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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Collection of 6 cantatas for contralto
£17.95
Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
£3.95
A setting of psalm 115(116)
£12.95
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Setting of Psalm 129/130
£12.95
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
£4.95
Cantata à voce sola con violini
£5.95
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Setting of Psalm 126/127
£8.95
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Mancini: Ama Tigre crudel
Forces: alto & continuo

Tigers love, lions burn with love, the seas love the mountains and rivers, the woods love the forests, why doesn't this girl love him? In RARA format (andante & allegro).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2461

Range: G - b'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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Mancini: Cara qual'or mi giri
Forces: alto & continuo

Unrequited love and self-sacrifice are the themes of this restrained and beautiful cantata. Being ignored by his beloved, the protagonist offers his life for just one glance. In RARA format.

Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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Mancini: Cieli ditemi come potrò
Forces: alto & continuo

Unrequited love for Fileno rears its ugly head again in this large and beautiful cantata. "Cruel Destiny may kill the lover, but never the love". In RARARA format with two affettuoso arias, the second having a unusual written link back to the DS and one allegro.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(13) WriM. 35

Range: b flat - d' flat

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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Mancini: Dimmi ingrata incostante
Forces: alto & continuo

A marvellous work by Mancini in RARA format - the recitatives are extensive and harmonically complex. The subject deals with infidelity and starts with the (female) protagonist railing at Lidio, calling him unfaithful, liar etc. The last aria ends, however, with the decision to match his betrayal with her own!
Source: Münster HS 2459(12)
Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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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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Mancini: Frà le morbide piume
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 132r - 135r
An exciting piece from a very clear copy (a welcome rarity in Mancini's case!) Among the soft feathers the lover rests his soul and dreams of wicked spiteful Clori again! Why do they keep coming back for more? 2 recit and 2 aria (allegretto and allegro) format
Range: b flat - e' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Mancini: Frà le pene tiranne
Forces: alto & continuo

The treachery of Cupid is once the again a hot topic in this RARA format cantata. With two excellent arias which challenge both continuo and singer, this is an interesting addition to our catalogue.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 864(13)
Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Mancini: Il Pianetta maggiore
Forces: alto & continuo

A very short and to the point cantata in RARA format. The power of Cupid found in the beloved's eyes. Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 860(16)
Range: b - c#'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Mancini: Queste vermiglie note
Forces: alto & continuo

An extraordinarily emotional work dealing with the suicide of the distant lover. "These crimson notes, notes which I write to you from opened veins..." Complex recitatives set the scene for two arias largo and affettuoso. Also claimed by some as the work of Bononcini. Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(17)
Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Mancini: Vaghe pendici amene
Forces: alto & continuo

This is a lovely example of the genre with two well-crafted recitatives and two lovely arias. Some challenging continuo writing as well. Eurilla is the source of consternation this time and the lives of 'Ninfe e Pastore' never run smooth. Stunning word-painting.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Marcello: Piante Amiche Ombre Cara
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14222

2 recits and arias with particularly fine obbligato continuo line in first aria.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Marcello: Torno à voi piante amorose
Forces: alto, 2 flutes & continuo

A charming cantata in aria-recit-aria form.

Source: BL MS Add 14222

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con flauti
£5.95
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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Porpora: Abbandonata e sola
Forces: alto & continuo

Here Porpora is at the height both of his recitative and 'pathetic' writing with a stunning first aria, but also maintains the fieriness of his allegro writing in the last aria.

This pastoral cantata is all about 'separation angst' and the suffering when abandoned by one's love - in this case Fileno (again).

Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 17)

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Porpora: Alla caccia dell'alme
Forces: alto & continuo

A hunting cantata, as virtuosic as the Vivaldi version and with even better recitatives! ARA format, here Clori is the huntress who ensnares men with her charms, too late our lover discovers he is already caught, but he is "...not the first and not alone."

Range: a - e

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
£4.95
Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 2 - alto)
Forces: alto & continuo

The second six of the cantatas dedicated to the Prince of Wales in 1735

All to texts by Metastasio, they are virtuosic, filled with beautifully written recitatives and arias, perhaps the high-point of Porpora's work in this genre.

Veggo la Selva e il monte
Or che una nube ingrata
Destatevi, destatevi ò pastori
Oh se fosse il mio core
Oh Dio che non è vero
Dal povero mio cor

See the individual titles for previews.

