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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 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: Bella, bella quanto crudel
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

Despite appalling treatment, Irene's lover remains constant and wants more (remind you of anyone?) Complex recits and some exciting chromatic harmonies in the arias. RARA format.

Source: Münster Santini HS 859 (11)

Range: d - e'

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: Qual'ora io veggio
Forces: mezzo-soprano, violins & continuo

"Irene is so beautiful when she wears white - it reminds me of the colour of my devotion to her." A delicious work for low soprano (or high counter tenor) and violins, in Scarlatti's later Neapolitan galant style. Transparent textures and buoyant melodic lines are the colour of this sparkling work.

Vocal range: c' - f#''.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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Astorga: Ecco perfida Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

This is taking the sacrifice for love just a little too far. Despite Irene's nastiness, her coldness, her viciousness her lover still wants to just die for her. Oh, please! In RARA format with a strikingly strong first aria in cut common time and a wonderful sinuous final largo.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(15)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson
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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

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Bononcini: Irene Idolo amato
Forces: soprano & continuo

Within the classic 'partenza' cantatas this is unusual as it refers directly to going off to war and perhaps dying in battle. Some lovely linguistic turns and this RARA format cantata.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(16)

Range: c# - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson
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D Scarlatti: Ti ricorda o bella Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Aria - recit - aria format with interesting major/minor juxtapositions in the last. It's the tale of another long-suffering lover willing to do anything for his beloved.

Range: b - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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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!!

Editor: James Sanderson

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