lunedì 13 ottobre 2014

La Diva - Arias for Cuzzoni

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German soprano Simone Kermes has earned plaudits for her athletic renditions of Baroque opera arias, and here she takes on some of the most strenuous of them all: arias composed by George Frederick Handel for Francesca Cuzzoni. This Italian diva (the album title La Diva seems to refer both to her and to Kermes) joined London's Royal Academy of Music opera company in 1718, and then, when Handel became the city's hottest composer of Italian opera, spent several years singing the most difficult parts he could devise. The relationship was apparently a stormy one at times, with Handel at one point threatening to throw the soprano out a window if she didn't cooperate. Cuzzoni's fame is attested to by the sheer volume of stories about her that have come down to the present time. One of the most famous of these stories had Cuzzoni duking it out on-stage with a rival diva, Faustina Bordoni; that one is now thought to be a fabrication, but it shows the passions Cuzzoni stirred up in her own time. From Kermes' readings it may be a bit hard to figure out exactly why people got so worked up, but these arias are a perfect match for her skills. Perhaps Cuzzoni and Bordoni were one of those classic technician-actress pairs (there is, of course, no way to know). Kermes is a precise technician. Her voice remains not only on pitch but downright beautiful over all the extremes of range and embellishment these arias contain, and her pianissimo (hear the middle of the aria "Piangerò," from Giulio Cesare, for one of several examples that must bring live crowds to their feet at the end) is extraordinary. In pure emotion-laden melody such as that of the famed "V'adoro pupille" from the same opera, Kermes is not quite as convincing. But there are more discoveries than chestnuts here, notably the series of marvelous arias from the less-familiar Siroe, and there are even a couple of world premieres of early versions of arias from Rodelina. These might have been interesting to pair with the later versions, perhaps as bonus tracks. But the presentation in general is both entertaining and intelligent, with booklet notes and translations of the Italian texts in both German and English. Berlin Classics' studio sound is superbly clear.


Scipione (Publio Cornelio Scipione), opera, HWV 20
1 - Scoglio d'immota fronte

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17
2 - V'adoro pupille
3 - Piangerò
4 - Se pietà di me non senti

Alessandro, opera, HWV 21
5 - No, più soffrir non voglio

Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19
6 - Ombre, piante (First version)
7 - Ahi perché, giusto ciel (First version)

Siroe, rè di Persia, opera, HWV 24
8 - Or mi perdo di speranza
9 - Mi lagnerò tacendo
10 - Torrente cresciuto

Tolomeo, rè d'Egitto, opera, HWV 25
11 - Fonti Amichi

Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, opera, HWV 16
12 - Amante stravagante

Riccardo Primo, rè d'Inghilterra, opera, HWV 23
13 - Morte vieni

Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, opera, HWV 22
14 - Io ti bacio

Simone Kermes, soprano

Lautten Compagney
dir. Wolfgang Katschner

9 commenti:

  1. Thank you very much!

  2. veramente buenisima. gracias bibixy

  3. as you go down the files if the links do not work?

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  9. Bonjour. It seems there is no way for this to be repaired/re-uploaded?
    Un grand merci - Daniel