Emma Kirkby (soprano)

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Dame (Carolyn) Emma Kirkby, DBE (born 26 February 1949) is an English soprano and one of the world's most renowned early music specialists who has sung on well over a hundred recordings. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Her entry in The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2008) reads:

Her uncommonly pure, crystalline voice, deployed with minimal vibrato, her natural declamation, agile coloratura and her sensitivity to words have been widely admired by interpreters of early, Renaissance and Baroque music and have served as a model for many specialists in this repertory.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Requiem Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music, Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, David Thomas, Westminster Cathedral Choir 1
1985 A Feather on the Breath of God Abbess Hildegard of Bingen; Gothic Voices, Christopher Page, Emma Kirkby 2
1985 Sacred Vocal Music Monteverdi; The Parley of Instruments, Emma Kirkby, Ian Partridge, David Thomas, Roy Goodman, Peter Holman 3
1988 Songs and Dialogues Purcell; Emma Kirkby, David Thomas, Anthony Rooley 2
1993 Shakespeare's Lutenist Robert Johnson ; Emma Kirkby, David Thomas & Anthony Rooley 1
1997 Gloria / Nulla in mundo pax sincera / Nisi Dominus / Cantatas Vivaldi; Kirkby, Bott, Nelson, Watkinson, Bowman, Preston, Hogwood 1
1998 Emma Kirkby Sings Händel, Arne, Haydn & Mozart Emma Kirkby 1
1998 The Pure Voice of Emma Kirkby Emma Kirkby 1
2001 Sacred Cantatas Georg Friedrich Händel; London Baroque, Emma Kirkby 1
2001 Gloria / Dixit Dominus Georg Friedrich Händel; Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra, Laurence Cummings, Emma Kirkby 1
2003 Sacred Cantatas, Volume 1 Dietrich Buxtehude; The Purcell Quartet, Emma Kirkby, Suzie LeBlanc, Peter Harvey, Clare Salaman 1
2005 Sacred Cantatas, Volume 2 Dietrich Buxtehude; The Purcell Quartet, Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Peter Harvey, Clare Salaman 1
2006 Musique and Sweet Poetrie: Jewels from Europe around 1600 Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg 1
2006 Magnificat Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Hayes; Emma Kirkby, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker 1
2007 Leçons de ténèbres Couperin, Lalande; Emma Kirkby, Agnès Mellon, Charles Medlam, Terence Charlston 1
2010 Orpheus in England Dowland, Purcell; Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg 1
Arie antiche Emma Kirkby 1
Italian Cantatas Handel; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Elizabethan Songs: The Lady Musick Emma Kirkby 1
1994 Emma Kirkby - A Portrait Emma Kirkby 1
2001 The Essential Emma Kirkby Emma Kirkby 1
2004 Lute Songs John Dowland, Robert Jones; Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley 1
Stabat Mater Pergolesi; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Exultate Jubilate Emma Kirkby 1
Emma Kirkby Collection Emma Kirkby 1
Favourite Mozart Arias Emma Kirkby 1
Olympia's Lament Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley & Sigismondo d'India 1

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