Emma Kirkby

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Born: February 26, 1949; Camberley, England  
English soprano Emma Kirkby is one of the leading proponents of Renaissance and Baroque vocal music. Having begun her vocal studies with Jessica Cash at Oxford University (while studying classic literature), she made her 1974 concert debut in London; she has been regarded as an early music specialist from the beginning. She made her first tour of the United States in 1978; tours to all of the major music capitals of the world have followed. Read more Especially noteworthy was a tour of the Arabian states with lutenist Anthony Rooley.

She has been a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, The London Baroque, The Taverner Players and the Consort of Musicke. In her collaborations with these groups she has increased the public awareness of correct Baroque performance practice while carefully avoiding pedantry; she brings a great deal of drama and musicianship to her performances. Besides the lute songs of the Renaissance era, Kirkby is well known for her performances of the cantatas and passions of Bach and the choral music of Monteverdi. Though she has rarely appeared on the operatic stage, she had great success as Dorlina in Handel's Orlando and in the title role of Scarlatti's Giuditta.

Kirkby's voice is a very light, lyric soprano of unusual sweetness. She has excellent control of the voice and is able to sing without any vibrato -- a quality that many practitioners of early music prefer. Her recordings give an excellent view of the range of her repertoire -- at times even expanding on it, since she has recorded several operas which she has not sung on stage, including Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi' Orfeo, Handel's Orlando and Hasse's Cleofide. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Born: February 26, 1949; Camberley, England  
English soprano Emma Kirkby is one of the leading proponents of Renaissance and Baroque vocal music. Having begun her vocal studies with Jessica Cash at Oxford University (while studying classic literature), she made her 1974 concert debut in London; she has been regarded as an early music specialist from the beginning. She made her first tour of the United States in 1978; tours to all of the major music capitals of the world have followed. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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LABEL
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht...Hat man nicht mit seinen Kindern
"Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee susse"
Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen
Heute noch
Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht
1. Ouverture
2-3. Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet...Nu, Mieke, gib dein Guschel immer her
4-5 Ach es schmeckt doch gar zu gut
6-7. Ach, Herr Schösser, geht nicht gar zu schlimm
8-9. Unser trefflicher, lieber Kammerherr
10-11: Das ist galant, es spricht niemand
12-13. Fünfzig Taler bares Geld
14-15: Klein-Zsocher müsse so zart und süße
16-17: Es nehme zehntausend Dukaten
18-19: Gib, Schöne, viel Söhne
20-21: Dein Wachstum sei feste
22. Arie: Und daß ihr's alle wißt
24. Chor (Duetto): Wir gehn nun, wo der Dudelsack
1. Adagio: Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten
2. Recit: Die Welt wird wieder neu
3. Aria: Phöbus eilt mit schnellen Pferden
4. Recit: D'rum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnügen
5. Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
6. Recit: Und dieses ist das Glücke
7. Aria: Sich üben im Lieben
8. Recit: So sei das Band der keuschen Liebe
9. Gavotte: Sehet in Zufriedenheit
2. Recitativo: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein
3. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
1. Recit: O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit
2. Aria: Spielet, ihr beseelten Lieder
3. Recit: Doch haltet ein, ihr muntern Saiten
4. Aria: Ruhet hie, matte Töne
5. Recit: So glaubt man denn, daß die Musik verführe
6. Aria: Schweigt, ihr Flöten, schweigt ihr Töne
7. Recit: Was Luft? was Grab?
8. Aria: Großer Gönner, dein Vergnügen
9. Recit: Hochteurer Mann, so fahre ferner fort
10. Aria: Seid beglückt
Sonata
Tu fedel? tu costante?
Cento belle ami, Fileno
L' occhio nero vivace di Filli
Se Licori, Filli ed io
Ma, se non hai più...Se non ti piace amarmi
Sì, crudel, ti lascierò
Mi palpita il cor
Ho tanti affanni in petto
Clori, di te mi lagno
S'un dì m'adora la mia crudele
Alpestre monte
Io son ben ch'il vostro orrore
Quindi men vengo a voi
Almen dopo il fato mio
Tra le fiamme tu scherzi pergioco
Dedalo già le fortunate penne
Pien di nuovo e bel diletto
Sì, sì, purtroppo è vero
Voli per l'aria chi può volare
L'uomo che nacque per salire al Cielo
Tra le fiamme tu scherzi per salire per gioco


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