Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679)

Born in Rome in 1600 in a family of musical traditions, Giovanni Felice Sances owes his musical education first to the Roman environment, and then to the Venetian, strongly influenced by the genius of Monteverdi that in those days was dominating unchallenged.
The turning point of Sances life however, occurred at thirty-six when he was hired at the Imperial Chapel of Vienna, first as singer, and then – known for his skills – as main composer and favorite of the emperor; he retained this position until his death, leaving the Imperial Chapel an impressive number of compositions.
The Capricci Poetici, printed in Venice in 1649 and dedicated to the noble Nicolò Sagredo, Venetian ambassador to the imperial court and later Doge of Venice, it was just one of the many works that allowed Sances of highlighting his compositional talent through which came to build up over time, the peak of the Imperial Chapel.
Irene Morelli and Beatrice Mercuri voices deliver with great property of style the texts of these arias and cantatas, where Sances abandons the modal language typical of the sixteenth century and goes towards a wise use of tonal innovations, highlighting the salient moments of the text and the alternation of the “affetti”.


1. Aria prima Chi nel Regno almo d’Amore 4:06
2. Aria seconda Vibrate pur vibrate dalle pupille 5:50
3. Aria terza Ho il cor ferito e morirò 5:03
4. Aria quarta Deh qual virtude Filli si chiude 4:47
5. Aria quinta Amo e sento nel petto 6:23
6. Aria sesta Perché vecchia gli dissi un dì per gioco 5:35
7. Cantata prima Chi non sa cosa sia Amor io gliel dirò 5:49
8. Cantata seconda Or che chiarissime da l’alto ciel 6:17
9. Cantata terza Son amante e son fedele 6:08
10. Canzonetta a due soprani Che sperasti o mio cor 5:41
  • Composer: Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679)
  • Performers: Irene Morelli, soprano · Beatrice Mercuri, mezzosoprano

    Diego Cantalupi, archlute · Giuseppe Schinaia, harpsichord

  • Musicological Text: Giuseppe Schinaia
  • Historical Period: Early Baroque
  • Code: TC 601903
  • Edition: January 2017
  • Barcode: 8007194105940
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 10
  • Total duration: 00:56:20
  • Notes: World Premiere Recording · Historical Instruments
  • Texts: Capricci Poetici, Venezia 1649

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