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Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Aria with notated ornamentation
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Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Aria from Germanico in Germania
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Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Aria from Polifemo Act III, v
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Fago: Forz'è pur nel proprio sangue
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The wonderful lament in Part II of Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso - worthy competition to Porpora's Alto Giove. Amazing performance by Europa Galante on YouTube. The character Messo bewails the fate of the Jewish people being pursued by Pharoah and warns how the waves will wash away the anger and blood. 5-part string accompaniment.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica 'Luigi Cherubini' - Firenze; Inventario: B.2374 ; Segnatura: B.2374 ; CF.55

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Leo: Qual farfalla innamorata
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

From Leo's extraordinary opera Zenobia in Palmira this is Decio's Act II, scene vii aria: 'Like a butterfly crazed with love, the hope I harbour within my heart flutters forever around the flame'. And we all know what happens when butterflies get burnt!! Love with danger here. Also on the Cecelia Bartoli recording 'Sacrificium'.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Mancini: Caro, s'io moro almeno
Forces: soprano & continuo

This comes from a manuscript in Lbl, the work of Roman copyist Tarquinio Lanciani (who copied works of Handel, A. Scarlatti, and Caldara). It provides a fascinating glimpse into ornamentation patterns familiar to early 18th century musicians.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Aria with notated ornamentation
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Porpora: Alto Giove
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal.

In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section.

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Porpora: Chiara dea
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Act I scene i of Porpora's 1711 opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio provides us with another obbligato cello aria (who was the cellist?)

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Oh volesser gli dei/Dolce fresche aurette grate
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Autograph copy in Royal Music Collection

Acis' (Farinelli's) opening aria from 'Polifemo'

It is a beautiful accompanied recit followed by a largo with an allegro 'b' section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Parto, ti lascio, o cara
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Arminio's wonderfully expressive aria from Act II of Germanico in Germania. Lyrical, heart-rending - an absolute showstopper! Witten by Porpora for his pupil Caffarelli - long phrases and extreme leaps in the vocal line, a kind of pain that, in spite of everything, is sweet.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Germanico in Germania
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Porpora: Perchè ad amarmi
Forces: tenor, strings & continuo

From Act I scene vi of Flavio Anicio Olibrio this is Ricimero's aria about resoluteness in fighting for love

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Porpora: Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Farinelli's second aria from one of his first appearances (Rome 1721) in Gli Orti Esperidi. In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of the power of love to hold him to his beloved despite the horrors of Tartarus.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Se il morir, fosse mia pena
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The first aria from one of Farinelli's forst appearances (Rome 1721). In the rôle of Adonis, Farinelli sings of his willingness to give up his life for love of Venus.

A beautiful aria with primarily violin bass rather than continuo.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Se pietoso il tuo labro
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 31593 ff 30r - 33v

A deceptively virtuosic aria with exciting rhythmic and melodic interest and occasionally bizarre harmonies. If your lips would have pity upon me... From Ezio (1728).

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ezio
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Porpora: Se son lontano dal mio diletto
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Adone (Farinelli)'s second aria from Act II of Porpora's Gli orti Esperidi. A charming allegro with a 'pathetic' twist, once again principally accompanied by the upper strings - perhaps a gesture to the young Farinelli's age (16 at the time). Adone sings of the fear which enters his heart in the absence of his beloved.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: Senti il fato
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Polifemo Act III, scene v

Acis' (Farinelli's) last aria. In the true bravura style which made both singer and composer famous this aria is extraordinary! Everything from fiendish coloratura to leaps of a 10th, 11th and 12th. Masterful writing. The aria is preceded by a secco recitative and has a slower, though even more virtuosic, middle section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo Act III, v
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Porpora: Son frà l'onde in mezzo al mare
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Venere's aria from the end of act I uses all the illusions of the crashing waves upon the shore, convincing her lover, Adone, to remain with her. Written for the great Marianna Bulgarelli (La Romanina: 1684 - 1734) it is a wonderfully 'splashy' coloratura aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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