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Händel - Sacred Cantatas
“I've seldom been as moved by a recording, both music and performance” BBC Music Magazine
“make one wish that all Handel music making could be of this order” MusicWeb International
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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby
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)
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'
Sappho to the Goddess of Love
Natus est Jesus
Que Philis a l’esprit léger
Premiere leçon de Tenebres pour le Mercredy Saint
Troisieme lecon de Tenebres pour le Mercredy Saint
Dost thou withdraw thy grace?
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
Ach Gott Herr
Orpheus with his lute
Salve Regina, HWV 241
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV239
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV231
Laudate pueri (Psalm 112), HWV236
Da l’onde del mio pianto
Full fathom five
Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres du Mercredy Saint
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
Paisible et ténébreuse nuit
Cantata pastorale 'Non sò qual più m'ingombra'
Cantata pastorale 'O di Betlemme altera'
Dolce tempo passato
Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV282
Stop, O ye waves
Diffugere nives (Horace, Odes IV, 7)
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.
“…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.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2009
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