting demands for singer, cellist and keyboard player.

Range - e' g''.

2 Recits and arias: 1. Spiritoso, D minor; 2. Alla breve, A major

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: In vano Amor tiranno
Forces: soprano & continuo

The first line says it all: Cupid is trying to destroy another young man's life with his darts and this guy is fighting back! An extensive work in RARARA format, the first two arias slow and sinuous, the last more matter-of-fact and resigned to fate.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Io son Neron (Il Nerone)
Forces: soprano & continuo

This cantata was written in 1698 and is from a manuscript with a number of other mythological or historical themes rather than pastoral. The self-styled 'Emperor of the World', Nero, is certainly enjoying his ego! Florid and virtuosic. RARARAR format with a fiery recitative finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3909

Range: d - b'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: La dove a Mergellina
Forces: Soprano & continuo

There at Mergellina where the sea kisses the shore, the lovelorn Elpino went alone one day, addressing the waves: "Love him that loves you..." A stunning example of the genre in a long-awaited edition from Rosalind Halton and a must have for the lovers of cantate de camera. In RARA format and taken from two sources, Naples and London.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: La morte di Mitilde
Forces: soprano & continuo

Mitilde dies and with her dies the flame of Love. A challenging and fascinating example in RARA format, the recitatives travelling through widely disparate tonalities and the contrasting arias, one a stunning Adagio and one a classic cut-common rage against the tyrant, have very clearly defined characters and great musical values.

The source is a manuscript in the Naples collections. Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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A Scarlatti: Libertà del mio cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

[ca.1709] - one source only extant.
Theme of the bird seeking freedom/ the lover freedom from love. Virtuoso aria 1, final siciliano very beautiful.

Range: d'-g''. A major/D major.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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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

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A Scarlatti: Lontan dall' Idol mio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Sources: 7 MS sources, as described in the notes, dated 1699 in one source (Bodleian Library, Oxford).

Subject: the illusion of love being present, though far away. This is one of the most profound and passionate settings by Scarlatti on the theme of distance and separation, from its opening interval - a minor 9th - to the wild despairing modulations within the final Siciliano aria.

Featured on chacona's recording 'Olimpia: cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti'.

Vocal range: d'-g''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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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

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A Scarlatti: Mesto lasso, e ramingo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as June of 1704. Submerged in sadness and sorrow, our protagonist pleads with Fate for release. In regular RARA format with a quirky 3/4 first aria and a lovely, pleading Siciliano to finish.

Source: Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(2)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Mi tormenta il pensiero (i)
Forces: soprano & continuo

The first version of this cantata, dated 10 March 1701 in Scarlatti's 'Cantata Diary'. 'Tormented by my thoughts, consumed with desire, lost is hope, and without hope what point is there in life?' The torments of Jealousy in love. RARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 864(7)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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