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Mancini: Gelosia che dell'alme
Forces: soprano & continuo

Jealousy as the Mother of Tears is the theme of this very worthwhile cantata by the Neapolitan master. In RARA format, wonderfully expressive and tormented recitatives, a stunning Largo first aria and a fiery last aria.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: 33.3.33 (21).

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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: Già degl'astri il monarca
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 42 - 50v

Once again an interesting construction for this extensive cantata. Recit, aria, recit, aria, recit, minuet, recit which becomes arioso. Some very beautiful writing and moods that swing from Adone's lament at Clori's bad behaviour to arias about finding joy only in the beloved's face.

Range: c#' - g''

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Mancini: Già vicina e quell' hora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A substantial work with three well-developed arias and complex recitatives. Tirsi remains as his love departs whilst questioning why she must leave and whether absence will ease her love.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 861(4)
Range: e - a''

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Mancini: L'occhio el labro del mio bene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 141r - 148v

Not one of his best, but an interesting piece, particularly the use of harmony in the last aria (see MIDI) and the extraordinary way he plays with the text.
Range: e' - g''

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Mancini: La dove il bel sebeto
Forces: soprano & continuo

"A languishing soul should not hope for pity, because in you is beauty and cruelty combined." Oh, how melodramatic can you be? Wonderful, sinuous first aria and a spry allegro to finish in this RARA form cantata. Tirsi and Irene are in their usual predicament...

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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.

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Mancini: Lacrime sventurate
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...How the tears flowing from my heart show my pain..." RARA format, both in triple time, the first a rather lovely Siciliano. The opening recit is also wonderfully chromatic, capturing the image of the flowing tears.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(3)
Range: d# - g#'

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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: Lidia tu non me'l credi
Forces: soprano & continuo

A lovely example of the genre, RARA format with, once again from this manuscript, a particularly complex first aria. The subject: "Leave my heart in peace, speak not of love to me" Now, is that a way to go about Arcadian love?

Source: Müs HS 2459(9)
Range: f# - b'' (!)

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Mancini: Lidio rendimi il core
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Lidio give me your heart'. Poor thing! She has had such bad luck in love, eventually all she wants is him, but knowing that '...it is rare to find beauty and gentleness without pain...' she doesn't really have much hope. A delightful first aria in the this RARA format cantata (see score preview) and a virtuosic, fun closing aria, this is a very enjoyable work with a sense of humour. Source: Naples Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S Pietro a Majella.

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Mancini: Lumi cari del mio bel sole
Forces: alto & continuo

From Santini MS 2459 (16), this delightful cantata has some curiously chromatic twists, particularly in the second aria (listen to preview). "A single glance from your eyes burns my heart, but the certainty of my death can only bring you glory!" In ARA format
Range: b - d'

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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).

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Mancini: Mentre in grembo al riposo
Forces: soprano & continuo

In his sleep, Fileno dreams that an unknown woman is lamenting over his rejection of her love. The first aria, the lament, is simply stunning - beautiful harmony and melodic writing. The last aria offers coloratura challenges and the recitatives are typically well-shaped and effective.
Source, Naples Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella. RARA format.

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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#'

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Mancini: Or che di Primavera (La Primavera)
Forces: soprano & continuo

The Spring fills the heart of animals, birds and plants with Love, even that of our singer with his love for Fille. But, of course, Fille does not return this love and leaves him broken-hearted...the classic rejection cantata. Our erstwhile lover then warns that the Winter of old age will rob her of her Spring-like beauty and she will regret 'Yes, yes!' having spurned his love. In RARA format, the arias are particularly beautiful and the recitatives wander through some bizarre tonal language.
Source: Naples - Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Music S Pietro a Majella.

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Mancini: Piangete occhi dolenti
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Weep sad eyes, and distil my tears so that my laments fill each hour.' A wonderfully self-indulgent cantata from the Naples collection. In RARA format, the first a torturous Largo and the second a sprightly Allegro reminiscent of the recorder sonatas.

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Mancini: Più dell'onda, e più del vento
Forces: soprano & continuo

The treacherous Filli has given her heart to many others, but has held it back from our protagonist. 'Confess cruel one that you are the murderer of my heart!' ARA format with two triple-time arias with plenty of coloratura and some very good word painting here. From a MS in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Naples.

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Mancini: Qual errante farfaletta
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Like an errante butterfly, I seek the sun I adore...' This is a charming short cantata in ARA format, the first a plaintive lament, the second a fiery presto (see PDF preview) railing at Cupid.
Source: Naples - Bibliotca del Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro a Majella.

