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Handel, Arne, Lampe: Arias / Emma Kirkby


Release Date: 11/22/2010 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 436132   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohn Frederick LampeThomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Emma Kirkby
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the discs of the year - Emma Kirkby has taste, technique, and impeccable tuning, supported by a prodigious musical intelligence and a natural feeling for early eighteenth-century style.

Emma Kirkby's voice has no longer the ingenue air, the charmingly demure quality through which a hint of passion enticingly peeps, with which she delighted so many of us in her earlier recordings. It is now fuller, and used with less inhibition (or pre tence of it); and that means that a wider repertory, not to say a wider interpretative range, is open to her. The virtues of taste and technique and impeccable tuning however remain, still supported by a prodigious musical intelligence and a natural feeling for early
Read more eighteenth-century style (among others). This disc casts her in music composed, for the most part, for one of the most celebrated English singers of that era, Cecilia Young, one of several talented singing sisters and for a time the wife of Thomas Arne—famed in her day for the "sweetness and simplicity" (Dibdin's words) of her singing and her character. The impersonation seems a convincing one, to judge by the result here, which is uniformly delightful.

Kirkby begins (after an appropriate and unfamiliar overture written by Handel for one of his pasticcios) with a couple of songs by Cecilia's brother-in-law, J. F. Lampe, one in a splendidly bold style, the other a graceful siciliana with some pretty warblings from the flute. Arne's "Rise, Glory, rise" is a big, fanfarish piece with trumpets and drums, of a kind we call Handelian but practised very effectively by others too. She does it in full voice and noble style. Then comes the main Handel group, including three opera arias (Cecilia sang for a while in Handel's Covent Garden company), a spirited piece for the mischievous Dalinda in Ariodante and two arias for Morgana, the enchantress's sister, in Alcina: the lovely "Credete at mio dolore", in which the cello obbligato is played with just the right measure of art and a light, translucent tone by Mark Caudle, and—finest of all, I would say—the great aria concluding Act 1 (and later appropriated by Handel for Alcina herself). Kirkby's new, richer, more expansive tone and manner bring it marvellously to life. "Sweet bird", with delicious interchanges and total unity of manner between Kirkby and Rachel Brown's flute, is another delight (the trilling is thrilling); while the Saul air is done with her characteristic clarity and point. Lastly, three songs by Arne, of which Ariel's "Where the bee sucks," done with the most exquisite subtlety of rhythm and (as always) articulation, would alone be amply worth the price of this disc. Christopher Hogwood conducts in direct and unaffected fashion, and with a natural feeling for the gait of Handel's rhythms. Without a doubt, one of my discs of the year, and I am sure yours too.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [7/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alessandro Severo, HWV A13: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Britannia: Welcome Mars by John Frederick Lampe
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Dione: Pretty Warblers by John Frederick Lampe
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Hornpipe in D major, HWV 356 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Rosemond: Rise, Glory, rise by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Ariodante, HWV 33: Neghittosi or voi che fate? by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Alcina, HWV 34: Credete al mio dolore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Alcina, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
March in D major, HWV 345 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
10.
Alexander's Feast, HWV 75: War, he sung, is toil and trouble by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Saul, HWV 53: Capricious man by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Comus: By the rushy-fringed bank by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Comus: Brightest Lady, thrice upon thy finger's tip by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
The Tempest: Ariel's Song "Where the bee sucks" by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 

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