Artistry of Emma Kirkby

Artistry of Emma Kirkby

by Emma Kirkby
     
 

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This budget reissue (four CDs for the price of two) from Sweden's BIS label collects tracks from soprano Emma Kirkby's recordings for the label, which began in the late '90s and continued through the 2000s decade; most of the music here dates from the early 2000s. Kirkby, who came on the scene in the 1970s, was one of the first singers to carve out a real niche in… See more details below

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This budget reissue (four CDs for the price of two) from Sweden's BIS label collects tracks from soprano Emma Kirkby's recordings for the label, which began in the late '90s and continued through the 2000s decade; most of the music here dates from the early 2000s. Kirkby, who came on the scene in the 1970s, was one of the first singers to carve out a real niche in early music, and whether her voice had begun to show signs of age by the time the later tracks here appeared is open to debate; where you would find general agreement is in the proposition that her voice has lasted longer than those of the great run of operatic sopranos. Further, Kirkby has continued to attack with gusto all the music that made her famous, and even to explore new fields. Although the exterior of this box set doesn't show the organization of the contents, the program is nicely arranged by genre and composer, with Handel on disc one, German and French arias on disc 2, Alessandro Scarlatti and other Italian composers on disc 3, and Dowland and other music of the English Renaissance on the final disc. The latter is perhaps the least successful of the set, but Kirkby's soaring soprano brings something distinctive to all this music, and the selection is a good one for those wishing to survey this part of her career. Sonically, BIS was a wonderful place for Kirkby to land; the label recorded her sympathetically in a variety of locations including an old church in northern Sweden.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318591734352
catalogNumber:
1734/5
Rank:
275864

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Tracks

  1. Orpheus with his lute  - Maurice Greene  - William Shakespeare  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  2. Stop, O ye waves  - John Weldon  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  3. Orpheus' Hymn: "O King of Heaven and Hell"  - Henry Lawes  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  4. So Beauty on the Waters Stood, for voice & lute  - Alfonso Ferrabosco (The Younger)  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  5. Diffugere nives  -  John Wilson  -  Horace  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  - Samuel Johnson
  6. Sappho to the Goddess of Love, for voice & lute  - John Blow  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  7. At dead low ebb of night  - Henry Lawes  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  8. Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute  - Henry Lawes  -  Anakreon  - Emma Kirkby  - Robert Suff
  9. Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (Greek text), for voice & lute  - Henry Lawes  -  Anakreon  - Emma Kirkby  - Robert Suff
  10. Que Philis a l'esprit léger  - Jean Baptiste Böesset  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  11. Paisible et ténébreuse nuit (récitative))  - Etienne Moulinié  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  12. Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, for soprano & continuo, SWV 282 (Op. 8/1)  - Heinrich Schütz  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  13. Dolce tempo passato, song  - Georg Schimmelpfennig  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  14. Da L'Onde del Mio Pianto for voice solo  - Sigismondo d'India  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  15. Full Fathom Five, for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  - William Shakespeare  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  16. Dost Thou Withdraw Thy Grace?  - John Danyel  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  17. Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff
  18. Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  19. Farewell, too fair, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  20. Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  21. I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  22. O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Emma Kirkby  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff
  23. Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine), for voice, harpsichord & theorbo  - Cataldo Amodei  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff
  24. Va', ché l' hai fatto a me, for voice & archlute  - Cataldo Amodei  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff
  25. Su l'ore che l'aurora, for voice, harpsichord & theorbo  - Cataldo Amodei  - Emma Kirkby  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff
  26. Pur al fin gentil Viola, cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & continuo  - Attilio Ariosti  - Thomas Georgi  - Thomas Georgi  - Emma Kirkby  - Robert Suff  - Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann  - Lucas Harris  - Lucas Harris  - Lucas Harris
  27. Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore")  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - William Carter  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Irmgard Schaller  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  28. Non sò qual più m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pastorale")  - Alessandro Scarlatti  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  29. IIIe Leçon du Mercredi Saint, S. 118 (Leçons de ténèbres)  - Michel-Richard Delalande  - Emma Kirkby  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston
  30. Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo  - François Couperin  - Emma Kirkby  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Agnès Mellon  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston
  31. Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo  - François Couperin  - Emma Kirkby  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Agnès Mellon  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston
  32. Ach Gott und Herr, cantata for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity  - Christoph Graupner  - John Abberger  - Emma Kirkby  - Christine Moran  - Robert Suff  - Christian Zacharias  -  Theatre of Early Music
  33. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  34. Cantata No. 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 61 (BC A1): Öffne dich mein ganzes herze  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  35. Natus est Jesus, for soprano & basso continuo  - Phillip Friedrich Böddecker  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  36. Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in F, HWV 236  - George Frideric Handel  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  37. Coelestis dum spirat aura, motet for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 231  - George Frideric Handel  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  38. O qualis de coelo sonus, motet for soprano, HWV 239  - George Frideric Handel  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  39. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241  - George Frideric Handel  - Richard Gwilt  - Emma Kirkby  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston
  40. Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)  - George Frideric Handel  - Laurence Cummings  - Laurence Cummings  - Emma Kirkby  - Charles Medlam  - Robert Suff  -  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra

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