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  • Audio CD (19 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Archiv
  • ASIN: B000L21DMQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Vivaldi: In furore, R.626 - 1. In furore iustissimae (Allegro)Andrea Marcon 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: In furore, R.626 - 2. Miserationum Pater (Recitativo)Andrea Marcon0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: In furore, R.626 - 3. Tunc meus fletus (Largo)Andrea Marcon 7:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: In furore, R.626 - 4. Alleluia (Allegro)Andrea Marcon 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Larghetto "Nulla in mundo pax sincera"Andrea Marcon 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Recitativo "Blando colore oculos mundus decepit"Andrea Marcon 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Allegro (Aria) "Spirat anguis inter flores"Andrea Marcon 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera - Allegro "Alleluia"Andrea Marcon 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: In turbato mare irato, RV 627 - Allegro (Aria) "In turbato mare irato"Andrea Marcon 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: In turbato mare irato, RV 627 - Recitativo "Splende serena, o lux amata"Andrea Marcon0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: In turbato mare irato, RV 627 - Largetto (Aria) "Resplende, bella divina stella"Andrea Marcon 7:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: In turbato mare irato, RV 627 - Allegro "Alleluia"Andrea Marcon 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Sum in medio tempestatum, RV 632 - Allegro non molto (Aria) "Sum in medio tempestatum"Andrea Marcon 7:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Vivaldi: Sum in medio tempestatum, RV 632 - Recitativo "Quid ergo faciam, infelix anima"Andrea Marcon 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Vivaldi: Sum in medio tempestatum, RV 632 - Largo (Aria) "Semper maesta, sconsolata"Andrea Marcon 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vivaldi: Sum in medio tempestatum, RV 632 - Allegro "Alleluia"Andrea Marcon 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Here comes yet another reminder, should we still need it, of the rewards that await us when we look beyond the most familiar works by Vivaldi to the vast hinterland of his relatively little-known scores. I'm not sure that Universal is doing quite the right thing by putting a sticker on the jewel box claiming these as 'a vocal Four Seasons', but you know what they're getting at!and it only takes the first two movements from Vivaldi's motet In furore iustissimae irae to sweep away any doubts about the work, or these performances.

It's from Rome in the 1720s and the opening aria is full of surging runs and ringing orchestral chords, as the singer trembles before the wrath of the Almighty. Simone Kermes gleams and glitters, hitting the heights impressively cleanly!then in the gently rocking recitative that follows, she pleas for forgiveness, floating cleanly across some awkward intervals, sliding expressively but never self-indulgently from note to note, caressing the phrases, and using her vibrato intelligently as an expressive tool. It's a touching performance, and if you've come across the Venice Baroque Orchestra before, you'll know that their expressive range can take them from a full-bodied fortissimo to the most delicate pianissimo in a heartbeat, with some impressively virtuosic string playing. They're fine accompanists, adapting themselves to Kermes' every expressive gesture with genuine empathy, before catapulting her into the gymnastics of the Alleluias that end each of the motets. Nulla in mundo pax sincera is the earliest, a prayer for peace through faith. It begins with an aria of almost Handelian beauty and ends with what the notes refer to as a vocal concerto, Kermes using her voice with delicacy and finesse as she joins and then embroiders the string parts.

The other two pieces seem to be the only surviving Vivaldi motets from the 1730s, both of them using the old baroque operatic metaphor of ships buffeted by stormy seas, looking for shelter. The opening aria of In turbato mare irato takes Kermes almost into a chest voice, while the quality and character of the continuo playing in the recitative is a delicious foil to her clean soprano. The recording is balanced to perfection, allowing the plucked instruments through without seeming to favour them artificially, and the voice is balanced alongside the instruments, and allowed to shine among them without becoming too prominent, or drowning under the strings.

More undervalued Vivaldi in performances that will have you catching your breath at times because of the beauties they reveal. Buy it, and give the Four Seasons a break!

