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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

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Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flute a bec et basse continue (1998)

Charles Medlam, London Baroque - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, 3 Sonates pour flûte à bec et basse continue (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 491 Mb | Total time: 106:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901253.54 | Recorded: 1986

"…[The] 'Serenata a tre'…is brimming with energy and melodic invention, every aria a delight. The three singers give sparkling performances and London Baroque dispatches the brightly variegated score with much aplomb…"
–BBC Music

Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

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Emma Kirkby, The Romantic Chamber Group of London - Amy Beach: Chanson d'amour (2002)

Amy Beach - Chanson d'amour (2002)
Emma Kirkby, soprano; The Romantic Chamber Group of London

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1245 | Time: 01:05:45

Emma Kirkby, doyenne of the Early Music scene, here shows that she's just as comfortable in music of a more recent vintage. Amy Beach was a woman ahead of her time, performing as solo pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra by the age of 18. The same year (1885), she married Henry Beach and, no longer able to perform publicly (it would have gone against her social status), she instead settled down to composing. And delightful stuff it is, too, as Kirkby and friends demonstrate in this charming recital. A number of the songs add violin, cello, or both to the piano and voice combination. "Ecstasy," for instance, has a most effective violin part that is an ideal foil to the purity of Kirkby's voice. Other highlights include the Schumannesque Browning Songs and the amiable Shakespeare Songs (the last of which, "Fairy Lullaby," is irresistible). The final item here, "Elle et moi," is an upbeat little number that suits Kirkby's lithe soprano to perfection. Occasionally, in some of the more lushly textured songs, such as "A Mirage" and "Stella Viatoris," perhaps a fuller voice would have been preferable, but then sample "Chanson d'amour" (written when Beach was only 21 and with a wonderful cello part in addition to the piano) and try to imagine it being better sung. The purely instrumental items are played with unfailing sensitivity and elegance. The Romance is straight out of the salon, while the much later Piano Trio (though actually based on early material) packs plenty of emotion and variety into its 14 minutes. The recording is exemplary, as are the concise notes and texts and translations.

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

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William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)

William Christie, Cappella Coloniensis - Johann Adolf Hasse: Cleofide (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 72:33+60:15+64:22+50:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 7080 | Recorded: 1986

One can easily appreciate this early William Christie recording with Capella Coloniensis, a group originally formed in 1954 (!) to perform baroque works in historically informed performances. Christie masters this orchestra well, and the playing is impeccable. The casting is excellent, including some of the great singers of the time: Emma Kirkby, in her prime, Agnes Mellon, Dominique Visse and David Cordier, among others. There is even a male soprano, Randall K. Wong, a rare type of singer indeed.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 70:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1865 | Recorded: 2010

Emma Kirkby and London Baroque here return to BIS with a disc of music from the French composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. An almost exact contemporary of François Couperin and only some 15 years older than Rameau, Montéclair was also a composer working in all the genres current at the time, including that of the chamber cantata for one or two voices and strings, dealing mainly with subjects from classical history or mythology. The large majority used French texts with four Italian ones, including La Morte di Lucretia, recorded here.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 262 Mb | Total time: 56:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66019 | Recorded: 1981

This charming record is as outstanding technically as in its artistic merits. Warmly recommended. –The Monthly Guide to Recorded Music

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - Henry Lawes: Sitting by the Streams (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 58:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA66135 | Recorded: 1984

Rarely have I read a sleeve-note that pleads so vehemently in support of the music it introduces as does the one for this collection of works by Henry Lawes. ''I wish this record well,'' writes Anthony rooley, ''for Harry's [Henry's] sake, so that our un-sung genius of song may occupy his rightful place in the halls of Fame, and the late 20th century adopt the same conclusions as his own time''. Certainly you may find it surprising that a composer whose music was praised by such towering contemporaries as Charles I, Milton and Locke should have been neglected so universally by today's champions of early music—surprising, that is, until you hear the music itself.

Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)

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Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)

Emma Kirkby, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes - Magnificat: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Hayes (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 308 Mb | Total time: 61:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ABC Classics | 4765255 | Recorded: 2005

Widely considered as one of the leading exponents in early music, Emma Kirkby is renowned for her purity of production, clarity of diction and extraordinary degree of vocal control. From this release it is obvious that Emma Kirkby's artistic vigour and sense of discovery are undiminished. Alongside her incomparable performances of well-loved works such as Bach's cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, she uses the esteem in which she is held by musicians and audiences alike to champion long-forgotten repertory such as William Hayes's The Passions. Emma is accompanied by Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes conducted by Antony Walker.

