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Lute songs from the Elizabethan era by John Dowland and others
Music for a consort of viols by Anthony Holborne, John Dowland and others
Following the execution of her stepmother in 1542, eight-year-old Elizabeth Tudor decided never to marry. The myth that she – who would later become Queen Elizabeth I – remained a virgin was part of her self-stylisation as the “Virgin Queen”. In any case, the lute songs from her era sound virginal when sung by Emma Kirkby in her flawless voice. Just like Queen Elizabeth, Dame Emma Kirkby seems to remain forever young. Lorenz Duftschmid complements her sweet songs on his viola da gamba with John Dowland’s flow of tears.
Emma Kirkby is the grande dame of early music who has lost nothing of her fascination even after decades of releasing records and playing concerts. The magic radiating from her silvery voice and clever interpretations remains unbroken. Her working relationship with the Swedish lute player Jakob Lindberg has been a long and successful one.
Together with his ensemble, Lorenz Duftschmid – the Austrian virtuoso on the viola da gamba – explores a broad repertoire ranging from Celtic music to the First Viennese School on a world-class level.