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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby

4 CDs for the price of 2

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
  George Frideric Handel
  Gloria 16'05
01 Gloria in excelsis Deo 2'32
02 Et in terra pax… 2'29
03 Laudamus te… 1'10
04 Gratias agimus tibi… 0'54
05 Domine Deus… 1'29
06 Qui tollis… 4'23
07 Quoniam to solus sanctus… 1'05
08 Cum Sancto Spiritu… 2'03
  George Frideric Handel
  Salve Regina 10'28
09 Salve Regina 5'24
10 Eja ergo advocata nostra 3'37
11 O clemens, o pia 1'27
  George Frideric Handel
  O qualis de coelo sonus 11'31
12 Sonata 0'58
13 Recitativo: O qualis de coelo sonus 0'45
14 Ad plausus ad jubila 3'27
15 Recitativo: Eja ergo, mortalis 0'22
16 Gaude, tellus benigna 4'17
17 Alleluja 1'42
  George Frideric Handel
  Coelestis dum spirat aura 11'45
18 Sonata 1'35
19 Recitativo: Coelestis dum spirat aura 0'31
20 Felix dies, præclara, serena 4'19
21 Recitativo: Vestro, religiosi principes 0'34
22 Tam patrono singulari 3'05
23 Alleluja 1'41
  George Frideric Handel
  Laudate pueri (Psalm 112) 21'24
24 Laudate pueri Dominum 2'04
25 Sit nomen Domini benedictum 2'11
26 A solis ortu usque ad occasum 1'08
27 Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus 2'38
28 Quis sicut Dominus 3'19
29 Ut collocet eum cum principibus 1'40
30 Qui habitare facit 3'17
31 Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto 5'07
Disc 2
  Philipp Friedrich Böddecker
01 Natus est Jesus 4'54
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  from the cantata ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 61
02 'Öffne dich mein ganzes Herze' 3'20
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  from the cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’, BWV 147a
03 'Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn' 4'11
  Christoph Graupner
  Cantata ‘Ach Gott und Herr’ 17'48
04 Choral: Ach Gott und Herr 2'30
05 Recitativo: O Gott, o Gott, was hab ich doch getan? 2'33
06 Aria: Seufzt und weint, ihr matten Augen / Recitativo: Ich fühle Pein 8'14
07 Recitativo: Doch Seele, geh zurücke 1'01
08 Aria: Stelle dich zufrieden 3'30
  François Couperin
09 Première Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint 15'29
  François Couperin
10 Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres pour le Mercredy Saint 11'08
  Michel-Richard de Lalande
11 Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint 16'05
Disc 3
  Alessandro Scarlatti
  Non sò qual più m’ingombra 13'41
01 I. Recitativo: Non sò qual più m’ingombra… 2'18
02 II. Aria: Che sarà? chi’a me lo dice?… 4'14
03 III. Recitativo: È nato, al fin mi dice… 1'02
04 IV. Aria Pastorale: Nacque, col Gran Messia… 6'07
  Alessandro Scarlatti
  O di Betlemme, altera poverta venturosa 16'36
05 I. [Recitativo]: O di Betlemme, altera povertà venturosa… 2'20
06 II. [Aria]: Dal bel Segno d’una Stella… 2'00
07 III. [Recitativo]: Presa d’uomo la forma… 0'44
08 IV. [Aria]: L’autor d’ogni mio bene… 3'51
09 V. [Recitativo]: Fortunati Pastori!… 0'37
10 VI. [Pastorale]: Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori… 7'04
  Attilio Ariosti
  Pur alfin gentil viola 10'50
11 Aria: Pur alfin gentil viola… 5'22
12 [Recitativo]: Non fu saggio il consiglio… 1'04
13 Aria: Beltà che col rigor… 4'24
  Cataldo Amodei
14 Su l’ore che l’aurora 11'51
  Cataldo Amodei
15 Va’, ché l’hai fatto a me 8'39
  Cataldo Amodei
16 Lieve al piè, grave al passo 9'32
Disc 4
  John Dowland
01 O sweet woods 6'27
  John Dowland
02 I saw my lady weepe 5'36
  John Dowland
03 Daphne was not so chaste 2'09
  John Dowland
04 Farewell too faire 3'12
  John Dowland
05 Time’s eldest sonne 3'44
  John Dowland
06 Shall I strive with words to move? 3'02
  John Danyel
07 Dost thou withdraw thy grace? 1'33
  Robert Johnson
08 Full fathom five thy father lies 1'49
  Sigismondo d' India
09 Da l’onde del mio pianto 3'20
  Georg Schimmelpfennig
10 Dolce tempo passato 5'02
  Heinrich Schütz
11 Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten 3'04
  Etienne Moulinié
12 Paisible et ténébreuse nuit 2'52
  Jean-Baptiste Boësset
13 Que Philis a l’esprit léger 1'37
  Henry Lawes
14 Anacreon’s Ode, call’d The Lute (original Greek) 2'08
  Henry Lawes
15 Anacreon’s Ode, call’d The Lute 1'48
  Henry Lawes
16 At dead low ebb of night (‘A tale out of Anacreon’) 3'07
  John Blow
17 Sappho to the Goddess of Love 6'11
  John Wilson
18 Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7) 3'33
  Alfonso II Ferrabosco
19 So beautie on the waters stood 1'29
  Henry Lawes
20 Orpheus’ Hymn to God 2'24
  Maurice Greene
21 Orpheus with his lute 3'31
  John Weldon
22 Stop, O ye waves 2'24
  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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