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Amor profano - Vivaldi Arias / Marcon, Kermes, et al

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpiade, RV 725
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sin nel placido soggiorino, aria (from lost opera La fede tradita e vendicata), RV 712
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481 - Allegro
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Catone in Utica, RV 705
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano"
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Griselda, RV 718
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verita in cimento, RV 739
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La farfalletta s'aggira, RV 660
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino, RV 717
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. The album includes a number of world-premiere recordings and thus contributes to the continuing discovery of the composer and the "Vivaldi boom" of our times; but first and foremost, the recording is a sheer joy. This music has rhythm, beat and high energy, which is enhanced by the mastery of Simone Kermes and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, whose music-making leaves one breathless.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Simone Kermes has once again teamed up with Andrea Marcon and his Venice Baroque Orchestra for a superbly balanced exploration of opera arias. The level of effort and intelligence in choosing the right repertoire is clearly manifest in this varied and stimulating anthology.

There is a tangible variety of dramatic sentiments and instrumental colours: the introduction of solo cello, recorders, trumpets, solo trumpet and horns in occasional arias is perfectly timed to avoid too much textural monotony, and they make the experience livelier and entertaining. Each aria seems to have been meticulously placed in a sequence that pulls the listener through the contrasts in Vivaldi's operatic writing, which also means that the disc tells a story about the repertoire as well as giving Kermes and the Venetian players plenty of opportunities to show how well they can perform it.

Some of Kermes's dizzying cadenzas are perhaps excessive, but such extravagances are never dull. Her delivery of tempestuous coloratura arias is often exhilarating (the opening aria 'Siam navi all'onde algenti'). The Venice Baroque Orchestra's playing is also dazzling, sensitive and lyrical.

Five of the arias here are first recordings, including a robust heroic aria from OrlandoFurioso - not Vivaldi's famous opera of that title but an earlier setting of the story that also featured music by Ristori - in which Kermes's rapid repeated notes are astonishing. The finest of the rare items is 'Quegl'occhi luminosi' (from Semiramide), which reminds us that, notwithstanding the flashy fast stuff, both singer and composer are often at their dramatic finest in ravishing slow music. 'Se in campo armato' (Catone in Utica) is tastefully played, with its vivacious trumpet-laden accompaniment excellently juxtaposed with a tender B section (although Kermes perhaps over-eggs the ornaments in the da capo repeat). The concluding aria 'Or che cinto ho il crin d'alloro' (Giustino) shows the musicians' infectious joy in the music, with an extrovert vocal line, exuberant horns, and snappy strings and continuo.

'Amor profano' is a role model of how a Baroque opera arias recital disc should be put together - with proper research, affection for the composer, and top-notch artistry.



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : L'Olimpiade, RV 725 :: Act 2 Scene 5. Siam Navi All'Onde Algenti
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/17/1734

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Sin nel placido soggiorino, aria (from lost opera La fede tradita e vendicata), RV 712
  • Performers: Francesco Galligioni (Cello); Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/16/1726

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Orlando furioso, opera in 3 acts, RV 728 :: Act 2 Scene 3. Ah, Fuggi Rapido
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738 :: Act 3 Scene 2. Non M'Affligge Il Tormento Di Morte
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481 - Allegro :: Act 2 Scene 3. Quegl'occhi Luminosi
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/26/1731

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La costanza trionfante de gl'amori e de gl'odii, RV 706
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Catone in Utica, RV 705 :: Act 2 Scene 9. Se In Campo Armato
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/1737

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano" :: Sinfonia. Allegro
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano" :: Sinfonia. Andante
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano" :: Sinfonia. Allegro
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Griselda, RV 718 :: Act 2 Scene 2. Agitata Da Due Venti
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/18/1735

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738 :: Act 3 Scene 14. Dopo Sì Rei Disastri
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verità in cimento, RV 739 :: Act 1 Scene12. Amato Ben, Tu Sei La Mia Speranza
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Tito Manlio, RV 738 :: Act 2 Scene 11. Combatta Un Gentil Cor
  • Performers: Gabriele Cassone (Trumpet); Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1719

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La farfalletta s'aggira, RV 660
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Giustino, RV 717 :: Act 3 Scene 8. Or Che Cinto Ho Il Crin D'Alloro
  • Performer: Simone Kermes (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrea Marcon
  • Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724