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Cantata à voce sola con stromenti d’arco
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Cantata à voce sola con stromenti d'arco
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano con tromba e stromenti d'arco
£7.95
Extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater
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Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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Aria from Act III of L'Olimpiade (1761)
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Cantata con violini
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Cantata con violini: Justice
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Cantata à soprano con violini
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Setting of Psalm 113/114
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Solo vespers motet
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Setting of Psalm 126/127
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Setting of Psalm 90/91
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Setting of Salve Regina
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Setting of Salve Regina
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A Scarlatti: Nel silentio commune di notte si tranquilla
Forces: soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo

A great work based on the Petrarchan theme of the lover who sighs alone while nature sleeps. Beginning with a hushed recitative accompagnato, the cantata has a total of 4 recitatives and arias, portraying the lover's brightly-coloured dream of love returned. A handwritten version of this edition was premiered memorably in the 1980s by tenor Nigel Rogers for the BBC, with the Taverner Players

Range: d'-a''

Source: British Library, London

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à voce sola con stromenti d’arco
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A Scarlatti: Ombre tacite, e sole
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Source: British Library Zweig 76

This is an autograph work dated October 31. 1716.

In four sections, recit-aria-recit-aria with both recits accompanied. It has two exquisite arias, the last a particularly fine Siciliano. The text deals with unrequited, requited and then spurned love and has it's high point in the last aria: 'Why cruel one do you leave me? Why spurn me? Why betray me? Why search out a new love? Why leave me?'

Range: c' - e'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con stromenti d'arco
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A Scarlatti: Su le sponde del Tebro
Forces: soprano, trumpet, strings & continuo

A virtuosic and taxing cantata in 10 sections. "...on the banks of the Tiber...faithful Aminta, from his infinite sadness cried to Heaven and Earth of the scornful Clori “I am betrayed”...'

Source: Florence, Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini D 2364

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano con tromba e stromenti d'arco
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Astorga: Stabat Mater
Forces: SATB solo, SATB chorus, strings and continuo

d'Astorga's beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater for SATB solo, SATB chorus, strings and continuo.

Editor: James Sanderson

Extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater
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Fago: Forz'è pur nel proprio sangue
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The wonderful lament in Part II of Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso - worthy competition to Porpora's Alto Giove. Amazing performance by Europa Galante on YouTube. The character Messo bewails the fate of the Jewish people being pursued by Pharoah and warns how the waves will wash away the anger and blood. 5-part string accompaniment.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica 'Luigi Cherubini' - Firenze; Inventario: B.2374 ; Segnatura: B.2374 ; CF.55

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Fago's oratorio Faraone Sommerso
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Handel: Cara Sposa
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Rinaldo's Act II lament from Handel's 1712 opera of the same name. Marvellous sustained largo A section with a coloratura allegro B section.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Rinaldo Act II
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Handel: Con l'ali di costanza
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Ariodante's aria from Act I, scene viii of the opera of the same name.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act I
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Handel: Dopo notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo (piano reduction)

Ariodante's spectacular coloratura aria from Act III, scene viii

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Ariodante Act III
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Handel: Più d'una tigre altero
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

Source: Act II, viii or Tamerlano. Andronico's rage aria at the end of Act II. It's a good one!

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tamerlano Act II
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Handel: Stille amare
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Tolomeo's 'Poison' aria from Act III, scene iv of Handel's opera of the same name which was completed in 1728. Tolomeo believes himself to be betrayed and has taken what he thinks is poison, passing out before he can complete the truncated da capo of the aria. There is an excellent secco and accompagnato recitative which preceeds the aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Tolomeo Act III
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Jommelli: No sò d'onde viene
Forces: tenor, oboes, horns, strings & continuo

From Jommelli's L'Olimpiade (1761) Act III, Sc. vi This is a beautiful aria for tenor, oboes, horns strings and continuo. Also available in alto key.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Act III of L'Olimpiade (1761)
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Leo: Chiesta da numi a morte (L'Andromeda)
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM MS 22.g.9 (9)

From a copy in the Royal Music Collection thought to be the only one (Pastore), this is a wonderful piece with a flaw. It is missing the first two lines of text for the second recitative - odd! It works, however and the poetry balances without it. Something strange here so we have decided to make it available.

In 2 recit and aria form (arias con spirito e vivace and tempo giusto the second recit accompagnato) it describes the plight of Andromeda, her plaint to the Gods, the arrival of her erstwhile rescuer Perseus and his call to the Gods to have mercy. It is full of 'pre-classical' markers such as strong dominant pedals, greater chordal movement in accompanying parts, the use of chromatic melody, many dynamic markings and rapid changes from passages in tonic major and tonic minor.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Dove son, dove m'aggiro?
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.g.9.6

A lovely work with some terrific chromatic melodic and bass lines mimicking the sighs of the disappointed lover - very experimental? This lover is totally confused and is suffering greatly from the vicissitudes of Amor.

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Il Figliuol Prodigo
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM 22.g.9(4)

With a text written in the first person from the point of view of the Prodigal Son, this is a splendid example of both piety and inventiveness. Using all the chromatic skill typical of the so called 'Neapolitan School' Leo weaves an emotional musical story around the text. The form is (instrumental) introduction, recit, aria, recit, aria with a great deal of variation.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

The Prodigal Son
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Leo: Il Giudizio
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL RM 22.g.9(5)

A call to repent and follow Christ in this superb example of the genre. Substantial (Instrumental introduction, recit, aria, recit, aria - both recits secco and accompagnato).

