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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby


With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date. It includes highly acclaimed performances of some of Emma Kirkby’s signature repertoire – such as Handel solo cantatas (with London Baroque) and Dowland songs (with Anthony Rooley and Jakob Lindberg) – as well as pieces by less familiar composers, such as Attilio Ariosti and Cataldo Amodei, Michel de Lalande and Georg Schimmelpfennig. Ranging from sacred works, such as the joyous Christmas cantata of Alessandro Scarlatti and Couperin’s lamenting Leçon de Ténèbres, to decidedly worldly pieces (for instance the brief Que Philis a l’esprit léger by Jean-Baptiste Boësset, a homage to the beautiful but fickle Phyllis), this collection provides an opportunity to sample the artistry of an exceptional singer in all its variety. The ample booklet includes a personal appreciation of the performer by music critic Brian Robins, as well as the texts – in the original languages with English translations where applicable – of all the works included.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Handel, George Frideric
  Gloria 16:05
01 Gloria in excelsis Deo 02:32 $ 0.30 USD
02 Et in terra pax… 02:29 $ 0.30 USD
03 Laudamus te… 01:10 $ 0.14 USD
04 Gratias agimus tibi… 00:54 $ 0.11 USD
05 Domine Deus… 01:29 $ 0.18 USD
06 Qui tollis… 04:23 $ 0.53 USD
07 Quoniam to solus sanctus… 01:05 $ 0.13 USD
08 Cum Sancto Spiritu… 02:03 $ 0.25 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel, George Frideric
  Salve Regina 10:28
09 Salve Regina 05:24 $ 0.65 USD
10 Eja ergo advocata nostra 03:37 $ 0.43 USD
11 O clemens, o pia 01:27 $ 0.17 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel, George Frideric
  O qualis de coelo sonus 11:31
12 Sonata 00:58 $ 0.12 USD
13 Recitativo: O qualis de coelo sonus 00:45 $ 0.09 USD
14 Ad plausus ad jubila 03:27 $ 0.41 USD
15 Recitativo: Eja ergo, mortalis 00:22 $ 0.04 USD
16 Gaude, tellus benigna 04:17 $ 0.51 USD
17 Alleluja 01:42 $ 0.20 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel, George Frideric
  Coelestis dum spirat aura 11:45
18 Sonata 01:35 $ 0.19 USD
19 Recitativo: Coelestis dum spirat aura 00:31 $ 0.06 USD
20 Felix dies, præclara, serena 04:19 $ 0.52 USD
21 Recitativo: Vestro, religiosi principes 00:34 $ 0.07 USD
22 Tam patrono singulari 03:05 $ 0.37 USD
23 Alleluja 01:41 $ 0.20 USD
 
 
  Composer: Handel, George Frideric
  Laudate pueri (Psalm 112) 21:24
24 Laudate pueri Dominum 02:04 $ 0.25 USD
25 Sit nomen Domini benedictum 02:11 $ 0.26 USD
26 A solis ortu usque ad occasum 01:08 $ 0.14 USD
27 Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus 02:38 $ 0.32 USD
28 Quis sicut Dominus 03:19 $ 0.40 USD
29 Ut collocet eum cum principibus 01:40 $ 0.20 USD
30 Qui habitare facit 03:17 $ 0.39 USD
31 Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto 05:07 $ 0.61 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Böddecker, Philipp Friedrich
01 Natus est Jesus 04:54 $ 0.59 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  from the cantata ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 61
02 'Öffne dich mein ganzes Herze' 03:20 $ 0.40 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  from the cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’, BWV 147a
03 'Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn' 04:11 $ 0.50 USD
 
 
  Composer: Graupner, Christoph
  Cantata ‘Ach Gott und Herr’ 17:48
04 Choral: Ach Gott und Herr 02:30 $ 0.30 USD
05 Recitativo: O Gott, o Gott, was hab ich doch getan? 02:33 $ 0.31 USD
06 Aria: Seufzt und weint, ihr matten Augen / Recitativo: Ich
fühle Pein
08:14 $ 0.99 USD
07 Recitativo: Doch Seele, geh zurücke 01:01 $ 0.12 USD
08 Aria: Stelle dich zufrieden 03:30 $ 0.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Couperin, François
09 Première Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint 15:29 $ 1.86 USD
 
 
  Composer: Couperin, François
10 Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint 11:08 $ 1.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lalande, Michel-Richard de
11 Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint 16:05 $ 1.93 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Scarlatti, Alessandro
  Non sò qual più m’ingombra 13:41
01 I. Recitativo: Non sò qual più m’ingombra… 02:18 $ 0.28 USD
02 II. Aria: Che sarà? chi’a me lo dice?… 04:14 $ 0.51 USD
03 III. Recitativo: È nato, al fin mi dice… 01:02 $ 0.12 USD
04 IV. Aria Pastorale: Nacque, col Gran Messia… 06:07 $ 0.73 USD
 
