Musique and Sweet Poetrie

Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg

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Musique and Sweet Poetrie Review

by Stephen Eddins

The subtitle of this album is "Jewels from Europe around 1600," and the "Jewels" could as well be applied to Emma Kirkby's voice and Jakob Lindberg's lute playing -- delicate but strong, beguiling, throwing off brilliant light. Kirkby's light soprano is ideal for this repertoire -- absolutely pure, but full of character and expressiveness, with a security that makes her singing sound effortless. She is well matched by Lindberg's playing, which is fleet and nuanced. He plays a sixteenth century instrument with exceptionally mellow tone that is thought to be the oldest lute still in use. Together, Kirkby and Lindberg draw the listener in as a companion with whom they are sharing precious intimacies. The songs and lute solos are eclectic, by English, Flemish, German, Italian, French, and Polish composers. The songs by the better-known English composers, such as Dowland and Morley, stand out for their expressiveness, but others, particularly the songs of Sigismondo d'India, are remarkable for their harmonic and vocal eccentricities, and the variety of the repertoire keeps the album consistently engaging. The sound of the SACD is clear and bright, and the balance between voice and lute is excellent.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:23 SpotifyAmazon
2 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:53 SpotifyAmazon
3 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
4 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 07:07 SpotifyAmazon
5 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 04:24 SpotifyAmazon
6 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
7 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
8 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
9 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 05:05 SpotifyAmazon
10 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
Toccata-Corrente-Volta
11 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:48 SpotifyAmazon
12 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:19 SpotifyAmazon
13 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:21 SpotifyAmazon
14 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
16 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
17 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 07:51 SpotifyAmazon
18 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:42 SpotifyAmazon
19 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
20 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
21 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
22 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
23 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
24 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:36 SpotifyAmazon
25 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 01:43 SpotifyAmazon
26 Emma Kirkby / Jakob Lindberg 05:33 SpotifyAmazon
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