Astorga, Emanuele d'

Born: 11 December 1681

Died: 21 August 1736

Biography

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Astorga: Aurora Idolo mio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love, jealousy and a cieco Dio Amore who likes to shoot his arrows in the backside of anyone unsuspecting... "My punishment is to love..."

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 103 (06)

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Astorga: Cangia loco, e cangia sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the mistaken belief that removing himself from the presence of his love will make him feel better, our young shepherd learns a hard lesson about the power of love. In ARA format, both arias in the 'pathetic' style and the second making one wonder whether Handel had heard it...?

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(2)

Range: d# - g'

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Astorga: Cara Lidia adorata
Forces: soprano & continuo

Using the old 'ship into harbour' story our young man tries to woo Lidia, but she's having none of it! "...Too cruel, too unfaithful..." he cries, but to what avail? In RARA format with two very 'spiky' arias, lots of chromatic twists in both arias and recitatives.

Source: Müs Santini Sammlung HS859(14)

Range: c - g'

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Astorga: Che fai, che pensi, e che risolvi?
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The course of true love never runs smooth and in this delightful story of Aminta & Dorinda two emotions play in her heart - disdain and love - what will the outcome be? Dorinda will remain constant!

Source: (autograph?) in the British Museum RM.22.a.8(1)

Range: d - a''

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Astorga: Che Sisifo infelice
Forces: soprano & continuo

Just like pushing stones up-hill, maintaining a relationship! No matter how close or how far (this is a lontananza cantata) the pain is constant. "Distance only brings pain". A wonderfully sinuous first aria and a straighforward, no-nonsense final andante. RARA format.

Range: d - ab''

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Astorga: Clori, che un dì vantava costanza in petto
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Clori, who one day boasted of constancy in her breast and fidelity in her heart...' is not! Another setting of this poetry (see Mancini's), this time by the enigmatic Barone d'Astorga. In RARA format, this is delightful with some interesting challenges for the cellist.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Music S Pietro a Majella, Naples.

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Astorga: E pur dolce, dolce amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Willing to die from the effects of love, but knowing of the inability of women to properly love or be faithful, our shepherd rejects the laughter of Cupid at his pains, knowing that a single glance from his beloved would give him the last laugh!

In ARA format with a affettuoso beginning and an allegro finish sourrounding a characteristically complex recitative this is an enjoyable and challenging example of the genre.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(1)

Range: f - g'

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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'

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Astorga: Fedeltà s'è tanto bella
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata in ARA format. The lover bemoans Fille's inconstancy (yet again!) "I will escape Cupid's darts and Fille's glances and will live content in with my heart in freedom."

Range: d# - a''

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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

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Astorga: In questo core
Forces: soprano & continuo

A wonderfully piece, full of twists and turns. ARA format with a first aria of many chromatic passages and keys. "Think for a moment on my constancy and my sincere love as I suffer these torments".

Range: eb to ab'

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Astorga: Non lasciarmi o bella speme
Forces: soprano & continuo

For once love and constancy is rewarded. Although the lover fears jealousy and distance from the beloved, 'hope springs eternal' for "...the distance between us is nothing when I know of your sweet constancy..." Some wonderfully chromatic moments in the first largo aria and the closing allegro is fully of rhythmic shifts.

Source: Santini HS 859 (last)

Range: e flat - g'

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Astorga: Poiche deggio partire
Forces: soprano & continuo

A simple motto for lovers everywhere characterises this piece - "If you are constant I will also be faithful...!"

In RARA format concluding with a lovely chromatic Siciliano (appropriate considering d'Astorga's background).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(12)

Range: e - g'

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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'

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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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