Simone Kermes, crowned 'The Queen of Baroque' by Opera News, presents her eagerly awaited new album. Colori d'Amore (The Colours Of Love) is a selection of virtuosic baroque arias bound together by the theme of love, almost all of which are world premiere recordings, having been unjustly neglected for centuries.
Echo Award, Midem Award, several Diapason d’Or, “BBC Music Choice” (BBC Music Magazine), “Disc of the Month” (Gramophone).
With her new album Simone Kermes presents her dedication to bel canto. Despite the title the Baroque soprano hasn’t suddenly switched from one voice type to another but is simply following her own interpretation of this term, arguing that bel canto is “inconceivable without reference to the Baroque tradition”.
Perfect breath control, perfect pitch control, pitch-perfect affect, an absolute model performance of baroque arias by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bonocini, Caldara, and Broschi, chosen from operas that are tragically unlikely to be produced anywhere near you anytime soon. There's been a glorious abundance of 'recital' CDs by sopranos and altos who have mastered the special vocal techniques for singing 17th and 18th C arias; I'll list some of my favorites in the first comment below. This recording - Colori d'Amore - Colors of Love - may well be the best. And I may need to endow a Prize to back up my opinion. It's appreciably better than Kermes's 2007 recording of Vivaldi motets with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. It seems worthy of being a career pinnacle for this established star of the opera stage.
Emblazoned on the title page of many an 18th-century Italian opera libretto, “dramma per musica” soon became the name for the operas composed to those words. The name perfectly evokes the fury of passions which the masterpieces of the period captured with such power.
Liao Qian Qian [廖芊芊] Chinese opera dance theater young singer, has a solid professional skills and high vocal talent.
As he went into making his fourth Blue Note release, José James envisioned the follow-up to the Billie Holiday tribute Yesterday I Had the Blues as a double album. It was going to be split between love songs and outward-looking material inspired by persistent injustices and increasingly visible and frequent attacks upon persons of color in the U.S. At some point, James scrapped the second half of the concept, too distressed to see it through. In the liner notes for Love in a Time of Madness, he briefly addresses – in pained but optimistic language – the condition of his native country and the planet at large. James ends by asking, "What is the value of human life? And of what value is love?" Throughout, he and his collaborators approach answers to the second question by writing from various states of a one-on-one relationship…