Emma Kirkby

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Biography

Born: February 26, 1949; Camberley, England  
English soprano Emma Kirkby is one of the leading proponents of Renaissance and Baroque vocal music. Having begun her vocal studies with Jessica Cash at Oxford University (while studying classic literature), she made her 1974 concert debut in London; she has been regarded as an early music specialist from the beginning. She made her first tour of the United States in 1978; tours to all of the major music capitals of the world have followed. Read more Especially noteworthy was a tour of the Arabian states with lutenist Anthony Rooley.

She has been a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, The London Baroque, The Taverner Players and the Consort of Musicke. In her collaborations with these groups she has increased the public awareness of correct Baroque performance practice while carefully avoiding pedantry; she brings a great deal of drama and musicianship to her performances. Besides the lute songs of the Renaissance era, Kirkby is well known for her performances of the cantatas and passions of Bach and the choral music of Monteverdi. Though she has rarely appeared on the operatic stage, she had great success as Dorlina in Handel's Orlando and in the title role of Scarlatti's Giuditta.

Kirkby's voice is a very light, lyric soprano of unusual sweetness. She has excellent control of the voice and is able to sing without any vibrato -- a quality that many practitioners of early music prefer. Her recordings give an excellent view of the range of her repertoire -- at times even expanding on it, since she has recorded several operas which she has not sung on stage, including Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi' Orfeo, Handel's Orlando and Hasse's Cleofide. Read less
Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 518   Number of Discs: 1
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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Parrott, Kirkby, Taverner Players
Release Date: 07/29/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 521   Number of Discs: 1
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Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas / Kirkby, Leblanc, Harvey, Et Al
Release Date: 03/25/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 691   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Early Cantatas Vol 1 / Kirkby, Chance, Harvey, Et Al
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 715   Number of Discs: 1
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Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Et Al
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 723   Number of Discs: 1
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    Danyel: Lute Songs / Anthony Rooley, Consort Of Musick
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002083102 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Danyel
    Performer:  Anthony Rooley,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones,  Emma Kirkby,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Maynard: The XII Wonders of the World; Campion, Hume, Ravescroft, Parsons: Character Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069502 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Maynard,  Thomas Campion,  Tobias Hume,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Rooley,  Paul Elliot,  John York Skinner,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    John Christopher Smith: The Seasons / Mammel, Kirkby, Simon, Mead, Riedelbauch
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77382 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Christopher Smith
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Hans Jörg Mammel,  Tim [Countertenor Vocal] Mead,  Markus Simon
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Riedelbauch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Franconia Festival Chorus,  La Banda
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    Baroque Vocal Masterpieces
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4081 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Bonifazio Graziani,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Jones,  Emma Kirkby,  David [Bass (Vocal)] Beaven,  Martin Pickering
    Conductor:  Richard Stangroom
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 7.
    Emma Kirkby In Recital / Christopher Wilson
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4890 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Guédron,  Nicholas Lanier,  William Lawes,  Nicolas Vallet  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Christopher Wilson
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    Time Stands Still / Emma Kirby, Anthony Rooley
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55462 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Campion,  John Danyel,  John Dowland,  Thomas Ford  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Anthony Rooley
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    St Matthew Passion
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    Una Stravaganza Dei Medici - La Pellegrina / Parrott, Taverner Consort
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26842 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cristofano Malvezzi,  Emilio de Cavalieri,  Luca Marenzio,  Jacopo Peri  ... 
    Performer:  Emily van Evera,  Emma Kirkby,  Tessa Bonner,  Nigel Rogers
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
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    Angelo Notari: The First New Music
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012080 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Angelo Notari
    Performer:  Evelyn Tubb,  Emma Kirkby,  David Thomas,  Andrew King  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
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  • 12.
    Weelkes: Anthems & Madrigals / Consort of Musicke
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Weelkes
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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  • 13.
    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Juliette Hurel,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30541 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Gemma Bertagnolli,  Matteo Bellotto,  Roberta Invernizzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Ottavio Dantone,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Accademia Bizantina,  Ensemble Matheus
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Stabat Mater
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001748202 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Judith Nelson,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  Christopher Hogwood
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  • 16.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass In B Minor, Easter & Christmas Oratorios / Cleobury, Fasolis, Schweizer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94382 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Diego Fasolis,  Rolf Schweizer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gérard Lesne  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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  • 19.
    In Paradisum - Spiritual Classical Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94412 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  César Franck,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Brown,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones,  Lawrence Zazzo,  Pamela Heuvelmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Leusink,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Nicol Matt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Boys Choir,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Cambridge Bach Ensemble  ... 
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  • 20.
    Handel: Nine German Arias / Emma Kirkby, London Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44938 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 21.
    Haydn a l'Anglaise / Kirkby, Covey-Crump
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6174 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Thomas Haigh
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Emma Kirkby,  Alastair Ross
    Conductor:  Derek McCulloch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Café Mozart
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  • 22.
    Arie Antiche / Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1180 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Johann Nauwach,  Angelo Notari,  Claudio Saracini  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Anthony Rooley
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  • 23.
    100 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27315 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Hugh Bean,  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 24.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 25.
    Time Traveller -  Italian Renaissance
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79017 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Peter Harvey,  Nicholas Robertson,  Tessa Bonner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Timothy Brown,  Paul McCreesh,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Taverner Players
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