The Kirkby sound
Handel from a special voice,
with BASIL RAMSEY
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
CD INFORMATION - BIS BIS-CD-1065
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