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Handel: Sacred Cantatas / Emma Kirkby, London Baroque


Release Date: 05/22/2001 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1065   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ingrid SeifertRichard GwiltCharles MedlamTerence Charlston,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Emma Kirkby always has been an excellent Handel singer, from her two 1985 recordings--Italian Cantatas with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (L'Oiseau Lyre) and German Arias with Charles Medlam and the London Baroque (EMI)--and 1987's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, again with the London Baroque (Harmonia Mundi) to this new, exemplary program of Latin motets. Kirkby, now in her early 50s, retains a remarkably youthful sound, exhibiting all of her admired agility and intonational accuracy, but with more richness in the lower register than in her younger days. Her upper notes also have more body and warmth than ever--gone is the tendency to screech on the quickest, highest pitches.
Read more Interpretively she commands a range that includes graceful swinging dance (the first movement of the Laudate pueri), lyrical prayerfulness (Largo and Adagio opening of the Salve Regina), and just full-out, uncompromising virtuosity (the Alleluja ending of O qualis de caeli sonus; the recitative third section of Laudate pueri). Kirkby also offers some wonderfully subtle expressive effects that show off her full powers of vocal control (the first syllable of "seculum" at the end of the second section of Laudate pueri) while making the music and her performance even more memorable.


Of course, Handel gives Kirkby some lovely music to sing--some of his finest melodies and exciting vocal challenges--and she seems to relish every moment. The "orchestra"--two violins, cello (played by conductor Charles Medlam), and organ--adds some memorable moments of its own via a trio sonata (with one of Handel's more irresistible slow movements) that comes in the middle of the program, but these players really shine in their accompanying role, always in complete interpretive sync with the singer. The sound leaves nothing to be desired--ideally balanced, clear, natural voice and instruments in a well-mannered, complementary acoustic.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Salve Regina, HWV 241 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Richard Gwilt (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Terence Charlston (Harpsichord), Terence Charlston (Organ), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
O qualis de caelo sonus by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Richard Gwilt (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Terence Charlston (Organ), Terence Charlston (Harpsichord), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Charles Medlam (Cello), Terence Charlston (Harpsichord), Terence Charlston (Organ),
Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Laudate pueri Dominum in D major, HWV 236 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Organ), Terence Charlston (Harpsichord), Charles Medlam (Cello),
Ingrid Seifert (Violin), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Richard Gwilt (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  St. Martin's Church, E. Woodhay, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 393/Op. 2 no 8 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord), Terence Charlston (Organ), Ingrid Seifert (Violin),
Richard Gwilt (Violin), Charles Medlam (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; London, England 

Sound Samples

Salve Regina, HWV 241: Salve Regina (Largo - Adagio)
Salve Regina, HWV 241: Eja ergo advocata nostra (Allegro)
Salve Regina, HWV 241: O clemens, o pia (Adagissimo)
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Sonata
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Recitativo: O qualis de caelo sonus
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Ad plausus ad jubila
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Recitativo: Eja ergo, mortalis
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Gaude, tellus benigna
O qualis de coelo sonus, HWV 239: Alleluja
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Sonata
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Recitativo: Caelestis dum spirat aura
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Felix dies, praeclara, serena
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Recitativo: Vestro, religiosi principes
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Tam patrono singulari
Coelestis dum spirat aura, HWV 231: Alleluja
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Laudate pueri Dominum
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Sit nomen Domini benedictum
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": A solis ortu usque ad occasum
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Quis sicut Dominus
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Ut collocet eum cum principibus
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Qui habitare facit
Laudate pueri, HWV 236, "Psalm 112": Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto

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