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A Bononcini: Idol mio bel tesoro
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Eyes like darts and a face that ensnares, how could he resist? A cantata with flauto from the lesser-known Bononcini, but by no means the lesser composer. Some stunning writing here in this ARA format cantata from a manuscript in the Naples Conservatorio library.

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

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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A Scarlatti: Bel Dorino, amata Clori
Forces: soprano, bass, violins & continuo

An unusual work from the collection of the Landesbibliotek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mus. 4829. It is a love story between the two singers summed up by the final lines "...vivo sol per Clori/Dorino..."

The cantata is attributed to Alessandro Scarlatti in Grove, however Hanley was not sure and the style is unusual, no recits, but four duets with the central movement an harmonic mine-field.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano e basso con violini
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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: Cantata notturna
Forces: mezzo-soprano, violins & continuo

'Filli che fra gl'orrori di notte si tranquilla'

Outpourings of the lover to Filli in the quiet of night. A concise yet heartfelt composition, dated 1706, for low-mezzo soprano and unison violins: an ideal introduction to the art of singing with an obligato part in Scarlatti's style.

Vocal range: d'-f''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Chi sà dove è la speranza
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Fillide is totally in love with Olindo and hopes that Cupid will support her love (she's not confident!) while he is away (lontananza). A lovely, simple example of a single line obligato accompaniment to soprano and continuo.

The source is Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3975, provided by Sascha Mommertz. The cantata is simply inscribed Cantata a voce sola con flauto and there may be some question as to the attribution to A Scarlatti, although Hs 3975 contains a large number of cantatas ascribed to A Scarlatti.

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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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: 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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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
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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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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A Scarlatti: Fileno, quel Fileno
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The work consists of the two recitative-two aria structure, with each aria accompanied by unison violins, and in the keys of B minor and G major respectively. The attribution is added in what is apparently the same hand providing the attribution and date to a number of cantata and serenata manuscripts in the Santini Collection, including Filli che fra gl'orrori, dated 1706.

In the beautiful kingdom of love there is hope only when faith reigns in a heart.

Vocal range: e’-g’’

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à voce sola di soprano con violini
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A Scarlatti: Filli e Clori, 'Amica, hora che Aprile'
Forces: 2 sopranos, violins & continuo

Sources: edition based on 4 17th-early 18th century manuscripts in the Santini Collection (Münster), the British Library, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. [the details are in the editorial notes]

Description: Filli persuades the reluctant Clori to abandon city life for the delights of the country, where she is sure to make new conquests in the hunt of love. Both Filli and Clori have 2 arias of 2 strophes each, interspersed with ritornelli. In the magical final duet, the girls agree to prepare their feet for dancing, and their arms for the hunt. Cardinal Ottoboni's documents mention a performance of 'Amica, hora che Aprile' dated 13 July, 1694. The survival of this work in several sources suggests it was a well-known work in its day.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à due soprani e violini
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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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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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: 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

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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