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5.0 out of 5 stars Kirkby and Bach - nothing could be better, 3 Nov 2003
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The title really sums it up. As a paid-up member of the Kirkby Bootboys Brigade, I could fill the review with all the usual adjectives like "superb", "pure", "divine" etc., but it really is pointless. If you have heard her before, especially singing Bach, this CD will come as no suprise and is a pure delight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 8 July 2008
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R. McFadden "Rog' the Runner" (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
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Beautiful singing by the ever-delightful Emma Kirkby backed by some excellent playing by Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music. Kirkby has impeccable phrasing and a light touch with Bach and there is an undeniably English sound to this CD, in places almost a hint of Purcell sung in German. This is Bach with a smile. Buy and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma Kirkby (soprano) with AAM/Hogwood- Bach Wedding cantatas etc, 2 July 2013
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J. R. M. Bailes "John Ba" (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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These recordings were made in the mid-1990s with Emma's voice not quite so liquid and flexible as ten years previously but nevertheless still a delight to hear. She here treats us to the two wedding cantatas BWV 202 and 210 and, for good measure, the arias 'Bist du bei nir' and 'Gedenke doch, mein Geist plus the beautiful 'Schlummert ein' aria from cantata 82. Not surprisingly she pays great attention to detail- note the clarity of rapid scale passages with every note in place. As in several other Kirkby recordings, she is more than adequately supported by Christopher Hogwood and a small group from the Academy of Ancient Music. Decca's very informative booklet provides all libretti in the original German plus English and French translations. I have given only four stars to this recording mainly because I'm not so keen on the wedding cantatas compared to much else of Bach's output. I get more out of the Coffee and Peasant cantatas, especially Kirby's fine recording of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 23 Nov 2013
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Emma kirkby is always good a lovely voice, and good music to go with it, Christopher Hogwood one always looks for he is always good
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Bach, J.S.: Wedding Cantatas
Bach, J.S.: Wedding Cantatas by Academy Of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble and Christopher Hogwood and Emma Kirkby
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