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Simone Kermes: "Colori d’amore".


During this week from the 20th to the 26th of June, at 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM (Madrid Time), you can listen to excerpts from the new album of Simone Kermes: "Colori d’amore" .

Simone Kermes
"Colori d’amore"

 

 

 Review from www.sonymasterworks.eu

 

Simone Kermes once again teams up with Italian ensemble Le Musiche Nove under the direction of Claudio Osele for her long-awaited new album, Colori d’amore.

This is the acclaimed soprano’s second album for Sony, following on from her hugely successful and multi-award-winning CD Lava. While Lava was entirely devoted to the opera seria of Naples, Colori d’amore takes us to late 17th and early 18th-century Vienna, where, at the height of the Baroque period, countless Italian composers and librettists were enticed to the Habsburg court by one music-loving emperor after another. The imperial capital became a key centre of music-making, whose significance spread far beyond the city walls.

Colori d’amore – The Colours of Love – brings together arias from this time bound together by the theme of love. Baroque masterpieces full of poetry and passion, and almost all of them appearing here for the first time on disc.

Claudio Osele has painstakingly researched the original manuscripts of these astounding, powerfully emotional arias, written by composers who have unjustly fallen into obscurity. On the list are the Bononcini brothers – in his day, Giovanni Bononcini was a serious rival of Handel’s in London, Riccardo Broschi, composer brother of the famous castrato Farinelli, Antonio Caldara, one of the best-loved composers of his time, Nicola Matteis the younger, who served the Viennese court as composer of ballet music, and last but not least, Alessandro Scarlatti: 2010 marks the 350th anniversary of Scarlatti’s birth, and the album celebrates the occasion by including five of his most beautiful arias. His “Torbido irato e nero”, once a show-stopper for the young Farinelli, is one of the most virtuoso coloratura arias ever written. One of the arias on the album is world-famous, but not in the version heard here: Giovanni Bononcini’s heartfelt “Ombra mai fu”, a piece that inspired Handel to create his own version nearly 40 years later, with only minor changes.

This magnificent, high virtuoso music seems tailor-made for Simone Kermes – crowned “Queen of Baroque” by Opera News. Born in Leipzig, where she studied voice at the city’s renowned Musikhochschule, graduating with honours, Simone Kermes won first prize in the 1993 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and first prize in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1996, and has long been in demand internationally for both opera and concert appearances. With a voice of exceptional beauty, a phenomenal technique and amazing versatility, she seems to have been born to sing the Baroque dramatic coloratura parts, Mozart’s Italian and German operatic roles, Italian bel canto, as well as the masterpieces of contemporary music. Her CDs have already received numerous international awards, including the Echo Prize, the annual German Record Critics’ Award, the Midem Award, numerous Diapasons d’or, BBC Music Magazine’s “BBC Music Choice”, and Gramophone “Disc of the Month”.



Posted on 2011-06-20 00:46:18.12