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Bononcini: Idol mio bel tesoro
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Eyes like darts and a face that ensnares, how could he resist? A cantata with flauto from the lesser-known Bononcini, but by no means the lesser composer. Some stunning writing here in this ARA format cantata from a manuscript in the Naples Conservatorio library.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this plaint over the pain of love there is a disturbing link between the 'loving chains' and 'sweet signs' of love.

ARA format with a lovely andantino to start and a dotted allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(8)
Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
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Hasse: Chieggio ai gigle ed alle rose
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 23r - 27v (only source)

Here's where you learn not to ask nature where your love is concealed! One glance and she loses her liberty and gains a lover!!

Aria (cantabile) - recit - aria (un poco allegro) format.

Range: e - a''
Editor: James Sanderson
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Hasse: Credi ò cara alla speranza
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 17r - 22v (only source)

A totally charming work, both musically and textually - despite a little sentimentality. The text can be summarised with one of the lines from the second aria '...there may be more beautiful shepherdesses out there, but you'll never find one as faithful...' Sweet! Excellent largo to start and a stirring presto for the final aria.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Fille dolce mio bene
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31604

Particularly 'classical' feel to this virtuoso cantata. 2 recit and aria form

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Lascia i fior
Forces: soprano & continuo

from BL MS Add 14214. Lovely throbbing affettuoso to start and an extraordinary chromatic 'B' section in the second aria.

Range d - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Lungi d'ogni amoroso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14214

An interestingly chromatic cantata with a wide range and virtuosic writing for the voice and continuo

Editor: James Sanderson

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Hasse: Orgoglioso fiumicello (soprano)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add. 14229

A very interesting cantata with obbligato keyboard accompaniment in first aria. Large range from c - b flat'' Text by Metastasio and from the number of copies extant this must have been a popular piece!

Editor: James Sanderson
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Hasse: Quel vago seno
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Charming cantata, widely circulated with two recits and arias, both arias and second recit include flute.

Research: Kate Eckersley

Sources: Royal College of Music MSS 695 and Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella Cantate 157

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: A te vengo o prato ameno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14213 v 154r - 157v

This time the poor shepherd is dying for love of cruel Aminta. No matter what he does, beauty of her hair and her breast(!) force him to fall in love. The opening aria, probably largo has some interesting figurations which in most situations would be ornaments (32nd notes). Aria - recit - aria form.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leo's setting of this popular text. Whilst Clori sleeps her lover guards her rest and surrounds her with flowers (whilst binding himself in the pleasant chains of love). ARA format with two sensuous arias.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(7)

Range: d - a flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Ch'io non conosco Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Not knowing Love, not knowing of his sighs, how can Irene recognise his ardor? The lovers complaints (and his happiness) of and in love. ARA format with a larghetto, e cantabile and an aria non presto. The recitative is typically intricate and the harmonic world is complex.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(1)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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Leo: Di contento di gioia e diletto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14212 f150 - 153

This is a particularly beautiful Christmas cantata for soprano with a 'si sona' obbligato part for either cembalo or strings.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Di contento di gioia e diletto (arr)
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Leo's Christmas cantata realised for violins, soprano and continuo. Two arias separated by a recitative, last aria is a particularly beautiful Siciliano.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale con violini
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Leo: Dodeci Solfeggi à voce sola (part 1)
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the great tradition of vocal exercise, we present the first six of Leo's Dodeci Solfeggi. Viruosic, but extremely vocal writing. Great for developing flexibility.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2369

Range: c - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

Solfeggi
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Leo: Dopo lunga dimora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A stunning example of the genre showing Leo at the height of his powers in this field. RARA format with two complex and beautiful arias and the expected involved recitatives. The straying shepherd returns to the banks of the River Arno to find both love and infedelity in his beloved Amarillis.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(2)

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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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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