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Bononcini: Son io barbara donna
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 103v - 110r

Bononcini's setting of a very popular cantata text. A boy unhappy with his Clori again. She is a minx! Two very different arias with a lovely sobbing line in the first sospira à miei sospiri and a matter-of-fact final andante - pensa ch'un nouvo amante non ti sarà costante!

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Stanca di più penar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Finally the boys are getting their revenge on Clori. Tired of too much suffering, she turns to the God of Love to ask for pity, but does he help her...? In RARARA format with two sprightly vivace arias following an expressive largo.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: e - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Sventurato Mirtillo, e che farai?
Forces: soprano & continuo

Miserable Mirtillo is complaining of the rigours and upsets of his love for Dorinda. In RARA format, allegro and adagio arias provide pathos and brilliant coloratura.

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Trà l'amene delitie
Forces: soprano & continuo

Veiwing the painful side of love, Eurilla searches for her Armindo in the garden of Love, but can find not even a breath of him. In RARAR format with two curiously 'twisted' arias - affettuoso and largo and finishing with a sinuous recitative.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Vanne si ruscelletto contento
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 64960

Formerly owned by Maria Ducarel, recorded (f. ii verso) as a gift to her from George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield, in 1768. This charming cantata uses the water flowing into the sea simile to describe longing for the beloved. In aria (Larghetto) - recit - aria (Allegro) format.

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Viver e non amar
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...to live and not to love..." is a crime according to our erstwhile lover here. She, however, loves Tirsi above all else and credits Cupid with her choice. In RARA format, including a beautiful largo and a delightful menuetto - short and with a small (one octave) range.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: a' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Carissimi: Ferma, lascia ch'io parli (Lamento di Maria Stuarda)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Harley 1265

An extensive lament for soprano and continuo with range from e to c'' (!!)

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: Cleopatra moribonda
Forces: soprano & continuo

An enormous and complex work for soprano and continuo telling through her own voice the fate of Cleopatra after being betrayed and deserted by Rome. Poison, asps, vengeance, fury, it has everything. In 24(!) parts, some as short as 2 bars, Colonna has created a scene of operatic drama and intensity. The poetry is by Sigr D Donato Copeda

Source: BL Add MS 27931 (large quarto with the Medici coat of arms)
Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: Fidalmo sfortunato
Forces: alto & continuo

Dramatic cantata in 2 recit and aria pair form. Fidalmo is suffering the vicissitudes of love (once again). Some lovely writing for a lowish alto. Poetry by Giacomo Lodovico Berselli

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: G - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: Il mondo armato
Forces: bass & continuo

A man's struggles with love, fate and war. In many sections with Colonna's typical blurring of aria/recit boundaries. A virtuosic and stirring piece.

Source: BL Add 27931
Range: DD - e

Editor: James Sanderson

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Colonna: L'Adamo
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add. 14110

2 paired recitatives and arias

Editor: James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Ah! sei troppo infelice
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Scarlatti's late chamber cantatas recorded by Kate Eckersley

Sinuous opening arioso/recit with two straightforward arias and a secco recit in wich the lover deals with the pains caused by the Nume arciero.

Range: e' - g''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Con qual cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Hell hath no fury... in this aria - recit - aria cantata. "With what kind of heart do you ask me for peace...ungrateful soul, traitor!"

Range: c - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Di fille vendicarmi vorrei
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Aria - recit - aria format, the first remarkable for its chromaticism, the last for its sheer verve and virtuosity. The text deals with a young man whose love for Fille has caused him 'fierce grief' and leads him to pray to the God of Love for assistance.

Range: a - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Fille già più non parlo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Virtuosic cantata in two recit and aria format with a particularly fiendish last aria.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: No, non fuggire ò Nice
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London.

Once again a young man sacrifices his personal happiness on the altar of unrequited love for Nice. In double recit-aria format, the spectacular second aria showing strong Spanish influence.

Range: c - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Qual pensier, quale ardire
Forces: soprano & continuo

Fantastically dramatic piece with a vocal range of A - a' (at one point in a single phrase) First aria is exceptional, divided into alternating slow and fast sections and with a rolling triple B section. This is one angry lady!

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Se ti dicesse un core
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Aria - recit - aria format, the last aria in two exciting and virtuosic parts in different time signatures. Here the text involves a rejected, though constant lover asking for the pity of his beloved.

Range: d - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Selve caverne e monti
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14182

An attractive cantata by D. Scarlatti in recit/arioso - aria - recit - aria form with a text concerning the lover's search for his fleeing beloved.

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Ti ricorda o bella Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Aria - recit - aria format with interesting major/minor juxtapositions in the last. It's the tale of another long-suffering lover willing to do anything for his beloved.

Range: b - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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