I'm no expert in classical music and found my way to this album by a rather circuitous route. I hadn't heard a countertenor before listening to a snippet of Andreas Scholl singing Ombra Mai Fù on iTunes and finding his voice very intriguing. I did a little research on the countertenor voice, not sure whether I actually liked what I heard or not. Eventually I decided to try a CD and I picked "Heroes" as it has Ombra Mai Fù - yes, a very popular a possibly over-sung aria, but still one I love.
"Heroes" was probably just the right album for me to pick. There's a range of different music on here, some Italian, some in English, and with different singing styles. But throughout the whole album Andreas Scholl's voice is just stunning. It's a very warm, pure sound and you can hear the words that he's singing. It's not over-warbly, something I don't like in classical singers, but on the other hand he doesn't sing in a plain or bland manner. It's an album that, for me, improves as I listen to it more and more. And yes, I do very much like his voice; I've never been a fan of female altos, somehow they don't seem to quite have the power or feeling that I like to listen to, but Andreas Scholl seems able to produce that. Not only have I now ordered his "Arias for Senesino" album because I enjoyed this one so much but I'm planning to attend a concert where he is singing in Germany. And that, as a result of listening to just one CD, is high praise indeed!