Artistry of Emma Kirkby

The 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:
239772

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Laurence Cummings
    • Laurence Cummings
    • Charles Medlam
    • Robert Suff
    • Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra
    1. Gloria in excelsis Deo  (02:34)
    2. Et in terra pax  (02:30)
    3. Laudamus te  (01:10)
    4. Gratias agimus tibi  (00:54)
    5. Domine Deus  (01:29)
    6. Qui tollis  (04:23)
    7. Quoniam to solus sanctus  (01:05)
    8. Cum Sancto Spiritu  (02:14)
  2. Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Salve Regina  (05:28)
    2. Eja ergo advocata nostra  (03:40)
    3. O clemens, o pia  (01:40)
  3. O qualis de coelo sonus, motet for soprano, HWV 239

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Sonata  (00:58)
    2. Recitativo: O qualis de cœlo sonus  (00:45)
    3. Ad plausus ad jubila  (03:28)
    4. Recitativo: Eja ergo, mortalis  (00:23)
    5. Gaude, tellus benigna  (04:17)
    6. Alleluja  (01:54)
  4. Coelestis dum spirat aura, motet for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 231

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Sonata  (01:36)
    2. Recitativo: Cœlestis dum spirat aura  (00:31)
    3. Felix dies, præclara, serena  (04:20)
    4. Recitativo: Vestro, religiosi principes  (00:34)
    5. Tam patrono singulari  (03:05)
    6. Alleluja  (01:54)
  5. Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in F, HWV 236

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Laudate pueri Dominum  (02:06)
    2. Sit nomen Domini benedictum  (02:11)
    3. A solis ortu usque ad occasum  (01:09)
    4. Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus  (02:40)
    5. Quis sicut Dominus  (03:21)
    6. Ut collocet eum cum principibus  (01:41)
    7. Qui habitare facit  (03:20)
    8. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto  (05:41)

Disc 2

  1. Natus est Jesus, for soprano & basso continuo  - Phillip Friedrich Böddecker  - Richard Gwilt  -  London Baroque  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Ingrid Seifert  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  (05:02)
  2. Cantata No. 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 61 (BC A1): Öffne dich mein ganzes herze

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Öffne dich mein ganzes herze  (03:27)
  3. 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
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn  (04:17)
  4. Ach Gott und Herr, cantata for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity

    • Christoph Graupner
    • John Abberger
    • Christine Moran
    • Robert Suff
    • Christian Zacharias
    • Theatre of Early Music
    1. Choral: Ach Gott und Herr  (02:31)
    2. Recitativo: O Gott, o Gott, was hab ich doch getan?  (02:33)
    3. Aria: Seufzt und weint, ihr matten Augen / Recitativo: Ich fühle Pein  (08:15)
    4. Recitativo: Doch Seele, geh zurücke  (01:01)
    5. Aria: Stelle dich zufrieden  (03:42)
  5. Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo  - François Couperin  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Agnès Mellon  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston  (15:40)
  6. Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo  - François Couperin  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Agnès Mellon  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston  (11:20)
  7. IIIe Leçon du Mercredi Saint, S. 118 (Leçons de ténèbres)  - Michel-Richard Delalande  - Charles Medlam  - Charles Medlam  - Robert Suff  - Terence Charlston  - Terence Charlston  (16:37)

Disc 3

  1. Non sò qual più m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pastorale")

    • Alessandro Scarlatti
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. 1. Recitativo: Non sò qual più m'ingombra  (02:20)
    2. 2. Aria: Che sarà? chi'a me lo dice?  (04:15)
    3. 3. Recitativo: È nato, al fin mi dice  (01:03)
    4. 4. Aria Pastorale: Nacque, col Gran Messia  (06:15)
  2. Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore")

    • Alessandro Scarlatti
    • William Carter
    • Richard Gwilt
    • London Baroque
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Charles Medlam
    • Irmgard Schaller
    • Ingrid Seifert
    • Robert Suff
    • Terence Charlston
    1. 1. (Recitativo): O di Betlemme, altera povertà venturosa  (02:20)
    2. 2. (Aria): Dal bel Segno d'una Stella  (02:00)
    3. 3. (Recitativo): Presa d'uomo la forma  (00:43)
    4. 4. (Aria): L'autor d'ogni mio bene  (03:52)
    5. 5. (Recitativo): Fortunati Pastori!  (00:37)
    6. 6. (Pastorale): Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori  (07:15)
  3. Pur al fin gentil Viola, cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & continuo

    • Attilio Ariosti
    • Thomas Georgi
    • Thomas Georgi
    • Robert Suff
    • Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann
    • Lucas Harris
    • Lucas Harris
    • Lucas Harris
    1. Aria: Pur alfin gentil viola  (05:23)
    2. (Recitativo): Non fu saggio il consiglio  (01:03)
    3. Aria: Beltà che col rigor  (04:36)
  4. Su l'ore che l'aurora, for voice, harpsichord & theorbo  - Cataldo Amodei  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff  (11:58)
  5. Va', ché l' hai fatto a me, for voice & archlute  - Cataldo Amodei  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff  (08:47)
  6. Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine), for voice, harpsichord & theorbo  - Cataldo Amodei  - Jakob Lindberg  - Jakob Lindberg  - Lars Ulrik Mortensen  - Robert Suff  (10:01)

Disc 4

  1. O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (06:31)
  2. I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)  - John Dowland  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (05:40)
  3. Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (02:12)
  4. Farewell, too fair, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (03:20)
  5. Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (03:48)
  6. Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)  - John Dowland  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (03:06)
  7. Dost Thou Withdraw Thy Grace?  - John Danyel  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (01:35)
  8. Full Fathom Five, for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  - William Shakespeare  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (01:54)
  9. Da L'Onde del Mio Pianto for voice solo  - Sigismondo d'India  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (03:24)
  10. Dolce tempo passato, song  - Georg Schimmelpfennig  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (05:05)
  11. Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, for soprano & continuo, SWV 282 (Op. 8/1)  - Heinrich Schütz  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (03:07)
  12. Paisible et ténébreuse nuit (récitative))  - Etienne Moulinié  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (02:56)
  13. Que Philis a l'esprit léger  - Jean Baptiste Böesset  - Jakob Lindberg  - Robert Suff  (01:41)
  14. Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (Greek text), for voice & lute  - Henry Lawes  -  Anakreon  - Robert Suff  (02:12)
  15. Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute  - Henry Lawes  -  Anakreon  - Robert Suff  (01:48)
  16. At dead low ebb of night  - Henry Lawes  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (03:11)
  17. Sappho to the Goddess of Love, for voice & lute  - John Blow  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (06:15)
  18. Diffugere nives  -  John Wilson  -  Horace  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  - Samuel Johnson  (03:37)
  19. So Beauty on the Waters Stood, for voice & lute  - Alfonso Ferrabosco (The Younger)  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (01:34)
  20. Orpheus' Hymn: "O King of Heaven and Hell"  - Henry Lawes  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (02:27)
  21. Orpheus with his lute  - Maurice Greene  - William Shakespeare  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (03:36)
  22. Stop, O ye waves  - John Weldon  - Anthony Rooley  - Robert Suff  (02:55)

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