Dame Emma Kirkby turns 70 on February 26. For many hers was the voice of the early music movement and she has enriched the lives of thousands of music-lovers for nearly a half century through her performances and numerous recordings.
For this week's Gramophone Podcast, James Jolly paid her a visit at her North London home and talked about some of the composers, artists and producers who all played a major part in her long career.
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The music for this podcast comes from the Hyperion catalogue:
Hildegard of Bingen: O Jerusalem - Gothic Voices / Christopher Page (Hyperion CDA66039)
Handel: Giulio Cesare – 'V'adoro pupille' – The Brandenburg Consort / Roy Goodman (Hyperion CDA66860)
Dowland: His golden locks Time hath to silver turned – Anthony Rooley (lute) (Hyperion CDH44562)
W Jackson: Time has not thinn'd my flowing hair – Rufus Müller (ten) and Frances Kelly (hp) (Hyperion CD66497)
Photo: Allan Watson
We've also produced a special playlist on Apple Music, Spotify and Qobuz featuring Emma Kirkby's finest moments on record: