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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor profano: Vivaldi Arias (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 71:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 6618 | Recorded: 2006

Amor profano is the follow-up project to the spectacular album Amor sacro that the soprano Simone Kermes recorded with Andrea Marcon and his Venice Baroque Orchestra. Amor sacro received rave critical reviews, with The San Francisco Chronicle hailing, "soprano Simone Kermes leads the way in this choice performance of four sacred motets by Vivaldi…another exemplary Vivaldi excavation" and the Star Ledger proclaiming, "Kermes brings Vivaldi's heart-easing lyricism alive with far richer expressivity…Kermes looks to be a real vocal star."

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

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Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)

Simone Kermes, Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Amor sacro: Vivaldi Mottetti (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 67:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 477 5980 | Recorded: 2004

This knockout CD of Vivaldi motets is a thrilling ride. They are scored for soprano and strings and show the wonderful variety of effects Vivaldi had at his disposal (faster, more dramatic arias use the metaphor of a ship in storm-tossed seas, searching for calm winds and safety): in other words, the same stuff he uses in his operas. But here, because these motets are religious in nature, it is the soul in flux that is wishing for God, or a saint, to guide it. Vivaldi will use the lower strings to give the feeling of menacing weather while the singer navigates through outlandishly difficult coloratura (fast runs, octave leaps, high stacatto effects); conversely, each motet also contains a slow, introspective aria which requires a long, soft vocal line.

Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)

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Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)

Joseph Martin Kraus: Amphitryon · Cantatas · Symphonies · Chamber Music [5CDs] (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.44 Gb | Total time: 5 hours 54 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | C7325 | Recorded: 1990-2007

Joseph Martin Kraus, also named as the "Swedish Mozart", has been many years a shadowy existence in music history. Gluck and even Joseph Haydn saw "a real genius" in his virtuose and nearly early-romantic works. His position as composer at the swedish court under Gustav III. made it possible to have a fix income and a blithe creativity. This CD-Set gives us an overall musical impression about his compositions in all genres: Beginning with the incidental music to Amphitryon, the high virtuos Italian Cantatas, his Symphonies from different life periods, till the early String Quartets- Gluck and Haydn have not been mistaken.

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Mozart: Requiem [2011] Re-up

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Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Mozart: Requiem [2011] Re-up

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Mozart: Requiem [2011]
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 46.32 | Covers | 261 Mb
Classical | Alpha | 178 | Rec: 2010

The chamber orchestra MusicaAeterna was founded by Teodor Currentzis in 2004, while he was music director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and the orchestra was involved in Opera and Ballet performances at the theatre. On this CD the orchestra are described as the ‘orchestre de chambre de l’Opéra de Novosibirsk’, but in January 2011 Currentzis became Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet and MusicaAeterna are now based in Perm.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodelinda (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 66:10+59:01+67:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | 477 5391 | Recorded: 2004

Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1977, was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Deidamia (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 897 Mb | Total time: 69:45+62:45+48:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 5 45669 2 | Recorded: 2002

Written in 1740, Deidamia was the last of Handel’s Italian operas; thereafter he relinquished the form and turned his creative energies to English oratorio. The libretto is based on the myth of Achilles’ boyhood: disguised as a girl on the island of Scyros to escape his fate at Troy, Achilles is unmasked by Ulysses and joins the war, abandoning his lover Deidamia. Despite its heroic subject Deidamia is written with a light, almost comic touch, Deidamia herself providing a central seriousness as she moves from the ecstasies of young love to a tragic maturity, forced to release the boy she loves to his inevitable death. Simone Kermes is Deidamia and Anna Bonitatibus her cynical adversary Ulysses; Alan Curtis’ new recording reveals the many beauties of a very human and appealing work that marks a wistful end to the golden age of Baroque opera.

Alan Curtis, IL Complesso Barocco - Handel: Lotario (2004)

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Alan Curtis, IL Complesso Barocco - Handel: Lotario (2004)

Alan Curtis, IL Complesso Barocco - Handel: Lotario (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 837 Mb | Total time: 79:30+77:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 82876 58797 2 | Recorded: 2004

First performed in 1729 and quickly forgotten, Lotario is a worthy work with plenty of effective arias and a duet, with characters and intrigues that demand attention. Conductor Alan Curtis explains in the liner notes that he has cut the recitatives and an aria or two in order to get the work onto two CDs. I can’t argue with his decision, and it’s good to have such a fine performance of this unknown work available. Curtis breathes life into each aria and paces the recitatives wisely. He takes time over the warm, loving arias and doesn’t give in to the temptation to rip into the allegros.

Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani - Inferno e Paradiso (2020)

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Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani - Inferno e Paradiso (2020)

Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani - Inferno e Paradiso (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 418 Mb | Total time: 76:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 886447709429 | Recorded: 2019

"Lava", "La Diva", "Bel Canto" - these are the names of some of Simone Kermes' highly praised and successful albums. Their new album "Inferno e Paradiso" is thematically about "Heaven and Hell" about "Virtues and Deadly Sins" - musically illustrated with 14 titles from four centuries from baroque to rock, from Bach to Sting, from Vivaldi to Led Zeppelin.

