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Christmas Music / Kirkby, London Baroque


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1135   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philipp Friedrich BöddeckerAlessandro ScarlattiJohann Sebastian BachJohann Pachelbel,   ... 
Performer:  Emma Kirkby
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BIS have come up with that seasonal rarity: the intelligent, considered and beautifully presented Christmas album. Emma Kirkby's pure tone, keen intelligence and utterly natural musicality need no introduction - she has, after all, been delighting us all for decades now.

No admirer of either baroque music or Emma Kirkby will want to miss this impeccably programmed disc. The short Böddecker piece acts as a perfect warm-up. It is gentle and pure - the ideal vehicle for Kirkby's voice. Listening to the Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti takes us to another, altogether more exalted world. These pieces (and many other cantatas by this composer also) are fruits ripe for the picking, for Scarlatti père's suave and
Read more sophisticated language is infinitely rewarding. London Baroque displays its finely honed sensitivity in these pieces, which gain their most committed advocate in the form of Kirkby. It is my hope that this aspect of this release will encourage people to explore this rich repertoire further - perhaps by heading for the countertenor Brian Asawa's series of Scarlatti recordings on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. If you need to sample one track on this album, try the peaceful Aria pastorale Nacque, col Gran Messia which ends Non sò qual più m'ingombra.

Another refreshing aspect of this offering is the spontaneity London Baroque bring to the more famous items. The Pachelbel Canon positively bursts with life: rhythms are taut and jauntily sprung, while the Air on the G string is the perfect interlude (it flows along at a beautifully liquid tempo) between the delightful Bach arias. Corelli's Christmas Concerto is given the tenderest performance imaginable by London Baroque.

Many, many delights await you.

– MusicWeb International (Colin Clarke) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Natus est Jesus by Philipp Friedrich Böddecker
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Non so qual piů m'ingombra by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Oh di Betlemme altera povertŕ "Cantata pastorale" by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: no 5, Öffne dich mein ganzes Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Medlam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 

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