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Emma Kirkby & Jakob LindbergEmma Kirkby & Jakob Lindberg

Friday, October 2, 2015, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

The Golden Age Revived: 17th-century songs of Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Blow, Humfrey, and more

Purchase tickets at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational starting at 7pm!

BEMF’s 2015–2016 Season opens with a brilliant program by celebrated soprano Emma Kirkby and virtuoso lutenist Jakob Lindberg that harkens back to the “Golden Age” of the Ancient Greeks. The poets and musicians of the late Renaissance and early Baroque were captivated by these classic myths, and retold innumerable stories of heroines and gods, of love and tragedy. Long revered as a singer of impeccable taste and intelligent musicianship, Kirkby’s grace and subtlety brings an exquisite emotional resonance to these masterworks.

Post-Concert Talk following the performance

“Kirkby remains one of the treasures of the music world.”
—Toronto Globe and Mail

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VIDEO

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg perform the Renaissance carol "Sweet was the song the virgin sang" as part of Opera North's Lullaby Project.

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AUDIO

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg perform a clip from Dowland's "Go Crystal Tears".

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PROGRAM

Creation
Ferrabosco: So Beauty on the waters stood

Metamorphosis
Anonymous: When Daphne fair
Danyel: Coy Daphne fled
Dowland: When Phoebus first did Daphne love
Anonymous: Prelude — The English Nightingale

Heroines
Byrd: Constant Penelope
Lanier: Hero and Leander
William Lawes: Aire — Almain — Courante — Sarabande

Lyric Poets
Henry Lawes: Thelo legein Atreidas (Anacreon)
Henry Lawes: I long to sing (Anacreon Englished)
Blow: If mighty wealth (Anacreon)

Love, death, and Fate
Wilson: Diffugere nives (Horace)
Amodei: La Parca
Kapsperger: Toccata
Piccinini: Ciaccona Mariona alla vera Spagnola

The death of Dido
Mudarra: Dulces exuviae
Purcell: Cebell — Ritornell — A New Irish Measure — A Scottish Measure — A New Ground — Hornpipe

Venus and Cupid
Humfrey: Cupid once, when weary grown
Purcell: Cupid, the slyest rogue alive
Blow: Sappho to the goddess of love

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