The Artistry of Emma Kirkby

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318591734352
  • Catalog Number: 1734/5
  • Sales rank: 167,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001) - George Frideric Handel & Laurence Cummings (16:19)
  2. 9–11 Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241 - George Frideric Handel & Richard Gwilt (10:48)
  3. 12–17 O qualis de coelo sonus, motet for soprano, HWV 239 - George Frideric Handel & Richard Gwilt (11:45)
  4. 18–23 Coelestis dum spirat aura, motet for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 231 - George Frideric Handel & Richard Gwilt (12:00)
  5. 24–31 Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in F, HWV 236 - George Frideric Handel & Richard Gwilt (22:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Natus est Jesus, for soprano & basso continuo - Phillip Friedrich Böddecker & Richard Gwilt (5:02)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 61 (BC A1): Öffne dich mein ganzes herze - Johann Sebastian Bach & Richard Gwilt (3:27)
  3. 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 (4:17)
  4. 4–8 Ach Gott und Herr, cantata for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity - Christoph Graupner & John Abberger (18:02)
  5. 5 Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo - François Couperin & Emma Kirkby (15:40)
  6. 6 Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo - François Couperin & Emma Kirkby (11:20)
  7. 7 IIIe Leçon du Mercredi Saint, S. 118 (Leçons de ténèbres) - Michel-Richard Delalande & Emma Kirkby (16:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Non sò qual più m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pastorale") - Alessandro Scarlatti & Richard Gwilt (13:53)
  2. 5–10 Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore") - Alessandro Scarlatti & William Carter (16:47)
  3. 11–13 Pur al fin gentil Viola, cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & continuo - Attilio Ariosti & Thomas Georgi (11:02)
  4. 12 Su l'ore che l'aurora, for voice, harpsichord & theorbo - Cataldo Amodei & Emma Kirkby (11:58)
  5. 13 Va', ché l' hai fatto a me, for voice & archlute - Cataldo Amodei & Emma Kirkby (8:47)
  6. 14 Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine), for voice, harpsichord & theorbo - Cataldo Amodei & Emma Kirkby (10:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (6:31)
  2. 2 I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (5:40)
  3. 3 Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (2:12)
  4. 4 Farewell, too fair, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (3:20)
  5. 5 Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (3:48)
  6. 6 Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (3:06)
  7. 7 Dost Thou Withdraw Thy Grace? - John Danyel & Emma Kirkby (1:35)
  8. 8 Full Fathom Five, for voice & lute - Robert Johnson & William Shakespeare (1:54)
  9. 9 Da L'Onde del Mio Pianto for voice solo - Sigismondo d'India & Emma Kirkby (3:24)
  10. 10 Dolce tempo passato, song - Georg Schimmelpfennig & Emma Kirkby (5:05)
  11. 11 Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, for soprano & continuo, SWV 282 (Op. 8/1) - Heinrich Schütz & Emma Kirkby (3:07)
  12. 12 Paisible et ténébreuse nuit (récitative)) - Etienne Moulinié & Emma Kirkby (2:56)
  13. 13 Que Philis a l'esprit léger - Jean Baptiste Böesset & Emma Kirkby (1:41)
  14. 14 Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (Greek text), for voice & lute - Henry Lawes & Anakreon (2:12)
  15. 15 Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute - Henry Lawes & Anakreon (1:48)
  16. 16 At dead low ebb of night - Henry Lawes & Emma Kirkby (3:11)
  17. 17 Sappho to the Goddess of Love, for voice & lute - John Blow & Emma Kirkby (6:15)
  18. 18 Diffugere nives - John Wilson & Horace (3:37)
  19. 19 So Beauty on the Waters Stood, for voice & lute - Alfonso Ferrabosco (The Younger) & Emma Kirkby (1:34)
  20. 20 Orpheus' Hymn: "O King of Heaven and Hell" - Henry Lawes & Emma Kirkby (2:27)
  21. 21 Orpheus with his lute - Maurice Greene & William Shakespeare (3:36)
  22. 22 Stop, O ye waves - John Weldon & Emma Kirkby (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emma Kirkby Primary Artist
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