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini: Justice
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Leo: Laudate pueri
Forces: alto, 2 corni, 2 oboi, violins, viola & continuo

A substantial setting of the psalm 113 from what is reputed to be an autograph source. Galant in style and virtuosic for the singer.

Source: Münster HS xy175

Range: b - d' Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Or ch'è dal sol difesa
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

In this delightful pastoral cantata, Angelica dallies in the fields and love is compared to all the flowers, but don't forget the thorns which also come with the most beautiful roses! The trials and tribulations of love in aria - recit - aria format.

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Qual farfalla innamorata
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

From Leo's extraordinary opera Zenobia in Palmira this is Decio's Act II, scene vii aria: 'Like a butterfly crazed with love, the hope I harbour within my heart flutters forever around the flame'. And we all know what happens when butterflies get burnt!! Love with danger here. Also on the Cecelia Bartoli recording 'Sacrificium'.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Zenobia in Palmera
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Leo: Sorge Lidia la notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 31618 - a manuscript conatining a number of orchestral cantatas by Leo in copies of varying quality.

The format is sinfonia - recit - aria - recit - aria and the general feel is that peculiar pre-classical sound with repeated bass notes and many pedals. A charming cantata in which the lover compare's the beloved's absence to the shadows of night. Very romantic!

Range: Bb - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Tormentoso pensiero
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31618

From a selection of Leo orchestral cantatas in copy, this is a charming example of the genre. Two recit and aria format, both arias in an extremely late baroque style.

The text deals with a young man's absence from his beloved Eurilla.

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano con violini
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Leo: Vado dal piano al monte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

Searching from field to plain the lover cannot find his beloved Clori and his sadness is killing him - the melodrama! Aah...

In aria - recit - aria format, the first a beautiful Larghetto the last a gracious Allegretto.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Pergolesi: Salve Regina (f)
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

With an opening reminiscent of the famous Stabat Mater for soprano and alto solo with strings, this is a beautiful setting of the Marian antiphon text. Divided into 5 contrasting sections, with one section further divided into two.

Source: BL MS R.M.23.c.17.(1), once the property of Dr. Burney.
Range: a flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Salve Regina
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Pergolesi: Salve Regina (g)
Forces: soprano, solo violoncello, strings & continuo

A setting of this most famous Marian Anthem with an extraordinary degree of pathos involved. Some exquisite vocal writing and a very satisfying obbligato cello part in the Eia ergo advocata nostra.

Source: BL MS R.M.23.c.17.(2), once the property of Dr. Burney.
Range: c - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Salve Regina
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Porpora: Alto Giove
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal.

In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section.

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria for Farinelli from Polifemo
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Porpora: Clari Splendete
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add. 14125

Written in March 1744 for the Ospedaletto. Virtuosic solo motet.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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Porpora: Domine probasti me (Psalm 138/9)
Forces: SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: Autograph in BL Add MS 14216

Writen in October of 1745 for the girls of the Ospedaletto this is a continuous setting, i.e. not divided into separate sections other than for the short, fiery Gloria Patri. Similar in style to the other Psalm settings (Credidi Propter, In Exitu Israel, Qui habitat in adjutorium etc.)

Duration would be around 8 minutes and is perfect for a difficult programming spot!

Editor: James Sanderson

Choral psalm setting
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Porpora: In caelo stelle clare
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

One of four solo motets for voice and strings written in 1744/45 for singers at the Ospedaletto in Venice. This virtuosic work is dedicated to Graziola, one of the main soloists Porpora composed for at the Ospedaletto.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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Porpora: In Exitu Israel
Forces: 2 SAA coro, violins, violetta and continuo

Source: BL Add 14125

Charming homophonic treatment of Psalm 113 written in 1744 (Feb) at the Ospedaletto.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 113/114
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Porpora: Laetatus Sum
Forces: soprano, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 14126

Super motet (part of the Marian Vespers) written for the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1744

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo vespers motet
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Porpora: Nisi Dominus
Forces: alto, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source BL Add. 14126

Part of the 1744 vespers written for the Ospedaletto

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 126/127
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Porpora: Nunc dimittis (1744)
Forces: 2 soprano solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14126 (autograph)

The canticle sung as part of compline since the 4th century (Luke 2:29-31). In five parts, three choral with a soprano solo and a double soprano duet (quite tricky) Porpora's setting was written in 1744 for the girls of the Ospedaletto in Venice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Canticle setting
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Porpora: Placida Surge Aurora
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source BL MSS Add 14125

Written for the Ospedaletto in 1744 (soloist Angioletta Moro). Virtuosic and beautiful writing - particularly the second aria Facis splendor.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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Porpora: Qui Habitat
Forces: 2 soprani solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: autograph in BL Add MS 14126

Another single section psalm setting written for the girls of the Ospedaletto in Venice in February of 1744. Launching straight into a rapid word setting and using advanced, and in some moments unusual, harmonic changes. The solo sections are, as usual, virtuosic, the choral writing exciting, but not too difficult to sing.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 90/91
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Porpora: Regina Coeli
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source BL MS Add 14129

Highly virtuosic motet for alto and strings. Extraordinarily difficult! Written in March 1742 and dedicated per la signorina Marina.

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo motet
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Porpora: Salve Regina (B flat)
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: British Library

Written in 1744 this is perhaps the most varied of the solo Salve Reginas with no fewer than 7 different sections. It is also one of the highest pieces in autograph with a number of high B flats.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Salve Regina
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Porpora: Salve Regina (d)
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source: copyist's work in the British Library

An extremely varied work with a wide-ranging vocal part and some very beautiful lines. This is another work which puts paid to Burney's sniggers!

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Salve Regina
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