Claudio Astronio, Harmonices Mundi, Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Sergio Foresti - Alessandro Stradella: Duets (2014)

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Claudio Astronio, Harmonices Mundi, Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Sergio Foresti - Alessandro Stradella: Duets (2014)

Claudio Astronio, Harmonices Mundi, Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Sergio Foresti - Alessandro Stradella: Duets (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 61:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Briliant Classics | # 94343 | Recorded: 2013

The music by Alessandro Stradella is gaining rapidly in recognition and popularity. The composer’s extremely adventurous life (he was a ladykiller, who himself was murdered in the end by a revengeful rival) and his equally adventurous music presents a forceful image of a fascinating and important figure of the Italian Baroque.

King's, Winchester, Christ Church - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)

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King's, Winchester, Christ Church - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)

David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Choir of King's College Cambridge; David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir; Simon Preston, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford - Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems; Dixit Dominus; Foundling Hospital Anthem; Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 686 Mb | Total time: 147:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca ‎| # 455 041-2 | Recorded: 1963, 1979, 1986, 1993

These 2 discs offer the music of 3 different choirs and 4 different times periods. CD 1 features the Choir of King's College, Cambridge,performing 4 Coronation Anthems: Zadok the priest; My heart is inditing; Let my hand be strengthened and The King shall rejoice. Recording Date:August,1963.

The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)

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The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)

The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | KCHAN 0775 | Recorded: 2009

…Sopranos Emma Kirkby and Elin Manahan Thomas are excellent throughout…Harvey is a solid, dignified presence elsewhere as well, while tenor Charles Daniels and countertenor Michael Chance are at their eloquent best… Both The Purcell Quartet and Fretwork relish the variegated sonorities afforded by Buxtehude’s score, as well as the word painting, while blending with the voices to effect a homogenous yet multi-timbred sound of great beauty.

Emma Kirkby, Richard Morton, Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens (1988)

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Emma Kirkby, Richard Morton, Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens (1988)

Emma Kirkby, Richard Morton, Roy Goodman, The Parley of Instruments - Dr Arne at Vauxhall Gardens (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 52:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66237 | Recorded: 1987

Dr Thomas Arne was a real tunesmith, and this charming collection shows him at his best. Although Arne was heavily influenced by Handel (what Englishman of his generation could avoid this?) he was his own man, and no slavish plagiarist; something that needs to be said of an era, before binding copyrights, when even the great Handel could stoop to this level! It is known that Arne also admired the music of the Venetian Galuppi who visited London in the 1740s. The enchanting 'the Lover's Recantation', sung here beautifully by Emma Kirkby, will remind anyone familiar with Galuppi's comic operas of that composer's style.

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Choir of Westminster Abbey - Handel: Messiah (2005/1981)

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Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Choir of Westminster Abbey - Handel: Messiah (2005/1981)

Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Choir of Westminster Abbey - Handel: Messiah (2005/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.08 Gb (DVD9) | 136 min
Classical | Kultur | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

In this performance of Handel's best-loved oratorio, conductor Christopher Hogwood returns to the original performance traditions. The choruses are sung by boy trebles and male altos, tenors and basses, and member of the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The soloists improvise embellishments in the arias and, in certain cases, join in the singing of the choruses - just as they would have done 240 years ago. In addition, Members of the Academy all play instruments of the period or accurate modern copies.

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

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The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)

The Artistry of Emma Kirkby [4CDs] (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.25 Gb | Total time: 04:52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BISCD1734/35 | Recorded: 1999-2008

With her almost supernaturally clear and agile soprano, Emma Kirkby has enchanted audiences ever since she first appeared on the Early Music scene in the 1970s. And as the art of historically informed performance has become more and more widely appreciated, so has her style of singing, to the extent that she in 2007 was included in a listing of ‘the 20 greatest sopranos ever’ made by the BBC Music Magazine. Throughout her career, Emma Kirkby has made a large number of recordings of a wide range of music. Released on the occasion of her 60th birthday, the present collection celebrates her collaboration with BIS, which has resulted in ten discs to date.

Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Cataldo Amodei: Solo cantatas (2004)

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Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Cataldo Amodei: Solo cantatas (2004)

Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Lars Ulrik Mortensen - Cataldo Amodei: Solo cantatas (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 78:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-1415 CD | Recorded: 2003

Emma Kirkby sounds as lithe and radiant as ever, superbly able to negotiate Amodei's melismatic writing and imbue it with subtle but effective rhetoric.

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

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Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)

Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music - Purcell: Theatre Music [6CDs] (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,00 Gb | Total time: 06:50:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 893-2 | Recorded: 1974-1983

One of the leading experts in early music, Christopher Hogwood, leads the way as you hear the beautiful 17th-century theatre music of British composer Henry Purcell. The Academy of Ancient Music and the Taverner Choir perform Abdelazer; The Married Beau; Bonduca; Circe; Don Quixote; The Double Dealer; The Rival Sisters , and much more!