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Cantata à soprano e basso con violini
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Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Cantata à due, soprano e contralto con violini
£7.95
Cantata per Camera a due Soprani Clori e Lidia Compagne
£5.95
Duetto da camera à voce di soprano e contralto
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Cantata à due, soprano e contralto
£5.95
Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Duetto da camera à soprano e basso
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Dialogo à Una & Due voci
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Duetto à soprano e basso con violini
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Duetto à due soprani da Gli orti Esperidi (1721)
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Duetto à due voci, soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Ahi che sará di me? (Floro e Tirsi)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

2nd September, 1707. A substantial work where our two young men work with a text concerning the pains and joys of love containing 4 duets, two arias and a single recitative.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due soprani
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A Scarlatti: Bel Dorino, amata Clori
Forces: soprano, bass, violins & continuo

An unusual work from the collection of the Landesbibliotek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mus. 4829. It is a love story between the two singers summed up by the final lines "...vivo sol per Clori/Dorino..."

The cantata is attributed to Alessandro Scarlatti in Grove, however Hanley was not sure and the style is unusual, no recits, but four duets with the central movement an harmonic mine-field.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano e basso con violini
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A Scarlatti: Clori e Mirtillo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo Source: Santini HS 3903

A totally charming duo cantata in which Love is neither insulted nor threatened! The lovers, Clori and Mirtillo, are actually happy AND in one another's company. This of course leads to quite a lot of music - two duets and an aria each, all linked with some excellent recitative.

Range (Clori): g - g'
Range (Mirtillo): c - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Dove fuggi, ò bella Clori?
Forces: soprano, alto, violins & continuo

A virtuoso duet cantata for soprano and alto with strings, a mini-opera with wit, pathos, and brilliance. Lidio is in hot pursuit of Clori - but she scorns love and all his protestations, until in the final duet they join in praise of the joys and pains of love. Published by kind permission of the Diözesan-Bibliothek, Münster.

Range Clori: d'-g''
Range Lidio: b-c''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à due, soprano e contralto con violini
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A Scarlatti: Filli e Clori, 'Amica, hora che Aprile'
Forces: 2 sopranos, violins & continuo

Sources: edition based on 4 17th-early 18th century manuscripts in the Santini Collection (Münster), the British Library, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. [the details are in the editorial notes]

Description: Filli persuades the reluctant Clori to abandon city life for the delights of the country, where she is sure to make new conquests in the hunt of love. Both Filli and Clori have 2 arias of 2 strophes each, interspersed with ritornelli. In the magical final duet, the girls agree to prepare their feet for dancing, and their arms for the hunt. Cardinal Ottoboni's documents mention a performance of 'Amica, hora che Aprile' dated 13 July, 1694. The survival of this work in several sources suggests it was a well-known work in its day.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à due soprani e violini
£9.95
A Scarlatti: Il ciel seren, le fresche aurette (La Primavera)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Source: Santini Collection, 3901 Diözesan Bibliothek, Münster

La Primavera depicts a scene in which two girls await the return of their lovers, Tirsi and Fileno. Spring, the melting of ice, and the return of flowers, happiness and love are the subject of the girls’ conversation.

Vocal Ranges
Clori: d’- g’’
Lidia: d’- g’’

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata per Camera a due Soprani Clori e Lidia Compagne
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A Scarlatti: Lisa, del fuoco mio (Clori e Lisa)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Dated the 28th of February, 1706, these two ladies are bemoaning the sacrifices necessary for the inevitability of love: loss of liberty and constant heart-ache... 2 duets, an aria each and gossiping recitative link this musical conversation, quite a little drama!

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à due soprano
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A Scarlatti: Marc Antonio e Cleopatra
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: MS.3901, Santini Collection of the Diözesan Library, Münster. It is the only source of this work, which consists of chamber duets with basso continuo. One of the works, the famous 'Questo silenzio ombroso' carries the comment '1707 in Urbino'.

