Länna Church, Sweden. Peter Harvey, Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden. The Queen's Music: Italian Vocal Duets & Trios.
The Queen's Music: Italian Vocal Duets & Trios.
Emma Kirkby, Susanne Rydén, Peter Harvey. The common factor here is Harvey, a British baritone hitherto known as a specialist in early music. At first sight his recording of Schubert’s song-cycle might seem a risky move into a different type of repertoire, where competition is especially intense, but his reading is extremely fine, because he bases it on the same principles he has learnt and practised as an exemplar of historical performance. Harvey’s few contributions to the BIS disc, a collection of Italian vocal duets and trios from the court of the legendary 17th-century Queen Christina of Sweden, are wonderfully stylish, but the recital is dominated by the sopranos and Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s spirited harpsichord playing. Get alerts on Music when a new story is published.
This 12CD collection brings together Emma Kirkby’s complete L’Oiseau-Lyre recitals in a single set. The world’s most popular period-instrument soprano, Kirkby’s pure, crystalline sound defined how vocal music of the baroque and earlier eras should sound for a whole generation or more. Accompanied in the main by Anthony Rooley, the set features works by Purcell, Handel, Bach and Mozart as well as rarely recorded works by Edwards, Campion, Dowland, Morley, Ferrabosco and many more. That Emma Kirkby is one, and that she has maintained that status without compromise to the style and principles of music-making with which she started out, is testimony not just to the distinctive pure colouring of her voice, but to a steady artistic integrity, personal modesty and generosity that have made her one of the most professionally respected and well-loved figures.
Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby, DBE (born 26 February 1949) is an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists. She has sung on over 100 recordings.
Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Pete Harvey, Mikael Bellini The Queen's Music '2008.
Album · 2014 · 14 Songs. Aure fresche, aure volanti. Susanne Ryden, Harmonices Mundi, Claudio Astronio & Sergio Foresti. Me ne farete tante che più non soffrirò. Emma Kirkby, Harmonices Mundi, Claudio Astronio & Sergio Foresti.
Emma Kirkby, Suzie LeBlanc, Peter Harvey, The Purcell Quartet - Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas Vo. (2003) Music. Posted by ArlegZ at June 7, 2019. Emma Kirkby, Suzie LeBlanc, Peter Harvey, The Purcell Quartet - Buxtehude: Sacred Cantatas Vo. (2003) EAC FLAC Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb Total time: 75:33 Scans included Classical Label: Chandos CHAN 0691 Recorded: 2002. Setting various German and Latin texts for solo voices, violins and continuo, these sacred cantatas are typical products of the late 17th century in their pragmatic approach to form. The mystery of how a collection of Italian secular songs of the mid 16th century was compiled in Sweden and ended up in England is, fortunately, relatively easy to solve. In 1651, Queen Christiana requested that the bass Alessandro Cecconi put together a company of Italian musicians to reside at the Swedish court.
I have always loved Emma Kirkby, and lately, I have been listening/watching a DVD of the St Matthew Passion that features Emma and Michael Chance, who sings beautifully on that DVD. And I am one who prefers the "one voice per part" performances of these pieces to those with choirs. I thought the vocal wobble in Chance's rendering approached the alarming. Not as bad as Drew Minter on the ABS recording of that piece, but clearly pushing the envelope of the slightly hysterical - in other words, nearly, but not quite, out of control. Chance never actually does lose control, but even though he generally hits the right notes, the quality of the falsetto has become a bit too false, and the threat of wobbling off the planet seemed ever present. There are quartets, duets, trios and solos all accompanied expertly by the Purcell Quartet.