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Emma Kirkby Sings Handel, Arne, Haydn & Mozart / Hogwood


Release Date: 07/14/1998 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohn Frederick LampeFranz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Emma KirkbyChristopher HironsSteven Lubin
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 eighteenth-century style (among others). This
Read more 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]
reviewing the original release of the Handel, Arne and Lampe selections, L'Oiseau-Lyre 436132


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 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
reviewing the original release of the Mozart selections previously reissued as Decca 4767459
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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 
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 
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 
4.
Hornpipe in D major, HWV 356 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
5.
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 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ingrato Polinesso..." 
6.
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 
7.
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 
8.
March in D major, HWV 345 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: 20th Century 
9.
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 
10.
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 
11.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: And God said... With verdure by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
12.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: On mighty wings by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
13.
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 
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Trostlos schmechzet Philomele by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
19.
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 
20.
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 
21.
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 
22.
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 
23.
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 
24.
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 
25.
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 

Sound Samples

Alessandro Severo: Overture - HWVA13
Britannia: Welcome Mars
Dione (1732): Pretty Warblers
Hornpipe in D, HWV 356
Rosamunde (Stage work, 1733): Rise, Glory, Rise
Ariodante HWV 33 / Act 3: "Neghittosi, or voi che fate?"
Alcina / Act 3: Credete al mio dolore
Alcina, HWV 34 / Act 1: "Tornami a vagheggiar"
March in D
Alexander's Feast / Part 1: "War, He Sung, Is Toil And Trouble"
L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato, HWV 55: "Sweet Bird, That Shun'st The Noise Of Folly"
Saul, HWV 53 / Act 1: "Capricious Man"
The Masque of Comus: "By The Rushy-Fringed Bank"
The Masque of Comus: "Thrice Upon Thy Fingers Tip"
"Where The Bee Sucks"
The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob.XXI:2 / Part 1-Scene 3: With Verdure Clad The Fields Appear
The Creation (Die Schöpfung) / Part 2-Scene 1: On Mighty Pens Uplifted Soars The Eagle Alofy
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 1: "Aer tranquillo"
Il re pastore, K.208 / Act 2: "L'amerò, sarò costante"
Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217
"Ah, lo previdi" / "Ah, t'invola agl'occhi miei", K.272
Zaide, K.344 / Act 1: "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben"
Zaide, K.344 / Act 2: "Trostlos schluchzet Philomele"
Nehmt meinen Dank, K.383
Ch'io mi scordi di te... Non temer, amato bene, K.505

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