This is a substantial chamber duet with recits & arias for both characters as well as two extensive duets.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à voce di soprano e contralto
£6.95
A Scarlatti: Nò non ti voglio Cupido
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The changeable attitude to love certainly makes for a bright piece of music! The opening and closing duets (to the same music) projects two different moods - 'No I don't want it' and 'Yes, I do' Separated by two recits and arias, one for each voice.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(1)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due, soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Tirsi e Clori (O come bello)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

An early work with strophic arias sung in turn by the protagonists separated by recitative and concluding with a homophonic duet and the unaccompanied line 'com'è limpido quel rio'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due soprani
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Bononcini: 2 duetti da camera
Forces: sop, alto/alto, alto & continuo

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

Pietoso Nume Arcier (2 altos & continuo)
Luci barbare spietate (soprano, alto & continuo)

See individual titles for details

Editor: James Sanderson

2 chamber duets
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Bononcini: Luci barbare spietate
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The tempestuous meeting of Tirsi and Dorinda. 'Your eyes are the cause of my suffering...but I will always be faithful...' In Duet - Recit - Duet format with both duets virtuosic for the singers.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range (soprano): c - g'

Range (alto): G - d

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Bononcini: O penosa lontananza
Forces: soprano, bass & continuo

Here we see both sides of the coin with the soprano lamenting the pain of separation and the bass rejoicing that being so far apart there is less pain... This is a wonderful duetto da camera in Duet - recit - aria - recit- aria - duet format. One for each and the two duets surrounding all.

Editor: James Sanderson
Duetto da camera à soprano e basso
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Bononcini: Pietoso nume arcier
Forces: 2 altos & continuo

Dorinda and Aldimira are bemoaning the infidelities of their lovers, Tirsi and Aminta. Luckily they have each other to spur on their suit. In duet (largo et affettuoso) - recit - duet (allegro) format.

Source:1721 edition in the British Library

Range (both): b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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D Scarlatti: Se per un sol momento (Fille e Clori)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

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

Duet - recit - aria - recit - aria - recit - duet all of which deal with the theme of love once lost and regained. The story of Clori and Fileno and their adoration for each other - how beauty can charm and defeat love simultaneously.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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D Scarlatti: Tirsi Caro (Tirsi e Fille)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Delightful duo cantata by Domenico Scarlatti. Duet - recitative - duet form.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson
Duetto da camera
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d'India: Occhi della mia vita
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

The last piece in d'India's Quarte Musiche of 1621. In three distinct parts, a statement by each of the voices, a duet which seems to tumble over itself by the end and a more extensive Dialogo to finish. The subject deals with love...

Editor: James Sanderson

Dialogo à Una & Due voci
£3.95
Mancini: Dori, e Mirtillo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

A charming duo cantata with two duets, a recit and aria each. Dori[nda] wants to die for love (again!) because Mirtillo has rejected her (she thinks). He declares his undying devotion and all is back to normal. Really interesting harmonically with some very clear vocal writing.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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Porpora: Calcante ed Achille
Forces: soprano, bass, violins, viola & continuo

A substantial chamber duet with a sinfonia, an aria for each character and a final duet. This is beautiful writing with many variations on the aria format, middle sections with different tempi and Afekt. It is the seer Calcas pronouncing the sacrifice of Iphegenia that set off the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles (Iliad).

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto à soprano e basso con violini
£6.95
Porpora: Se fedel cor mio tu sei
Forces: 2 sopranos, strings & continuo

The stunning duet which ends the first act of Porpora's Componimento drammatico to a libretto by Metastasio. Commencing with an involved secco recit and followed by da capo form duet with a middle section in a different meter and mood, it involves Venus and Adonis (La Romanina and Farinelli) singing of their love for each other.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto à due soprani da Gli orti Esperidi (1721)
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Porpora: Vanne e vivi con la speranza
Forces: soprano, alto, violins & continuo

A very popular duet by Porpora which is extant in a number of copies throughout the world. This edition is based mainly upon the copy in the British Library Add 31593. The lovers free one another to separate and live in hope.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto à due voci, soprano e contralto
£3.95
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