Songs of the Golden Age
By Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg
RNCM Concert Hall, 22 November 2014
This exquisite Saturday evening concert, a million miles away from the facile X Factor crew, was an impeccable combination of virtuoso musicianship and sublime English songs.
Its canvas covered a century and more – there were songs from Dowland, Byrd, Purcell and others, not least Shakespeare – but the time whizzed by all too fast.
Emma Kirkby gave wonderful performances of each song; Jakob Lindberg accompanied her on lute and played some instrumentals as well. They had some quite jaunty melodies, these instrumentals/lute solos, which made you wonder about their kinship with traditional folk songs, about which see the review of The Full English.
A perfect way to spend a Saturday evening.