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Bononcini: Clori bell' idol mio
Forces: alto & continuo

Bononcini at his sinuous best here. In RARA format with two affettuoso arias singing of the tears that fall from being parted from the beloved 'Clori my beautiful idol, I am a faithful lover of your beauty'.

Source: Naples Conservatorio

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Clori, mi sento al core
Forces: soprano & continuo

A story about the close relationship between pain and pleasure in love. Clori is the inspiration again! In RARARARA format - yes it's a long one... Lovely text, varied arias, expressive recitatives.

Source: BL Add MS 31547 f47r - 53r

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Clori, mio ben mia vita
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori had quite a hold over her men! Here our erstwhile suitor complains of the joy she takes in causing him pain and suffering. RARA format, the first recit being particularly expressive. Both arias in triple time with slightly off-beat word setting.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: d# - b flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Da te che pasci ogn'ora
Forces: soprano & continuo

Here our protagonist is literally wanting to die for love. Once more a rejected suit leads him to suffer so! In RARA format with a sinuous first aria Affettuoso, e cantabile and an excellent vivace to finish.

Source: British Library copy of the 1721 edition

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dal giorno fortunato
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...on that fortunate day when first I gazed into your eyes...the playful God of Love enflamed my heart for eternity..." I wonderful work in RARARA format including a beautiful affettuoso, a sprightly menuetto and a virtuosic presto to finish.

Source: British Library Add MS 31545

Range: c - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dall'incurvato ferro
Forces: soprano & continuo

The cruelty and spite of the gods to our young protagonist is the theme, leaving him in the position of offering his life for one day of happiness with his beloved. Excellent recitatives and some very enjoyable arias (RARARA format)

Source: Münster HS 3915(19)

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Del suo fedel, e taciturno ardore
Forces: soprano & continuo

A large and unusual piece, both in terms of the aria formats and the characters. In RARARA format, none of the arias are da capo form, the subject deals with the joys and pains of the love of Floridalbo and Fille.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865

Range: f - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
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Bononcini: Del Tebro in sù la riva
Forces: alto & continuo

On the banks of the Tiber a young girl sits and weeps at the cruelty of her beloved. A single glance from him can simultaneously revive and dash her hopes of love. In RARARA format with quite a low range. Good 'pathetic' arias and a faster 12/8 to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(17)

Range: F - d'

Editor: James Sanderson
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Bononcini: Dolente, e mesta vò sospirando
Forces: soprano & continuo

Sadly sighing she longs for her lover Elpino. She searches the shepherd's hut, the fields and can't find him, finally singing a con spirito aria calling to him to come to her. In ARA format with a deliciously chromatic opening cantabile, et affettuoso. Interestingly, the continuo line drops to a BB, which would require some retuning.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dove sei mia bella Irene?
Forces: alto & continuo

"Where are you my beautiful Irene?...Where are you hiding? The sun shines among the shadows and leaves but it does not shine for me." The God of Love has been busy giving that pain only Love can bring... A very attractive, short cantata in ARA format with a final recitative instead of a da capo. A lugubrious Adagio to start and a semi-ground andante to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Filli, dell' tuo partire
Forces: soprano & continuo

Deserted by cruel Filli our lover remains alone and suffering. "...remember the sighs of the one who dies for you..." RARARA format with a lovely triple time largo and two sprightly arias to follow.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Già la stagion d'Amore
Forces: alto & continuo

Even in the season of Love, the course of true love does not run smooth! RARA format with two really lovely arias, Affettuoso e Cantabile and Vivace.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library.

Range: a - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Io son lungi alla mia vita
Forces: soprano & continuo

Typical of cantatas with the subject matter of distance and longing, Bononcini gives his singer a difficult time with the third note forming a major seventh over the bass. Full of plangent harmony and some lively coloratura. ARARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3977

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Irene Idolo amato
Forces: soprano & continuo

Within the classic 'partenza' cantatas this is unusual as it refers directly to going off to war and perhaps dying in battle. Some lovely linguistic turns and this RARA format cantata.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(16)

Range: c# - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson
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Bononcini: Lasciami un sol momento
Forces: alto & continuo

"Leave me but a moment..." to wallow in self-pity of course. The sad story of the doomed love of Eurillo and Dorinda in ARA format. An excellent chromatic largo to start and a lively tempo giusto to finish.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: b flat to d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Lidio, schernito amante
Forces: soprano & continuo

The agony of love unrequited returns in the text of this work. The 'delirium of Love', the 'agony of the heart'. Excellent and virtuosic recitatives link three delightful arias covering a two octave range.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(12)

Range: b - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Peno, peno e l'alma fedele
Forces: soprano & continuo

Arcadia is in turmoil and Tirsi is really suffering with a wicked, lying beloved here. '...to hope for fidelity is torment...' A large piece with 3 recits and 3 arias finishing with a delightful minuet.

Source: BL Add MS 31546 22v

Range: c# - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Per sollevar quest'alma
Forces: soprano & continuo

A slightly odd and disturbing discussion about how close our love of love is to our love of a little torment. RARA format with two sprightly arias.

Source: British Library Add MS 31545 ff 7r - 12r

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Pur vi riveggio ancora
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this pastoral scene the golden shafts of Cupids darts fly from the beloved's eyes and pierce his heart. Despite the pain he decides that mercy and silence are the only solution. RARAR format, lento, allegro and the last recit becoming an arioso.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Quanto peno e quanto piango
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14211 52r

Short aria - recit - aria format but absolutely delightful! What we go through for love. Despite being cruel, unkind, like a serpent, still he loves her and yearns for her - such pain, such tears! This would be an excellent piece for a difficult spot in a program - total duration is only around 4 or 5 minutes

Range: f - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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