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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 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''

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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: 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

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A Scarlatti: Son io, barbara Donna
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 84r - 87v

Clori's willful heart has wandered again and her lover reminds her that she will never find another as faithful as he. In double recit-aria format.

Range: c- d'

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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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Mancini: Arse lunga staggione del bel volto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 150 - 156

A curiously formed cantata beginning with secco recitative which becomes 'a tempo' then moves into an aria and finished with a minuet. It's inconstant Fille and constant Fileno again, with Fileno venting his sadness.

Range: d#' - g''

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Porpora: Il Vulcano
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

A stunning, large work with some really impressive vocal writing, both in the recitatives and the 2 arias. Opening with a Sinfonia in two parts, Vulcan bemoans Venus and her inconstancy. Not, perhaps, an ideal wife for him after all! The first aria, Largo is expressive and virtuosic and the final aria is appropriately fiery.

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