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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)
>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
>Handel, George Frideric : O qualis de coelo sonus, motet for soprano, HWV 239
>Handel, George Frideric : Coelestis dum spirat aura, motet for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 231
>Handel, George Frideric : Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in F, HWV 236
>Böddeck, Phillip Friedrich : Natus est Jesus, for soprano & basso continuo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" BWV 61
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a
>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Ach Gott und Herr
>Couperin, François : Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo
>Couperin, François : Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo
>Lalande, Michel-Richard d : IIIe Leçon du Mercredi Saint, S. 118 (Leçons de ténèbres)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Non sò qual più m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pastorale")
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
>Ariosti, Attilio : Pur al fin gentil Viola, cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & continuo
>Amodei, Cataldo : Su l'ore che l'aurora, for voice, harpsichord & theorbo
>Amodei, Cataldo : Va', ché l' hai fatto a me, for voice & archlute
>Amodei, Cataldo : Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine), for voice, harpsichord & the
>Dowland, John [Composer] : O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Farewell, too fair, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
>Danyel, John : Dost Thou Withdraw Thy Grace?
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
>d'India, Sigismondo : Da L'Onde del Mio Pianto for voice solo
>Schimmelpfennig, Georg : Dolce tempo passato, song
>Schütz, Heinrich : Eile, mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV 282 (Op. 8)
>Moulinié, Etienne : Paisible et ténébreuse nuit (récitative))
>Böesset, Jean Baptiste : Que Philis a l'esprit léger
>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (Greek text), for voice & lute
>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute
>Lawes, Henry : At dead low ebb of night
>Blow, John : Sappho to the Goddess of Love, for voice & lute
>Wilson, John : Diffugere nives
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : So Beauty on the Waters Stood, for voice & lute
>Lawes, Henry : Orpheus' Hymn
>Green, Maurice : Orpheus with his lute
>Weldon, John : Stop, O ye waves
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
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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>Handel, George Frideric : Gloria, for soprano & orchestra (discovered in 2001)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Laurence Cummings [Conductor/Harpsichord] (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Laurence Cummings
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Salve Regina, antiphon for soprano, strings, organ & continuo in G minor, HWV 241
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : O qualis de coelo sonus, motet for soprano, HWV 239
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Coelestis dum spirat aura, motet for soprano, 2 violins & continuo, HWV 231
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Laudate Pueri Dominum, psalm, for soprano, 2 violins & continuo in F, HWV 236
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1706

>Böddeck, Phillip Friedrich : Natus est Jesus, for soprano & basso continuo
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" BWV 61 :: Öffne dich mein ganzes herze
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 12/02/1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147a :: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Graupner, Christoph (II) : Ach Gott und Herr
  • Performers: John Abberger (Oboe); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Christine Moran (Viola); Christian Zacharias (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Early Music
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1711

>Couperin, François : Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Terence Charlston (Organ); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712

>Couperin, François : Leçon de Ténèbres 3, for 2 treble voices & continuo
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Terence Charlston (Organ); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712

>Lalande, Michel-Richard d : IIIe Leçon du Mercredi Saint, S. 118 (Leçons de ténèbres)
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Terence Charlston (Organ); Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1712

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Non sò qual più m'ingombra, chamber cantata for soprano, 2 violins & continuo ("Cantata Pastorale")
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 12/1716

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la nati
  • Performers: William Carter (Lute); Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Richard Gwilt (Violin); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Irmgard Schaller (Viola); Ingrid Seifert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Charles Medlam
  • Running Time: 16 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ariosti, Attilio : Pur al fin gentil Viola, cantata for solo voice, viola d'amore & continuo
  • Performers: Thomas Georgi (Viola d'amore); Thomas Georgi (Violin); Lucas Harris (Archlute); Lucas Harris (Lute); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Amodei, Cataldo : Su l'ore che l'aurora, for voice, harpsichord & theorbo
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute); Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo); Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Amodei, Cataldo : Va', ché l' hai fatto a me, for voice & archlute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Archlute); Jakob Lindberg (Lute); Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo); Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Amodei, Cataldo : Lieve al piè, grave al passo (Cantata sacra per la Beatissima Vergine), for voice, harpsichord & the
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute); Jakob Lindberg (Theorbo); Lars Mortensen (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Dowland, John [Composer] : O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Farewell, too fair, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1603

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Danyel, John : Dost Thou Withdraw Thy Grace?
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611

>d'India, Sigismondo : Da L'Onde del Mio Pianto for voice solo
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Schimmelpfennig, Georg : Dolce tempo passato, song
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1615

>Schütz, Heinrich : Eile, mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV 282 (Op. 8)
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Moulinié, Etienne : Paisible et ténébreuse nuit (récitative))
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Böesset, Jean Baptiste : Que Philis a l'esprit léger
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (Greek text), for voice & lute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : At dead low ebb of night
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Sappho to the Goddess of Love, for voice & lute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Wilson, John : Diffugere nives
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : So Beauty on the Waters Stood, for voice & lute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1607

>Lawes, Henry : Orpheus' Hymn :: "O King of Heaven and Hell"
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Green, Maurice : Orpheus with his lute
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Weldon, John : Stop, O ye waves
  • Performers: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Rooley (Lute); Anthony Rooley (Theorbo-Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque