Italian Cantatas

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HANDEL
Italian Cantatas
Emma Kirkby (soprano) Steven Lubin (fortepiano) / The Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood

[ Australian Decca SBS Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 27 July 2005

"As ever she is completely assured at a technical level, dazzling with her virtuosity but always in the service of expression and the music."
(MusicWeb Nov 2005)

"These performances were first recorded in December 1984 and wear their age well. Kirkby's voice suits this style of smaller-scale Handelian music. Whereas in the bigger, operatic piece I long for a richer, more vibrant voice, in these chamber pieces she is ideally suited, delightfully capturing the fugitive pleasure and pains that Handel depicts. As ever she is completely assured at a technical level, dazzling with her virtuosity but always in the service of expression and the music.

Kirkby is beautifully supported by Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music, with crisp, dance-like accompaniments and some fine solo instrumental playing."
(MusicWeb Nov 2005)

As one of music's greatest recyclers, Handel would have earned untold respect in our time. That he managed (largely) to achieve this so felicitously, so that whether you were listening to an aria in the context of an English oratorio or an Italian cantata it seemed intuitively 'right', is tribute to his skill.

This collection of four Italian cantatas by Kirkby and Hogwood has been something of a benchmark for this repertoire with an equal display of fireworks and cantabile and returns after a long absence to the catalogue, now at budget price.

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