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Handel from a special voice,
with BASIL RAMSEY


BIS    BIS-CD-1065

Händel Sacred Cantatas - Emma Kirkby, London Baroque (p) 2001 BIS Records AB

 

The CD collection has long been an inviting purchase for those whose musical predilections have always cherished a few outstanding performers. Emma Kirkby has other compilations of this kind in the catalogues, but this recent collection of Latin motets by Handel brings little-known pieces out of permanent twilight, notably Laudate pueri from Handel's teens (17 or so). It reminds me of the intensity that is also found in Dixit Dominus of the same period.

The 27 tracks are shared between voice and instruments, and the listener curious about these byways of Handel's miniatures has an enjoyable time ahead, plus some instrumental delicacies. Emma Kirkby is as radiant as I remember in live and recorded concerts for some years [listen -- track 3, 0:00-1:11].

 

Copyright © 27 June 2001 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK

 

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