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Dramma / Simone Kermes, La Magnifica Comunita


Release Date: 08/14/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 96396  
Composer:  Giuseppe De MajoNicolo PorporaLeonardo LeoJohann Adolf Hasse,   ... 
Performer:  Simone Kermes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emblazoned on the title page of many an 18th-century Italian opera libretto, “dramma per musica” soon became the name for the operas composed to those words. The name perfectly evokes the fury of passions which the masterpieces of the period captured with such power.

This collection of astonishing discoveries – many of them heard here in world-premiere recordings – brings together some of the most magnificent arias of the genre. All of them place such huge demands on the singer’s abilities that only the world’s most legendary castratos such as Farinelli and Caffarelli were considered able to do them justice.
Emblazoned on the title page of many an 18th-century Italian opera libretto, “dramma per musica” soon became the name for the operas composed to those words. The name perfectly evokes the fury of passions which the masterpieces of the period captured with such power.

This collection of astonishing discoveries – many of them heard here in world-premiere recordings – brings together some of the most magnificent arias of the genre. All of them place such huge demands on the singer’s abilities that only the world’s most legendary castratos such as Farinelli and Caffarelli were considered able to do them justice.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Arianna e Teseo: Per trionfar pugnando by Giuseppe De Majo
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1747; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with sound effects of an old phonograph being played. 
2.
Polifemo: Alto Giove by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Mitridate: Vedrà turbato il mare by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
L'Agrippina: Tace l'augello by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Germanico in Germania: Empi, se mai disciolgo by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Ifigenia in Aulide: Le limpid'onde by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Zenobia in Palmira: Son qual nave in ria procella by Leonardo Leo
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8.
L'Olimpiade: Consola il genitore by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Adriano in Siria: Sul mio cor by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1734; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
Germanico in Germania: Se dopo ria procella by Nicolo Porpora
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simone Kermes (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Meistersaal, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Per trionfar pugnando (Fom "Arianna e Teseo")
Alto Giove (From "Polifemo")
Vedra turbato il mare (From "Mitridate")
Tace l'augello (From "Agrippina")
Empi se mai disciolgo (From "Il Germanico")
Le limpid'onde (From "Ifigenia in Aulide")
Son qual nave in ria procella (From "Zenobia in Palmira")
Consola il genitore (From "L'Olimpiade")
Sul mio cor (From "Adriano in Siria")
Se doppo ria procella (From "Il Germanico")
Lascia ch'io pianga (From "Rinaldo")

Customer Reviews

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 magnifico September 19, 2012 By Rosalind H. (Teralba, New South Wales) See All My Reviews "Great repertoire, new to the recording catalogue, brilliantly sung and played, completely committed performances - an immense contribution to this field which is still waiting to be rediscovered: it's in the best hands here." Report Abuse
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