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Detail from the autograph of the Cantata pastorale, 1716: Non s qual pi m'ingombra
Source: Musiksammlung der Staatsbibliothek, Berlin


Detail from the autograph score of Cantata da camera: Ombre tacite e sole, 31.10.1716
Source: British Library

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The Composer's Words
'I have marked ... at necessary places the louds and softs of the instruments, which are the only means of making that chiaroscuro which makes singing and playing attractive.'
(A. Scarlatti, on his opera, Il Gran Tamerlano 1706.)


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James Sanderson (countertenor)

James Sanderson, performer, teacher and musicologist, has been working on the preparation of editions of 18th century Italian vocal music for the last nine years. His main area of interest lies in the music of the Neapolitan masters such as Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo, Francesco Mancini and Alessandro Scarlatti. He is fortunate in having access to some of the world's greatest collections of manuscript music, particularly the British Library in London, the Santini Collection in Mnster, Germany, the Viennese and Berlin State Libraries and the libraries of the Conservatorio in Naples.

His editions and transcriptions reflect the knowledge gained through his performing experience, coupled with a strict devotion to the manuscript sources. Having made over 250 contributions to the Cantata Editions catalogue covering the genres of cantate da camera, cantate con violini, serenate, opere and song, his applicable experience is growing all the time.

As a performer, Sanderson has a reputation for creating dramatically convincing performances of works ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries. He appears world-wide in opera and concert, having made his debut at the age of 19 and is currently living and working in the UK.

Sanderson is General Editor of Cantata Editions. For more information see this site.

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