This recording is Disc Of The Week on Radio 3's CD Review --Andrew McGregor

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adders on 25 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This collection of Vivaldi arias is sublime. Simone Kermes' voice is dazzling - she sounds almost ethereal. The orchestra compliments her singing perfectly. This Baroque music just transports one to another world ...
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Matthews on 2 April 2007
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Elizabeth Schwarzkopf once said that in order to be a sucessful singer, you need to be loud, and to have a distinctive voice. If Simone Kermes were a weapons system, the UN would insist that she be banned. You can probably hear her in Hessen when she is performing in Munich.

An easy six stars: it takes a lot of panache to make Vivaldi worth listening to. Marcon and Kermes have panache in buckets.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A nice suprise 23 Feb. 2007
By Kyle E. Lockhart - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed Kermes's contributions to several of Alan Curtis's Handel recording but with this album, she really impressed me. She has such a different sound then most of the "baroque specialists" singing today. Her intensity is amazing and technically this is the best I have heard her sound. The pieces, all sacred music, are amazing. Don't be fooled though. The themes may be religious but the music is intense and exciting.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Miraculous Singing! 16 Aug. 2008
By Erin Matthiessen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is singing of the highest order by Simone Kermes, one of the very best sopranos specializing in the baroque repertoire. Her technique is nearly flawless: clean articulation, rhythmic acuity, excellent control of the breath and the musical line. The voice is a bit wiry - more Maria Callas, say, than Renata Tebaldi (just the first example that comes to mind; don't shoot me!) but therefore agile and precise.
The first, third and fourth cantata are appropriately furious, turbulent and tempestuous (see titles). It's exciting singing. But the second, "Nulla in mundo pax sincera", is something more: it's a miracle of emotional and vocal shading and subtlety, expressing both the inwardness of contemplation and then the joy that arises from it. I cannot praise it highly enough.
If you enjoy baroque vocal music, especially it's sacred aspect, you should buy this CD. Very moving, very enjoyable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
(+) Very good but not without reservations. 11 Jun. 2012
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
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This album comprises of four famous Vivaldi Motets for the soprano voice.
Top flight German baroque soprano Simone Kermes paired up with Macron in this performance, and surely, the performance is nothing short of being impeccable.
Kermes' singing is jaw-dropping in terms agility, articulation and intonation. The four motets chosen here (Vivaldi composed quite some more numbers for the soprano voices than these) are among the most technically demanding works of this genre. The motets all round up with a brief Alleluja, usually very florid and demanding, and hence picked by most performers for their showmanship.
That said, Kermes and Macron scored almost perfect marks for these piece in terms of technique and musicality. The pieces are sharp, short, witty and fully stylistically alert.
The only quibble that I have at listening is that the works are performed over the top in terms of virtuosic display, and at times (like the Allelujas), misfires took place with pitch problems.
True that the compositions lend much room for such display - but they are, fundamentally, sacred pieces. The second Motet, beginning with the famous aria Nulla in mundo pax sincera (RV 630), is at once comparable to Emma Kirkby's late 20th century rendition, and immediately one hears the vastly different approach between Kermes and Kirkby. The serenity, the ethereal beauty, the differing colour layers... all given way to virtuosic display by Kermes. The same would hold true for the other motets (cf. Naive's 'product' under the same genre).
While Kermes is usually terrific in Handel and probably JS Bach, her Vivaldi Motets would not be my first pick.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 5 Jun. 2011
By Katiushka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one disc that I keep revisiting again and again. I listen to it both at home and in the car. My favorite motet is "Nulla in mundo pax sincera", which calms and revitalizes me after a hard day's work. Ms. Kermes is a wonderful singer, and Vivaldi is a wonderful composer!
2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice tunes 12 May 2007
By mart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I like a lot of classical music. All types. This is nice, light and melodic. Good for background but with enough depth for more discerning listeners. The singing is fantastic (How does she hit those highs?) and the Alleluias are completely over the top, almost funny. Sound quality is excellent and doesn't

crackle at peak volumes on a good stereo.
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