The Artistry of Emma Kirkby

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby

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Gramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - July 2009

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BIS

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BISCD1734/35
(BIS-CD-1734/35)

Discs:

4

Release date:

2nd March 2009

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7318591734352

Length:

4 hours 52 minutes

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby


Amodei:

Su l'ore che l'aurora

Va', ché l'hai fatto a me

Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine)

Ariosti:

Cantata 'Pur al fin gentil Viola'

Bach, J S:

Öffne dich mein ganzes Herze, from the cantata ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', BWV61

Cantata BWV132 'Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn'

Blow:

Sappho to the Goddess of Love

Böddecker:

Natus est Jesus

Boesset, J B:

Que Philis a l’esprit léger

Couperin, F:

Premiere leçon de Tenebres pour le Mercredy Saint

Troisieme lecon de Tenebres pour le Mercredy Saint

Danyel:

Dost thou withdraw thy grace?

Dowland:

O sweet woods

I saw my Lady weepe

Daphne was not so chaste

Farewell too faire

Time's eldest sonne

Shall I strive with wordes to move?

Ferrabosco, A II:

So beautie on the waters stood

Graupner:

Ach Gott Herr

Greene, M:

Orpheus with his lute

Handel:

Gloria

Salve Regina, HWV 241

O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV239

Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV231

Laudate pueri (Psalm 112), HWV236

India:

Da l’onde del mio pianto

Johnson, R:

Full fathom five

Lalande:

Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint

Lawes, H:

Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (original Greek)

Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute ('English'd, to be sung by a Basse alone')

At dead low ebb of night ('A tale out of Anacreon')

Orpheus' Hymn to God

Moulinié:

Paisible et ténébreuse nuit

Scarlatti, A:

Cantata pastorale 'Non sò qual più m'ingombra'

Cantata pastorale 'O di Betlemme altera'

Schimmelpfennig:

Dolce tempo passato

Schütz:

Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV282

Weldon:

Stop, O ye waves

Wilson, John:

Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7)


Emma Kirkby (soprano) with Jakob Lindberg (lute), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Anthony Rooley (lute), Agnès Mellon (soprano), John Abberger (oboe), Thomas Georgi (viola d’amore), Lucas Harris (lute) & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (cello)

London Baroque, Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra & Theatre of Early Music

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Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences with her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. 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 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine in 2007.

Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS and includes highly acclaimed performances of works from her 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 Ariosti and Amodei, de Lalande and Schimmelpfennig. This collection provides an opportunity to sample the work of an exceptional singer in all its variety.

The accompanying 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 featured.

George Frideric Handel: Gloria

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Et in terra pax

Laudamus te

Gratias agimus tibi

Domine Deus

Qui tollis

Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Cum Sancto Spiritu

George Frideric Handel: Salve Regina, HWV 241

Salve Regina (Largo - Adagio)

Eja ergo advocata nostra (Allegro)

O clemens, o pia (Adagissimo)

George Frideric Handel: O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239

Sonata

Recitativo: O qualis de caelo sonus

Ad plausus ad jubila

Recitativo: Eja ergo, mortalis

Gaude, tellus benigna

Alleluja

George Frideric Handel: Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231

Sonata

Recitativo: Caelestis dum spirat aura

Felix dies, praeclara, serena

Recitativo: Vestro, religiosi principes

Tam patrono singulari

Alleluja

George Frideric Handel: Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112"

Laudate pueri Dominum

Sit nomen Domini benedictum

A solis ortu usque ad occasum

Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus

Quis sicut Dominus

Ut collocet eum cum principibus

Qui habitare facit

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto

Philipp Friedrich Boddecker: Natus est Jesus

Natus est Jesus

Johann Sebastian Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Offne dich mein ganzes Herze

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Offne dich mein ganzes Herze

Johann Sebastian Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn

Christoph Graupner: Cantata, Ach Gott und Herr

Choral: Ach Gott und Herr

Recitativo Accompagnato: Oh Gott, was hab ich doch getan?

Aria: Suefzt und weint

Recitativo Secco: Doch Seele, geh zuruck

Aria: Stelle dich zufrieden

Francois Couperin: 3 Lecons de tenebres

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres pour le Mercredi Saint

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres pour le Mercredi Saint

Michel-Richard de Lalande: Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres du Mercredi Saint, s118

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres du Mercredi Saint, s118

Alessandro Scarlatti: Non so qual piu m'ingombra

I. Recitative: Non so qual piu m'ingombra…

II. Aria: Che sara? Chi'a me lo dice?…

III. Recitative: E nato, al fin mi dice…

IV. Pastoral Aria: Nacque, col Gran Messia…

Alessandro Scarlatti: O di Betlemme, altera poverta ventu

I. Recitative: O di Betlemme, altera poverta venturosa...

II. Aria: Dal bel Segno d'una Stella…

III. Recitative: Presa d'uomo la forma…

IV. Aria: L'autor d'ogni mio bene…

V. Recitative: Fortunati Pastori!…

VI. Pastorale: Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori...

Attilio Ariosti: Pur al fin gentil Viola (So at last, gentle Viola)

Aria: Pur alfin gentil viola

Recitative: Non fu saggio il consiglio …

Aria: Belta che col rigor …

Cataldo Amodei: Su l'ore che l'aurora

Su l'ore che l'aurora

Cataldo Amodei: Va', che l'hai fatto a me

Va', che l'hai fatto a me

Cataldo Amodei: Lieve al pie, grave al passo

Lieve al pie, grave al passo

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness

O sweet woods

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: I saw my lady weep

I saw my lady weepe

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 3: Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing

Daphne was not so chaste

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 3: Farewell, too fair

Farewell too faire

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: Time's eldest son

Time's eldest sonne

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 4, "A Pilgrimes Solace": Shall I strive with words to move

Shall I strive with words to move

John Danyel: Dost thou withdraw thy grace?

Dost thou withdraw thy grace?

Robert Johnson: Full fathom five

Full fathom five thy father lies

Sigismondo D'India: Da l'onde del mio pianto

Da l'onde del mio pianto

Georg Schimmelpfennig: Dolce tempo passato

Dolce tempo passato

Heinrich Schutz: Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, SWV 447

Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten

Etienne Moulinie: Paisible et tenebreuse nuit

Paisible et tenebreuse nuit

Jean-Baptiste Boesset: Que Philis a l'esprit leger

Que Philis a l'esprit leger

Henry Lawes: Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (original Greek)

Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (original Greek)

Henry Lawes: Away, away, Anacreon (Anacreon's Ode Englished)

Away, away, Anacreon ('Anacreon's Ode Englished')

Henry Lawes: At dead low ebb of night (A tale out of Anacreon)

At dead low ebb of night ('A tale out of Anacreon')

John Blow: O Venus, daughter of the mighty Jove (Sappho to the Goddess of Love)

Sappho to the Goddess of Love

John Wilson: Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7)

Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7)

Alfonso Ferrabosco II: So beautie on the waters stood

So beautie on the waters stood

Henry Lawes: Orpheus' Hymn to God

Orpheus' Hymn to God

Maurice Greene: Orpheus with his Lute

Orpheus with his lute

John Weldon: Stop, O ye waves

Stop, O ye waves

Gramophone Magazine

July 2009

“…it's often in the modest-looking pieces that she's at her most compelling. Robert Johnson's Full Fathom Five is 109 seconds of breathtaking stillness and beauty, Böddecker's Natus est Jesu a masterclass in how quietly to find variety and meaning in a piece that might have seemed to have little to offer. Artistry indeed, and praise to BIS for recognising how to honour it.”

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