Famed English soprano and Early Music authority Emma Kirkby delivers a commanding performance of twelve arias from late-Renaissance and Baroque Italy and Britain, accompanied on lute by Anthony Rooley. An extremely rare recording that was only briefly and limitedly released in the early 1990s. Dame Kirkby's voice is sweet and powerful, and she regards this recording as one of her all-time favorites.
“Revisiting a past recording can be a bitter-sweet business... but balancing this can be the shock of remembering something joyfully special about those sessions... Two or three years ago I returned for a concert there [and] as I sang my first notes in the Great Hall, I knew again that these acoustics are among the most beautifulRead more anywhere in the world, for chamber music and for voices... One could take any of these pieces and add clusters of accompaniment for larger theatrical spaces, or, as we did, one can search for the essence of each drama with voice, just one plucked instrument and a special space.” Read less
A fine Voice, but......March 3, 2014By Jeremy M. (Victoria, BC)See All My Reviews"Maybe I should have read the 'blurb' in more detail, but I did not think that this recording really showed off what a delightful voice Emma Kirkby has. Personally I do not think that Emma Kirkby's voice is best reproduced when she has nothing but a lute for accompaniment, even if in her opinion the acoustics are superb; though having been a farming student right next door to Somerset, I have to agree with her description of the county. I would love to have heard her singing with more of a chamber orchestra which is where I believe her voice really shines. I have a wonderful CD of The creation with herself and the choir of New College Oxford and the Academy of Ancient music; her voice is so beautiful and with so little vibrato. I felt that this recording lacked the joy of hearing her amongst other professional singers, and an equally good chamber orchestra."Report Abuse
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