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Viva! - Simone Kermes Sings Vivaldi


Release Date: 10/24/2011 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 4779843  
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An object lesson in putting together a Baroque opera arias recital disc

"Exhilarating" and "dazzling" are only two of the words critic David Vickers uses to describe this smashing release. In a brilliantly put-together programme, Simone Kermes blazes a trail through more than a dozen Vivaldi arias. There are vocal fireworks aplenty, alongside a rapt concentration in the slower pieces. Essential listening.


-- Gramophone [5/2008]

"On the level of sheer vocal beauty and virtuosity, this is a staggering disc. Throughout, the gorgeous Kermes voice glints like the finest gold picked out by a shaft of sunlight, unfailingly on the note, and negotiating every run and ornament
Read more incorporated in Vivaldi’s virtuoso writing with a consummate ease that at first takes the breath away, but then comes to seem almost routine. It isn’t routine, of course, and commands the utmost admiration and respect. Slow movements, all taken very slowly indeed, are spun on the richest of threads, with much use of a floated mezza voce (one of the principal weapons in the Kermes armory) that time after time ravishes the ear.

-- Brian Robins, Fanfare [7/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E, RV 630 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Length: 13 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
L'Olimpiade, RV 725: Siam navi all'onde algenti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Semiramide, RV 733: Quegl' occhi luminosi by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Tito Manlio, RV 738: Combatta un gentil cor by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1719; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
La farfalletta s'aggira, RV 660: La farfaletta s'aggira al lume by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
In furore giustissimae irae in C minor, RV 626 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2004 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Orlando furioso, RV 728: Ah fuggi rapido by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Giustino, RV 717: Or che cinto ho il crin d'alloro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
9.
Griselda, RV 718: Agitata da due venti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Catone in Utica, RV 705: Se in campo armato by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera: Larghetto "Nulla in mundo pax sincera"
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera: Recitativo "Blando colore oculos mundus decepit"
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera: Allegro (Aria) "Spirat anguis inter flores"
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera: Allegro "Alleluia"
L'Olimpiade - adapted by Andrea Marcon / Act 2: Siam navi all'onde
Semiramide (RV 733) - adapted by Andrea Marcon: Quegl' occhi luminosi
Tito Manlio - adapted by Andrea Marcon / Act 2: Combatta un gentil cor
La farfalletta - adapted by Andrea Marcon
In furore, R.626: 1. In furore iustissimae (Allegro)
In furore, R.626: 2. Miserationum Pater (Recitativo)
In furore, R.626: 3. Tunc meus fletus (Largo)
In furore, R.626: 4. Alleluia (Allegro)
Vivaldi: Orlando furioso RV 728 - adapted by Andrea Marcon / Act 2: Ah fuggi rapido
Il Giustino - adapted by Andrea Marcon / Act 3: Or che cinto ho il crin d'alloro
Griselda - dramma per musica - adapted by Andrea Marcon: Agitata da due venti
Catone in Utica - adapted by Andrea Marcon / Act 1: Se in campo armato

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