||Virginia: Icilio io l'amo (Arie der Virginia)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||4:12||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Maometto secondo: Giusto Ciel, in tal periglio (Arie der Anna)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||3:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: O zittre nicht (Rezitativ und Arie der Königin der Nacht)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||4:55||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Die Zauberflöte: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Arie der Königin der Nacht)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||2:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Norma: Casta Diva (Arie der Norma)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln, Christoph M. Mueller & Martin Sandhoff||6:38||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Betly, o la capanna svizzera: In questo semplice modesto asilo (Cavatina der Betly)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||5:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Linda di Chamounix: Ah! Tardai troppo - O luce di quest' anima (Arie der Linda)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||5:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Masnadieri: Tu del mio Carlo al seno (Arie der Amalia)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||8:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Adelson e Salvini: Dopo l'oscuro nembo (Arie der Nelly)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||5:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghiero - Dolce pensiero (Arie der Semiramide)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||6:47||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Atilla: Santo di patria indefinito amor (Arie der Odabella)||Simone Kermes, Concerto Köln & Christoph M. Mueller||5:33||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Scherzi Musicali: Si dolce è il tormento||Simone Kermes & Gabriele Palomba||4:04||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|BookletDigital Booklet - Bel Canto||Simone Kermes||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
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!