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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

Soprano Simone Kermes sings a variety of repertoire from the Baroque to the Romantic, but it's in the Baroque where she has made the strongest impact, and she shines in this album of Vivaldi opera arias and solo cantatas. The recordings are culled from two earlier Deutsche Grammophon Archiv releases, Amor Profano and Amor Sacro, so fans of the singer who already own those albums would not be getting new material with this one. For other listeners, though, it's an attractive selection that showcases Kermes' versatility, as well as Vivaldi's. She is especially compelling in the more lyrical, subdued arias, such as "Nulla in mundo pax sincera," from the cantata of the same name and "La Farfalletta audace," from an Read more unidentified or lost opera (for which her recording is the premiere), which she delivers with an intimacy that is practically sotto voce without sacrificing tone or agility. She is given opportunity for displaying a more assertive, fiery temperament in arias like "In furore iustissimae irae" from the cantata of the same name and "Se in campo armato" from Catone in Utica, which demonstrate the power and ferocity she is capable of summoning. The arias highlight the silky evenness of her voice throughout, and her mastery of the composer's extreme coloratura demands. Her ornamentation in the repeats in the da capo arias is intelligent and viscerally thrilling. Kermes' voice is not particularly large but its smoothness and her effortless-sounding virtuosity make it very appealing. She is dramatically invested in the music and she conveys the intensity of each character's sentiments with engaging conviction. Andrea Marcon, leading the excellent Venice Baroque Orchestra, provides a sensitive and lively accompaniment. Kermes' voice is more present-sounding and therefore fuller and more impressive in the music taken from Amor Sacro; in the operatic arias she comes across with somewhat less resonance. Otherwise the sound is clean and clear.

– Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide Read less

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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