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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'

Editor: James Sanderson
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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''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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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Bigaglia: Aure care, frondi amene
Forces: alto & continuo
Source BL Add. 14222 ff 34-39

Aria - recit - aria with very interesting harmonic treatment.>br> Range: a' - d''

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Bigaglia: 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 die just for her. RARA format with a stunning first aria and challenging last, this is one of the Venetian priest's excellent miniatures. Source: Naples

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Bigaglia: Se tu resisti ò cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14212 f75 - 81v

The figures are in a different hand to the manuscript copy (perhaps a later performer?). An attractive work with a very interesting 'left-footed' Siciliano to end.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: 3 alto cantate da camera
Forces: alto & continuo

The three alto cantate da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Gia la stagion d'amore
Lasciami un sol momento
O mesta tortorella

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Bononcini: 3 soprano cantate da camera
Forces: soprano & continuo

The three soprano cantate da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Da te che pasci ogn'ora
Dolente e mesta
O frondoso arboscello

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Bononcini: All'or che il cieco nume
Forces: soprano & continuo

'...it is better to have loved and lost...' could easily be the motto of this cantata. Despite pleading to Cupid for mercy the 'blind God' remains silent and leaves the protagonists to their misery. RARARAR format

Source: BL Add 31547 f25r - 33r

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amo, e ridir nol posso
Forces: soprano & continuo

To love and not be able to express it cannot be an easy thing. Suffering, burning, the flames and pains of love. In RARA format, the arias a sweet largo and a bright vivace.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: e - g#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amo, peno, gioisco
Forces: soprano & continuo

"I love, I suffer, I rejoice..." Once again our happy/sad lover is back with his masochistic take on love. In RARA format with two great arias, the first with some double-stopping in the continuo, this is another delightful cantata by Mr Bononcini.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 895 (5)

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amor, tiranno amor
Forces: soprano & continuo

A very strict warning about trusting in the fidelity of Cupid. Tyrannous Love has been causing mischief again in this ARARA format cantata. In the copy all the da capo sections have been written out in full with varied style of repeat. Perhaps an aural copy as there are no figures...

Source: BL Add 31518 9r

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Anche i tronchi
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Even the trees and rocks know of my suffering - only you ignore it'. The demanding cello part especially in aria 2 reflects the virtuosity of the composer Bononcini (presumably Giovanni). A-R-A-R-A

Sources: MÜs 3903 & BL Add MS 31547

Range: d'-g''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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Bononcini: Anche i tronchi
Forces: alto & continuo

'Even the trees and rocks know of my suffering - only you ignore it'. The demanding cello part especially in aria 2 reflects the virtuosity of the composer Bononcini (presumably Giovanni). A-R-A-R-A

Sources: MÜs 3903 & BL Add MS 31547

Alto: g-c''

Editor: Rosalind Halton
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Bononcini: Ch'io ti manchi di fede
Forces: tenor & continuo

A large cantata edited from the Chandos collection copy in the British library. Unusual in that it's a contemporary copy from before 1720 (the date of the donation of the collection) for tenor. The transposition has provided some odd crossing of parts. Diverse aria structures (including a non-da capo aria) and interesting harmonic progressions.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Cieco nume tiranno spietato
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Bononcini's most beautiful cantatas, the subject here deals with Love's blind cruelty. In 5 sections with no da capo arias and with a recurring theme of the title text, the last section presto assai is particularly virtuosic, though broken by emotional largo sections.

Source: BL Add MS 31546 f74v-79r

Range: c# - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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