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Leo: Amo la bella, ah nò
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 f73r - 76v

The lover is torn between his head and his heart with love for his 'beauty'. Who wins? Two recit and aria form with a stunning first Largo (see MIDI) and a fiery presto to finish.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Dite vedesti forse una donzella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The never-ending search for Nice fills this virtuosic cantata. Lovely imagery including lions, tigers, waves and ships in RARA format. The first aria is full of pathos, calling for the nightingale, the second, following a recitativo accompagnato is fast and furious, a 'navigante' aria. with a range extending to high B flat, this is quite a piece of work!

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Leo: Non potrei benche volessi
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add SM 14112 ff 111r - 114r

As the stream to the sea, so am I drawn to you. Thus runs the final aria and summarises this charming cantata (despite Clori's continued infedelity). Aria (Affettuoso) - recit - aria (Non presto) format.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Oh' Dio qual duolo sia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"What sadness to be parted from the beloved" It is a beautiful example of a lontananza cantata with stunningly sinuous writing within the ARA format. The first aria has a 3-8 B section, the recit is involved and expressive and the final aria is a wealth of beautiful music.

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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''

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Leo: Or che barbara sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14210 ff 10r - 17r

In classic two recit and aria format with some wicked chromatic shifts in the recits, the lover bemoans the cruelty of Fate which has parted him from his beloved.

Range: c - g'

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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

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Leo: Piansero Eurilla mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 2r - 9v

A gentle and loving story of a man abandoned in the woods (amongst flowers and verdant fields, of course) by his beloved Eurilla. Still he loves her - your blond hair, your white hands, your faithfulness(!). 2 recits (both quite large and complicated) and 2 arias (moderato and allegro with a slower(?) reflective middle section in triple time).

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: S'io credessi il cor costante
Forces: soprano & continuo

'If' is, of course, the important word in this cantata. "If I belived in a faithful heart..." A discussion of the pain caused by loving too much. ARA format, both arias excellent and sinuous.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(3)

Range: d# - a''

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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'

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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''

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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''

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Mancini: Alpestre, monte e solitaria selva
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 124v - 131v

Oh, the pain that Love causes, and once again it's Nice! Here the lover would willingly shed every last drop of blood to get Nice back. Hello?!!? Two recit and aria format, both arias slow, in the (appropriately) pathetic style.

Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Clori non ti lagnar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 ff 3r - 10v

A truly lovely cantata in five movements with Mancini's typical flexible attitude to recitative/arioso/aria combinations. A later performer, perhaps even the copyist, has made the note 'cantata bona di partenza' and has personalised a version of the text changing the lovers' names (Clori and Lillo) to Cara and me.

Range: d' - a''

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Mancini: Crudele lontananza
Forces: soprano & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata with Clori once again responsible for our lover's torment, but he still wants to "kiss the arrow that pierced my heart..." Oh, for goodness' sake! RARARA format, with two slow and one fast. Short, vivid recitatives.

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Mancini: Da che lungi n'andò
Forces: 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. Oh, Lidio is being difficult again and causing heartache. His loving lady wishes rather for death than his absence. Finally, in the last aria, he reappears and is likened to the sun at the break of day banishing sadness. Awww...
Double recit-aria format.
Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Dir vorrei quel bel contento
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

A charming cantata with strings by Mancini. Our protagonist has lost his love, but being pragmatic has resigned himself to the possiblity of the loss being permanent whilst still hoping for a reconciliation. In ARA format with lovely writing for both voice and strings.

Source is a MS in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella – Napoli: Cantate 41 no 6.

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Mancini: Dunque le mie speranze
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love and hope are not always good companions!
The source is a manuscript in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059; Segnatura: Cantate 41(9).

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Già che teco io son mio bene
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata full of longing and some wonderful word painting in the two arias. ARA format sees Fileno's lover longing for his return - '...stop your running or the sun will not shine...'

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059 ; Segnatura: Cantate 41-08.

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Mancini: La Rondinella trapassa il mar
Forces: soprano & continuo

From a volume of Mancini cantatas in the S Pietro di Majella Conservatorio library, this is an extremely cheerful 'lontananza' cantata. In ARA format with two delightfully playful arias and a complex, emotional recitative, this cantata should prove very popular with singers and audience alike.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Lasciami solo in pene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leave me alone in my pain! So repeats our (quite upset) protagonist in this RARA format cantata. A sinuous Siciliano and a resolute final aria set the text off very effectively. This is the composer at his very inventive stage.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059 Segnatura: 33.3.33-05.
Range: e - g'

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Mancini: Lungi dal tuo sembiante
Forces: soprano & continuo

Here our erstwhile lover is wrapped up in all the torments of the classic 'lontananza' cantata. He is prepared to die for love if his distant beloved would just turn the light of her eyes towards him and show him her face. A large RARARA format aria from the Naples Conservatorio collection (S. Pietro a Majella).

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Occhi vezzosi e belli
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata from Münster MS Hs 865 (14) in which beautiful eyes make you a prisoner of Love. In RARA format with some delightful chromaticisms and written out return ornament to the da capo.
Range: d - g#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Tenebroso era il sole e'l ciel
Forces: soprano & continuo

Little known, but unjustifiably so! This RARA format cantata opens with a virtuosic recitative and continues to challenge both singer and continuo player throughout. A text full of longing for the beloved: The sun and the heavens were dark without a glimpse of your face...
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: 33.3.33-06

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 1 - soprano)

Forces: soprano & continuo

The first 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.

D'amore il primo dardo
Nel mio sonno almen
Tirsi chiamare a Nome
Queste che miri o Nice
Scrivo in te l'amato nome (Il nome)
Già la notte s'avvicina

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Porpora: Celinda, Oh Dio Celinda
Forces: soprano & continuo

Celinda has gone missing, and her lover sings of her beauty, his searching and his hope of her return. Great recits, a beautiful Siciliano and a virtuosic allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(1)

Range: d - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Clori, vezzosa Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Separation angst is the theme again in this pastoral cantata. Apart from Clori, her lover bewails his fate through woods, mountains and streams (they always seem to walk so far!). RARA format, the first aria full of wonderful suspensions and a slowly agitated bass line, the second with more agitation in 12/8

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(3)

Range: e flat - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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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

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Porpora: Era il tempo che in cielo
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the heat of the sun the flowers and plants wilt, as does Eurilla in her longing for Tirsi. A lovely example of the genre with a touching Adagio as the first aria and a fiery allegro as the second. In RARA format with Porpora's tradiationally complex recitative writing and very effective melodic writing in the arias. A real delight!

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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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

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Porpora: Idolo del mio core
Forces: soprano & continuo

Another from the Naples MS 34.6.25. Here our lover calls "Tell me where you are! Show me where the one I adore is gone!" 

In RARA format, with surprisingly brief recitatives, the second aria Largo has some delightful harmonic shifts. It is intersting to note that the continuo figures in this (only) copy are only written where the vocal part does not appear.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.
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Porpora: Nel mio sonno almen (Il sogno)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 2

Text by Metastasio in which the lover dreams of his beloved taking away all sadness
Lento - Recit (spectacular) - Andantino

Range: e' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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