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Mancini: Quando la notte impera (La Farfalletta)
Forces: soprano & continuo

This was clearly a popular work in its time with no less than three copies found in the Naples collection. 'When night rules...' Like a moth to a flame the lover goes, but must he die for his love? In RARA format with two beautifully shaped arias and complex, harmonically challenging recitatives, one can see why it was popular!

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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'

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Mancini: Scritte con falso inganno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Each line written in blood is examined here in the response to 'Tinte à note di sangue' and found wanting. Lies, damn lies! 'Would I could hear from those lips: Peace, peace my dearest. Instead, in fire and anger I can only respond in my rage: WIcked liar, liar and terrible'. Fiery and exciting writing in RARA format cantata. From a manuscript in the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Naples. Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Se nascessero mille Amori
Forces: soprano, 2 violins & basso continuo

A really stunning example of the genre. In Aria - Recit - Aria and with some very lovely vocal lines, typical of Mancini at his best. It is the story of Eurillo and Clori and how the course of real love never runs smooth

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Mancini: Se non piangi al pianto mio
Forces: soprano & continuo

"If you do not cry at my tears..." Continuing with the sad cantata themes, this is a lovely work in ARARA format by the Neapolitan master Francesco Mancini. Pathos and not a little fire are on offer with some truly twisted recitatives in our lover's reaction to Lilla's heartlessness!
Sources: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella – Napoli: Cantate 22 (30) and 181 (33).

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Mancini: Solitudini care
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Come, see how I have carved the name of Licori in every branch. Come read how I love a beautiful shepherdess who is as ungrateful as she is cruel.' Nice to see the table turned once again (!) and Tirsi is busy with the bemoaning and bewailing. A stunning first Larghetto aria (with nightingales) and a fiery finish in the second aria Allegro. RARA format.
Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella: Cantate 22 no. 28

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Mancini: Son cosi cosi geloso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 38036 ff 89r - 94r
A cantata dedicated to the little green demon of jealousy! Three excellent arias, particularly the first and some extensive and carefully crafted recitative. From a collection dated 1706, at least know the latest date it could have been written!

Range: d' - g''

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Mancini: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Beneath the beech tree this time is Dalindo in relective mood. He dwells on the pain of disdain and the 'soothing balsam of love'. In RARA format, the violins providing a ritornello in the first aria and an integral echoing role in the second siciliano aria.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 860

Range: e - b'' flat

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Mancini: Stavan due tortorelle
Forces: soprano & continuo

Like two turtle doves they bill and coo, but while the one bills 'love' the other bills 'pain and torment'. So a normal day in our pastoral setting! Clori is there of course and probably responsible for the pain.
Source: Naples Cantate 22

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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

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Mancini: Tinte à note di sangue
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 ff 18r - 21v
A complex piece with an excellent vari-tempo final aria. The text can be summed up in two lines from the first recit: Written in blood, these tormented words my betrayed heart sends to you...Think, think how much I have loved you, know that you are not mine, and weep for the pity of my plight
Range: d - g'

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Mancini: Tu partisti ò bella Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori has left and he seeks her '...beautiful eyes to lift his sorrow...' but is she as faithful as he would like? Only time will tell! A large ARARA format cantata with three lovely arias and some complex recitative writing. From the Naples Conservatorio collection.

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Mancini: Un amante ama due belle
Forces: soprano & continuo

A charming cantata filled with indecision and containing one of Mancini's most beautifula arias. A young man loves both Cintia and Irene and really doesn't know what to do - can you help? RARA format.
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3904(5)
Range: c - g'

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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.

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Marcello: Da voi parto amati rai
Forces: soprano & continuo

Three part aria from an MS in the British Library containing much Pepusch, Bononcini and Marcello among others. In this manuscript the composer is said to be Porpora however a proven copy in the I-Nc collection indicates this is actually by Marcello. It's a delightful piece as usual.

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Marcello: Già che la bella Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata in RARA format. The word pianting is delightful and Marcello's melodies full of rhythmic drive. Source: Naples

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Marcello: Se mi parli, ò se mi guardi
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a very effective and interesting Si Sona introduction 'Should I speak or should I look, my dear, sweet soul? I am imprisoned in my happiness, enchained by your mouth...' ARA format with some really clever text setting moments. Very enjoyable!

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 21-02.

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