Handel: Sacred Cantatas

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Handel: Sacred Cantatas
Emma Kirkby (soprano) / London Baroque. Medlam

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Release Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013

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Emma Kirkby had originally no intention of becoming a professional singer. She read Classics at Oxford and was a schoolteacher for a while, but after a period as a member of various choirs and small ensembles mainly specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music she joined The Taverner Choir, and two years later began her long-lasting association with The Consort of Musicke. Emma Kirkby participated in the early Florilegium recordings with The Consort of Musicke and The Academy of Ancient Music. Working here with original instruments she became aware of the need to develop a new kind of vocal tone, a problem that she had to solve herself with the help of Jessica Cash in London and various Early Music specialists, including instrumentalists and conductors as well as fellow-singers.

Emma Kirkby has more than a hundred recordings to her name. They range from the sequences of Hildegard of Bingen to Italian and English madrigals, Baroque cantatas and oratorios, and works by Mozart and Haydn. But her preferred platform is still the concert platform, especially in revivals of previous programmes with colleagues from The Consort of Musicke, London Baroque, and the leading period orchestras, where nothing ever turns out quite like the last time. Three of Emma Kirkby's most recent recordings include music by the eighteenth-century English composer Maurice Greene, by Vivaldi and Handel, and by lesser-known Italian bel canto composers of the seventeenth century.
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"I've seldom been as moved by a recording, both music and performance. Emma Kirkby retains all her familiar ethereal quality. With the London Baroque in top form, and the wonderful 'presence' in the recorded sound, this is truly outstanding."
***** Five Stars (Pick of the Month) BBC Music Magazine (August 2001)

Critic's Choice - The Best CDs of 2001 (BBC Music Magazine)

Rosette (highest rating) Penguin Stereo Guide


Salve Regina for soprano, two violins and basso continuo;
O qualis de cœlo sonus for soprano, two violins and basso continuo;
Trio Sonata in G minor;
Cœlestis dum spirat aura aura for soprano two violins and basso continuo;
Laudate pueri (Psalm 112) for soprano two violins and basso continuo.