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Emma Kirkby

Emma Kirkby’s singing career came as a surprise. As a student of Classics at university she sang a great deal for pleasure – and still does. She works mostly with historical instruments, and has enjoyed long partnerships with British groups: The Academy of Ancient Music, the Consort of Musicke, London Baroque, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, and many other ensembles worldwide. In recent years her recordings came to the attention of Classic FM listeners who voted her artist of the year in 1999; and in 2000 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire. 2007 brought further surprises: in April a BBC Music Magazine poll of critics to find the ‘100 greatest sopranos’ put her at No.10; in July she was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV, and in November she became a Dame. Shocked but delighted by all this, she is glad of the recognition it implies for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness above the more usual factors of volume and display, and above all she is grateful for the chance to carry on sharing this marvellous repertoire with like-minded and talented colleagues.

A Pleasing Melancholy
Dowland's Lachrimae and songs
Montéclair - Cantates à voix seule
BIS-1865 CD
Dowland and Purcell - Orpheus in England
BIS-1725 CD
“Superb." International Record Review
The Queen's Music - duets from Christina's court
BIS-1715 CD
Empfehlung des Monats, Fono Forum
Händel - Neun Deutsche Arien
BIS-1615 CD
Stabat Mater - Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Bach
“Editor's Choice" Gramophone
The Artistry of Emma Kirkby
BIS-1734 CD
4 CDs for the price of 2
Attilio Ariosti - The Stockholm Sonatas III
BIS-1675 CD
Handel in Italy - solo cantatas
Leçons de Ténèbres by Couperin and Lalande
BIS-1575 CD
Musique and Sweet Poetrie
Honey from the Hive: Songs by John Dowland for his Elizabethan Patrons
Cataldo Amodei - solo cantatas
BIS-1415 CD
Recomendado, CD Compact; "The Want List", Fanfare
Classical Kirkby
BIS-1435 CD
Recomendado, CD Compact; "Goldberg 5 Stars", Goldberg Web
Amy Beach - Chanson d´amour
BIS-1245 CD
Händel - Gloria
BIS-1235 CD
“Editor's Choice”, Gramophone; Penguin Guide 3 stars
Händel - Sacred Cantatas
BIS-1065 CD
Christmas Music by Bach, Scarlatti and Pachelbel
BIS-1135 CD
"Kirkby revels in her vocal powers." International Record Review...
Music from the time of Christian IV - Madrigals from the South to the North
BIS-392 CD
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