Caldara: Soffri, mio caro Alcino - Lesne





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Published on Feb 7, 2012

'Soffri, mio caro Alcino'

Cantata for alto and basso continuo

Text: probably Paolo Rolli (1687-1765)

Music: Antonio Caldara (c.1671-1736)

Composition: the manuscript score is dated 14 October 1715

Gérard Lesne, countertenor

Il Seminario musicale

Recording: June 1990

Pitch: A = 415 Hz

At last! I've been after this score for 7 years! I received it from a YT friend 2 years ago but since then I had no opportunity to make this video. I posted a video years ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elq4mj...) with only the cover of the album since I didn't have the score nor the text. My search for a bit of info on this piece led me to meet my dear Marc (MehdiCapsII), who tried to help me find or at least transcribe the text from the audio. But he was not the only one who offered help: among them, dear Flavio, an exceptionally talented countertenor friend (senesino83), luisortmul, and Idaspe who sent me the score. I can never thank all of you enough. But the quest is far from being complete. This piece is a mystery wrapped in an enigma in regard to the text. It was probably written by Paolo Rolli, because parts of it appear in a cantata that he published in London in 1727 (http://books.google.com/books?id=wjNc...). It seems to have been re-written by Rolli some time after Caldara set it. And the text of the first aria was also set by Handel in his cantata of the same name: 'Dolc'è pur d'amor l'affanno'. Even as I type these sentences Marc is researching for more info.

Thank you all for your help and time.



Soffri, mio caro Alcino,
qualche rigor d'inevitabil pena.
Ad un vero gioire
non si può giunger mai
senza incontrar per via qualche martire.
Amor sempre nasconde
i suoi fior fra le spine;
ma son cari gl'affanni,
che misto han le dolcezze,
o durevol contento han per confine.


Dolce è pur d'amor l'affanno
se compagno del tormento
il contento viene ancor.

Se le pene insieme vanno
colla speme e coll'affetto
il diletto è poi maggior.


Se mai ti nasce in mente
sospettoso pensiero della mia fè,
dell'amor mio nemico,
non gli prestar mai fede
digli ch'è menzognero,
ed a quanto ti finge
rispondi non è vero.
Da quel momento, o caro,
ch'io proposi d'amarti
sino all'ultimo dì del viver mio,
scorgerai nel mio petto
la fiamma istessa del mio primo affetto.


Non potrai dir mai, no,
che Dori t'ingannò,
così non possa anch'io,
caro, mai dir di te.

Credimi che se mai
geloso tu sarai
offendi l'amor mio,
caro, fai torto alla mia fè.

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