La Diva (Arias for Cuzzoni)
Simone Kermes, Lautten Compagney & Wolfgang Katschner
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a beautiful voice
I have loved the human voice for much of my 80 years. I have a huge collection of songs and arias. Among the contemporary female singers my favorites are Bartoli, Flemming, Garanca. I recently discovered Simone Kermes. She is easily in the same class. In fact I find her voice to be the most beautiful voice of the group. It is sweet and smooth throughout her range - loud or soft. Her pyrotechnics are excellent (not as good as Bartoli) but far more than adequate. I now own three of her CDs - 2 earlier Vivaldi ones. Concerning this one - a complaint is that the orchestra is too overpowering and often hides her in the gorgeous soft passages. A possible complaint is that she is too perfect - not an ugly sound ever - and hence maybe there is not enough drama. But still she is wonderful.