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Mozart: Favourite Arias / Emma Kirkby


Release Date: 07/11/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4767459   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma KirkbyChristopher HironsSteven Lubin
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This lovely collection, recorded in 1988 and '89, finds Emma Kirkby at her mature best. The voice is still silvery and smallish, but it has the low notes, although they are certainly not as impressively dramatic as the top and middle ones are lustrous. This problem is most noticeable in "Ah, lo prevedi", a huge aria filled with pain and anger, where a type of darkness simply not available to Kirkby would be welcome. But hearing her whip through "Aer tranquillo" and bathing in her liquidy silver tone in the gorgeous "L'amero saro costante" (both from Il re pastore) is a true delight, and Stephen Lubin's translucent pianoforte goes ideally with Kirkby's sound in "Ch'io mi scordi di te". "Nehmt Read more meinen Dank" features Kirkby in concert with flute, oboe, and bassoon, and it is here that we truly appreciate the contribution of Christopher Hogwood and his Academy: singer, conductor, and band think and perform as one. Arguably, the soprano's bright tone can tire the ear throughout 55 minutes, but we're hardly forced to sit still through the whole recital at once--and taken in doses, this is artful, heartfelt, and lovely singing.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Il rè pastore, K 208: Aer tranquillo e dì sereni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Il rè pastore, K 208: L'amerò, sarò costante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Christopher Hirons (Violin), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Voi avete un cor fedele, K 217 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
4.
Ah, lo previdi...Ah, t'invola agl'occhi miei, K 272 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Salzburg, Austria 
5.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Austria 
6.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Trostlos schmechzet Philomele by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
7.
Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner, K 383 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Steven Lubin (Fortepiano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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