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A Scarlatti: O che mostro, o che furia è Lontananza (1709)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Text is by Cardinal Ottoboni: being apart is a monster, a fury, and always gives rise to jealousy. Arias are in B flat (very ornate) and C major (very cheerful and melodic), and the cantata finishes with a brief recitative, giving thanks for faithful love which can survive separation. Both arias have rewarding dialogue for voice and cello. RARAR format

Range: e flat'- g''

Source: British Library, Add. Ms. 34056

The whole manuscript contains settings of Ottoboni's texts.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: O pace del mio cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

O peace of my heart, where do you wander? So begins this delightful cantata, one of Alessandro Scarlatti’s most frequently copied. The principal source of this edition is held in the Royal College of London, Ms. 583, a copy in a Neapolitan hand. ARAR format.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Peno, e del mio penar
Forces: soprano & continuo

28 August, 1705, autograph source in New Haven, Yale (Scarlatti's 'cantata diary'). Penetrating melismatic recitatives, with final aria in Siciliano style. Scarlatti's complex chromatic style.

Range: e flat'- g''. C minor/F minor.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Poiche cessano alfin
Forces: soprano & continuo

range: e'-g'' The storms of love come to an end. The final aria 'andante amoroso' Siciliano is a great, touching example of the genre, and recitatives show the virtuoso declamatory style of Scarlatti at the height of his creativity. 2 recits, 2 arias.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Quando Amor vuol ferirmi
Forces: soprano & continuo

"When Love wants to hurt me, the traitor hides beneath your lashes..." The bitter-sweet torments of love in this delightful work from Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(2) - Hanley 588. In RARA format

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Questa, questa è la selva
Forces: soprano & continuo

A wonderful pastoral setting 'This is the forest...' but once again Nice is not being nice and is abandoning her lover. His cries and plaints, his promises of eternal love are all for naught as he is deserted... This is a really complex work with huge recitatives, RARA format.

From 5 sources in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 255 (26), 256 (7), 267 (6), 266 (62). There is also a copy in 264 (20) which pitches the recitatives a tone higher and the second aria in a minor rather than d minor.

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: S'io t'amo s'io t'adoro
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as June of 1704. Amore is playing his tricks again and has had his usual effect! RARA format with a complicated first aria largo.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(2)

Range: d - a''

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A Scarlatti: Scompagnata tortorella
Forces: soprano & continuo

Our litte turtle-dove is caged and kept away from his beloved again in this charming cantata and once again death is preferable to this continued condition of estrangement from the beloved! In ARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 861

Range: e flat - g'

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A Scarlatti: Solitudini care
Forces: soprano & continuo

Sources: BL Add MSS 14213 & 31509

Tirsi seems to be unhappy sotto l'ombra again, calling for his beloved Climene in this extraordinarily chromatic cantata Dall'occulto A.S.. In double recit-aria format with frequent tempo changes in the last aria.

Range: c - f#'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Son contenta di soffrire
Forces: soprano & continuo

'I am content to suffer the cruelty of my beloved, because he means more to me than life itself' Yeah right! Another example of Alessandro Scarlatti's sinuous style, with some tremendous chromaticisms. ARA format.

Range: d - g

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Son le nere pupilette
Forces: alto & continuo

A cantata all about beautiful dark eyes, asking Cupid to make sure the intended remains faithful and loving.

The source for this edition is a copy in Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3977(14) which contains mainly cantatas by Scarlatti together with examples by Francesco Mancini, Carlo Cesarini, Giovanni Bononcini, Pietro Bencini and Filippo Colenelli.

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Su l’ora appunto (La Fenice)
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The phoenix which rises immortal from its ashes is the symbol of freedom from the bonds of love in this cantata - a mascot for the nymphs and shepherds of Arcadia. Aria 1 shows an unusual example of a theme from the Introduction being reworked into an aria. Arias in C major, G minor, A minor and B minor range from brilliant to pensive, robust to elusive, leading to the serene conclusion of the phoenix's ascent to heaven - in recitativo accompagnato.

Source: Münster, Santini Collection, HS.3928

Range: eb'-g''.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Su'l margine fiorito d'un limpido ruscello
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this large and complex cantata, the protagonist is sitting on the flowery banks of a limpid stream bemoaning the absence of his beloved. He calls to the waves and the wind in the first aria (adagio) to take his love to her, he sings how her image is carved on his heart in the second aria (à tempo guisto) and the final aria is a chromatically complex andante in cut common time. Dated 13th December, 1704 on the first page.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung 3907(5)

Range: d - f'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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)

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson
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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''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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