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The Emma Kirkby Collection [Import]

Claudio Monteverdi , George Frideric Handel , Johann Sebastian Bach , Sigismondo D'India , John Dowland , Guillaume de Machaut , Hildegard of Bingen , Thomas Campion , Henry Lawes , Henry Purcell Audio CD
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  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sigismondo D'India, John Dowland, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 12, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000002ZJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Confiterbor tibi, Domine (Psalm 110)
2. Now Hath Flora Robbed Her Bowers
3. Stript Of Their Green Our groves Appear
4. Voglio di vita uscir
5. Piangono al pianger mio
6. Flow Not So Fast, Ye Fountains
7. Foy Porter
8. Columba aspexit
9. Sheep May Safely Graze
10. Time Stands Still
11. Diana
12. Quel squardo sdegnosetto
13. Maledetto sia l'aspetto
14. The Lark
15. Move Now With Measured Sound
16. Sharp Thorns Despising
17. Sich tiben im Lieben
18. You Meaner Beauties Of The Night

Editorial Reviews

If you're a fan of early music and you haven't yet encountered the remarkable voice of Emma Kirkby, get this recording and you'll know why she is one of the world's leading--some would say the leading--interpreters of soprano repertoire from Monteverdi to Bach. Her light, clear, and amazingly agile instrument allows her a phenomenal range of expressive techniques, and enables her to be equally effective whether singing a cappella, with lute, or with an instrumental ensemble--all of which happens on this fine compilation of some of her best performances. Highlights include Monteverdi's lively song "Voglio di vita uscir," Dowland's gentle "Flow not so fast, ye fountains," an unaccompanied rendition of Machaut's virelai "Foy porter," Bach's beloved aria "Sheep may safely graze," and Handel's impossibly acrobatic aria, "Sharp thorns despising." --David Vernier

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no such thing as too much Emma Kirkby July 15, 2002
The only defect in this disk is that it isn't a three or four disk set. Some people don't appreciate her beautiful voice and I feel sorry for them. I first heard her voice live in a concert here in Ann Arbor in December of 1980 and she stunned me. The memory of her beautiful voice still lives in my mind and heart.
Well, this disk gives us 18 selections from a number of different composers from the Baroque. Every one of them is a treasure and has its own charms. I can't pick a favorite, but I can say that each of these pieces show off her voice and singing style in different ways.
Yes, I wish she had included more Purcell and something even nicer than what we have on track 3, but what would I give up? Well, that is where I say we need this to have been a two or three disk collection.
You won't go wrong with this wonderful disk!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The marriage of skill and magic January 11, 2007
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Ms. Kirby's voice is limpid, exquisitely pitched, strong, and yet beautifully refined. Her command of her voice is extraordinary, with phrasing, delicate embellishments and what I think are some vocal cadenzas, all showing the skill and craft of an artist who has brought her artistry to its highest state. But she makes her artistry sound so easy, so natural: nothing of bravura, nothing forced here. The selections are wonderfully chosen; together, they give us the whole range of early to late Baroque, in every mood. Each listening refreshes the spirit. What an artist!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars emma's pure and magical voice. October 16, 2000
This cd shows Emma's versatility as a Baroque and early music performer. Her pure voice matches the music so well. I really enjoy the song "You meaner beauties of the night." This is only one among many cd's which shows Emma's great voice. I highly recommend the Emma Kirkby collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an Angel! July 20, 1999
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One of the most beautiful angelic voice in the world! But I don't think this collection shows her best recording pieces.
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