 
  Composer: Scarlatti, Alessandro
  O di Betlemme, altera poverta venturosa 16:36
05 I. [Recitativo]: O di Betlemme, altera povertà venturosa… 02:20 $ 0.28 USD
06 II. [Aria]: Dal bel Segno d’una Stella… 02:00 $ 0.24 USD
07 III. [Recitativo]: Presa d’uomo la forma… 00:44 $ 0.09 USD
08 IV. [Aria]: L’autor d’ogni mio bene… 03:51 $ 0.46 USD
09 V. [Recitativo]: Fortunati Pastori!… 00:37 $ 0.07 USD
10 VI. [Pastorale]: Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori… 07:04 $ 0.85 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ariosti, Attilio
  Pur alfin gentil viola 10:50
11 Aria: Pur alfin gentil viola… 05:22 $ 0.64 USD
12 [Recitativo]: Non fu saggio il consiglio… 01:04 $ 0.13 USD
13 Aria: Beltà che col rigor… 04:24 $ 0.53 USD
 
 
  Composer: Amodei, Cataldo
14 Su l’ore che l’aurora 11:51 $ 1.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Amodei, Cataldo
15 Va’, ché l’hai fatto a me 08:39 $ 1.04 USD
 
 
  Composer: Amodei, Cataldo
16 Lieve al piè, grave al passo 09:32 $ 1.14 USD
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
01 O sweet woods 06:27 $ 0.77 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
02 I saw my lady weepe 05:36 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
03 Daphne was not so chaste 02:09 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
04 Farewell too faire 03:12 $ 0.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
05 Time’s eldest sonne 03:44 $ 0.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
06 Shall I strive with words to move? 03:02 $ 0.36 USD
 
 
  Composer: Danyel, John
07 Dost thou withdraw thy grace? 01:33 $ 0.19 USD
 
 
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
08 Full fathom five thy father lies 01:49 $ 0.22 USD
 
 
  Composer: India, Sigismondo d'
09 Da l’onde del mio pianto 03:20 $ 0.40 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schimmelpfennig, Georg
10 Dolce tempo passato 05:02 $ 0.60 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schütz, Heinrich
11 Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten 03:04 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Moulinié, Etienne
12 Paisible et ténébreuse nuit 02:52 $ 0.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Boësset, Jean-Baptiste
13 Que Philis a l’esprit léger 01:37 $ 0.19 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lawes, Henry
14 Anacreon’s Ode, call’d The Lute (original Greek) 02:08 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lawes, Henry
15 Anacreon’s Ode, call’d The Lute 01:48 $ 0.22 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lawes, Henry
16 At dead low ebb of night (‘A tale out of Anacreon’) 03:07 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Blow, John
17 Sappho to the Goddess of Love 06:11 $ 0.74 USD
 
 
  Composer: Wilson, John
18 Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7) 03:33 $ 0.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ferrabosco, Alfonso II
19 So beautie on the waters stood 01:29 $ 0.18 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lawes, Henry
20 Orpheus’ Hymn to God 02:24 $ 0.29 USD
 
 
  Composer: Greene, Maurice
21 Orpheus with his lute 03:31 $ 0.42 USD
 
 
  Composer: Weldon, John
22 Stop, O ye waves 02:24 $ 0.29 USD
 
  Album total 292:32
ComposerAmodei, Cataldo
Ariosti, Attilio
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Blow, John
Boësset, Jean-Baptiste
Böddecker, Philipp Friedrich
Couperin, François
Danyel, John
Dowland, John
Ferrabosco, Alfonso II
Graupner, Christoph
Greene, Maurice
Handel, George Frideric
India, Sigismondo d'
Johnson, Robert
Lalande, Michel-Richard de
Lawes, Henry
Moulinié, Etienne
Scarlatti, Alessandro
Schimmelpfennig, Georg
Schütz, Heinrich
Weldon, John
Wilson, John
SopranoKirkby, Emma
Mellon, Agnès
OrchestraRoyal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra
ConductorCummings, Laurence
EnsembleLondon Baroque
Theatre of Early Music
Bass violMedlam, Charles
OrganCharlston, Terence
Viola d’amoreGeorgi, Thomas
ArchluteHarris, Lucas
CelloYamahiro Brinkmann, Mime
TheorboLindberg, Jakob
Rooley, Anthony
HarpsichordMortensen, Lars Ulrik
LuteLindberg, Jakob
Rooley, Anthony

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