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

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Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala (2015)

Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernandez-Silva, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - Haydn Opera Gala: L'infedeltà delusa, La vera costanza (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 396 Mb | Total time: 64:48+77:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C5255 | Recorded: 2009, 2011

Although Joseph Haydn is still regarded principally as a master of instrumental music, he was also one of the forward-looking opera composers of his day, devoting a significant portion of his working life to the genre. As the opera director for Prince Esterházy, he oversaw more than a thousand opera productions at the Esterházy court, which included popular stage works of the time, as well as his own. These two operas are unusual and ahead of their time in that it is women who take centre stage. These female protagonists are people of real flesh and blood, strong, pragmatic, and clearly representative of the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

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Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)

Simone Kermes Collection [12CDs] (2003-2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,05 Gb | Total time: 14 h 26 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Music | Recorded: 2002-2018

Known for her idiosyncratic performances of baroque repertoire and eccentric personal style, the German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes trained in her native Leipzig, with early successes including the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Bach has not, however, figured prominently in her career since then – Kermes gravitated towards Vivaldi, Handel and the Neapolitan composers who wrote for the great castrati, such as Riccardo Broschi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Porpora. (She has recorded several solo albums of such repertoire for Sony, including Dramma, and Colori d’Amore – reviewing the latter, BBC Music Magazine described her as ‘a remarkable artist, charming, fascinating and boldly risk-taking by turns’).

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)

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Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)

Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, The New Siberian Singers - Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 63:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # 376 | Recorded: 2007

With that of Orpheus, the myth of Dido has no doubt been one of the most prolific in epics, drama and, as from the 17th century, in musical theatre. Teodor Currentzis, a young rising star on the international scene (let's just mention his success in 2008 at Opéra Bastille), took hold of this musical monument to offer us a version where, for once, drama prevails.

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

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Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)

Simone Kermes, Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo - Joseph Martin Kraus: La Primavera (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 449 Mb | Total time: 76:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phoenix | # 101 | Recorded: 2007

That the four main works on this disc have never been recorded before is no reflection on the quality of the music or the composer. Joseph Martin Kraus, the German-born composer-contemporary of Mozart's working in Sweden, was all but forgotten after his death in 1792 and recordings of his works have been few and far between. And his four Italian cantatas on this disc were nearly completely forgotten after the death of the soprano they were written for in 1790.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Leopold Anton Kozeluch: Moisè in Egitto (2003)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Leopold Anton Kozeluch: Moisè in Egitto (2003)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert - Leopold Anton Kozeluch: Moisè in Egitto (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 453 Mb | Total time: 103:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 948-2 | Recorded: 2002

Leopold Anton Kozeluch, often inaccurately and unjustly portrayed as a scheming opponent of Mozart and Haydn, was actually an extraordinarily popular and successful composer during his own lifetime. Already in 1781 Kozeluch had such an outstanding reputation that the Salzburg archbishop offered him the court organist's post left vacant by Mozart. The Bohemian composer's some 250 works include symphonies, piano music, operas, cantatas, string quartets, and a number of oratorios. Moses in Egypt, an oratorio based on the Book of Exodus from the Old Testament, was premiered in the old Burgtheater in 1787.

Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani, Boris Begelman - Mio Caro Handel (2019)

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Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani, Boris Begelman - Mio Caro Handel (2019)

Simone Kermes, Amici Veneziani, Boris Begelman - Mio Caro Händel (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 370 Mb | Total time: 79:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19075861772 | Recorded: 2018

Simone Kermes is a highly idiosyncratic performer who delights in pushing the boundaries of good taste, often unafraid to inject her singing with a grab bag of vocal tricks. So it’s surprising that her latest release is that most standard of offerings, one to put next to your favourite singer’s Verdi or Puccini disc – the Handel recital.

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

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Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)

Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra - Vivaldi and others: Andromeda Liberata (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 496 Mb | Total time: 51:28+46:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Production | # 477 0982 | Recorded: 2004

Andromeda Liberata is a serenata, or two-part ceremonial cantata with a hint of allegorical storyline, given in Venice on September 18, 1726, in honor of visiting Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. Most early eighteenth century works of this type are so courtly, genteel, and refined that often their common destiny is to languish and gather dust on the shelves of some archive rather than be promoted and performed. Andromeda Liberata is an exception in that parts of it are traceable to the pen of one Antonio Vivaldi, whose varied and outstanding contribution to other types of works, including opera, are well noted elsewhere. Vivaldi, however, is not solely responsible for the score; although the musicological jury is still out on many sections contained within Andromeda Liberata, among the suspect roster may be found other prominent names (Tomaso Albinoni, Nicola Porpora, and Antonio Lotti) and some lesser ones (Giovanni Porta and Antonino Biffi).