iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Bel Canto by Simone Kermes, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Bel Canto

Simone Kermes

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Customer Reviews

Excellent!

Although this is not Kermes' usual repertoire, she delivers vocal beauty and perfect technical command of her instrument
The voice does not (commonly) fit well in pieces for a dramatic-sized voice, but she somehow is capable of overcome the difficulties
And deliver great performances that stand entirely on their own.

Welcome Change of Pace!

I've been a huge fan of Simone Kermes in baroque repertoire, so I was both delighted and apprehensive to see her trying these later works. I should note that there a few strange programming choices - the Mercadante is basically a cabaletta performed without its preceding aria (Sulle materne ceneri), the Norma is only the prayer performed without cabaletta (Ah, bello a me ritorna), and both are performed without chorus. However, the Masnadieri and Atilla are performed with both cavatina and cabaletta (and both verses at that!) We also get no anonymous singers to fill in the bridging parts, but that's certainly not unusual in studio settings.
To me, there is only one questionable piece (the Atilla aria really shows how light and small the voice is), yet even here her solid musicality and technique are much in evidence, as in the other pieces. The slow arias are true showcases for her effortless long phrasing (the Norma is amazing!) and she inflects the words tellingly (especially in the Monteverdi) Her coloratura in perfectly sound and her baroque background ensures that second verses are interestingly ornamented. The Mozart is predictably good, although a slight tendency to peck at notes is evident (not helped by the fast tempi, either). As much as I enjoyed this disc, I have a difficult time imagining that the voice is substantial enough to take on these roles in the theater. Still, Kermes cannot help but be fascinating, so enjoy the ride!

Listeners Also Bought

Bel Canto, Simone Kermes
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.