When Andreas Scholl expresses his desperation about the loss of Euridice I feel my neckhair raising. Even when he whispers his sound remains clear without cheap vibrations. When this track from Orfeo (by Chr.W. Gluck)was the only one on this cd, it was worth buying this cd. But the rest on it is also heavenly.
I only discovered Andreas Scholl about six months ago, and was immediately attracted by the deapth and clarity of his voice. I have listened since then to several other counter tenors but none of them are in the same league; he is the true master of his art. Heroes is a superb mix of music that I just don't tire of listening to, even after playing it many times. There are still occassions when the emotion in Scholl's voice makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I hope it gives you as much pleasure as it has given me
As a mezzo who loves singing the Mozart and Gluck trouser repertoire I am naturally suspicious of counter tenors, but after many playings of this wonderful recital of arias, every one of which I covert for myself, I finally admit to loving this wonderful counter tenor in the shape of Andreas Scholl. I discovered this disc after hearing Venga Pur, Minacci e Frema played on Classic FM. Determined to include this aria in a recital as soon as possible I quickly tracked down the recording, as well as a very expensive Barenreiter score of Mitridate - worth every penny! However, many more treats were in store. Every aria on this CD is sung with elegance, refinement, brilliance, and the most staggeringly impressive technique. My only slight reservation is Che Faro - but again, this may well be pure prejudice since I have sung that wonderful role and consider it my own (and maybe Janet Baker's!). Whatever your position on the counter tenor voice, you must hear this recording, and if you love Mozart, Handel and Gluck, it is required listening.
first album I purchased of andreas scholl after hearing album at friends house , this is among his best ,his voice is quality and sings bach,handel , gluch amazing , I love his vivaldi cds , I now have all his albums and saw him live at proms were he was excellent . if u have never listened to countertenor before this album will be a great start .
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!
Andreas Scholl has the most amazing voice. These are performances of unimaginable perfection! If you are unsure whether you like the counter-tenor voice, these arias will make up your mind (in favour)!
A superb cd with a genius singing. I didn't know Scholl before but am a convert! I also have cds The Voice and Arias for Senesino - if you like this one you will also love those. Many truly amazing moments, some heart-wrenching