Editor: James Sanderson
Collection of 6 cantatas for contralto
£17.95
Porpora: Chiara dea
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Act I scene i of Porpora's 1711 opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio provides us with another obbligato cello aria (who was the cellist?)

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
£3.95
Porpora: Credidi propter
Forces: SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14127 ff 29r - 38r (autograph)

A setting of psalm 115(116) Credidi propter quod locutus sum ego divided into 3 sections: Psalm - Gloria - Sicut erat & amen.

Written in 1745 for the Ospedaletto, it appears to have been reworked at a later date for SSAB coro, a format more characteristic of earlier works for the Pietà. This version follows the original SSAA coro version in all respects.

Editor: James Sanderson

A setting of psalm 115(116)
£12.95
Porpora: D'Amor la bella pace
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14122

Virtuosic cantata for alto and continuo - the last aria is particularly fiendish. Better known as a soprano cantata, this contemporary copy demonstrates the habit of transposing for different voices.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Dal povero mio cor
Forces: alto & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 12

This is extremely virtuosic and a fitting end to the collection. 2 recit/aria format with an extremely interesting second recit (quasi accompagnato) and final aria

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Datti pace se puoi
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: alto version in BL Add MS 14210 ff 120r - 127r

The unhappy shepherd is once again longing for his distant love. He cannot believe that she could be untrue. Ah... 2 recits and 2 arias format.

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: De profundis
Forces: soprano & alto solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14128 ff 83r - 105r

A substantial setting of the De Profundis in 9 movements, 4 choral (SSAA), 4 solo and one duet, written in 1744 for the Ospedaletto. The soloists are entered in the score as: Bernadetta, Elisabetta Pia, Lauretta (soprani), with Angioletta Moro and Barbara (contralti). As is common in these liturgical settings, Porpora features favoured/most talented students first, the first soprano and alto arias being the most virtuosic.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 129/130
£12.95
Porpora: Deh, lasciatemi in pace
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14215

Virtuosic cantata for alto and continuo in three recitatives and arias

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Ecco che il primo albore
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

From BL Add 14222

Prelude - recit - aria - recit - aria structure with great contrast in mood and style. Written in the period 1712 - 1715

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Porpora: Ecco l'infausto lido
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14122

Virtuosic cantata for alto and continuo in two recitatives and arias

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Fille se fiera sorte
Forces: alto & continuo

Here the lover expresses the feelings that separation from Fille would bring; the slow footstep, the longing, the yearning. It's a lovely sing too! RARA format with well-balanced andante then allegro arias.

Source: Münster Santini HS 859 (9)

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Freme il mar
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

from an autograph manuscript in the British Library. Written in April 1720 (around the time of Porpora's first Roman successes) this is a very elegant piece in aria - recit - aria format dealing with poor old Fileno and his love for Nice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Porpora: In Amor sarò costante
Forces: alto & continuo

A delightful and simple example of the genre. Sinuous vocal lines echoed in the basso and a fiery, syncopated second (final) aria. "In love I will be faithful..." ARA format.

Source: Naples Conservatorio

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Mentre doglioso un giorno
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL MS ADD 14215

Virtuosic alto cantata with an outstanding cello part in the second aria. 2 recit and aria format.
Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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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
£8.95
Porpora: Non sò come resisto
Forces: alto & continuo

Main sources: BL Add 14214 100r 106v & Add MS 14210 81v - 88v

The lover deals with the loss of the beloved in this two recit and aria cantata. The first aria is very beautiful the second rather virtuosic for both singer and continuo cellist.
Range: c' - f''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Oh Dio, che non è vero
Forces: alto & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 11
Metastasian text in which the lover bemoans the absence of the beloved.
A beautiful lento as the first aria, quite exquisite.
Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Oh se fosse il mio core
Forces: alto & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 10
Text by Metastasio in which the lover pleads for the chance to prove his love.
A beautiful affettuoso aria and a mad allegro to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Or che una nube ingrata
Forces: alto & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 8
Source: British Library copy of the 1735 edition.
Text by Metastasio, this time concerning a young man and what appears to be a wavering love for Clizia AND Irene!

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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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
£6.95
Porpora: Povero fior di Clizia
Forces: alto & continuo

2 recit and aria format. Tells of 'Love's longing'. First aria (Largo) is particularly beautiful.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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