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The Very Best of Kiri Te Kanawa

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>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Signore, ascolta!
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>     Ecco
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>     La mamma morta
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Attendo, attendo... Addio, del passato
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Je marche sur tous les chemins... Obéissons quand leur voix appelle
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>     Depuis le jour
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>     Elle a fui, la tourterelle!
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Me voilà seule... Comme autrefois
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>     Ach, ich fühl's
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>     Dich, teure Halle
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz
>     Wie nahte mir der Schlummer... Leise, leise, fromme Weise
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>     Da geht er hin, der aufgeblas'ne schlechte Kerl
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>     Glück, das mir verblieb
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
>     2. La Flûte enchantée
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Duparc, Henri : Le manoir de Rosemonde
>Gershwin, George : George White's Scandals of 1924
>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Kern, Jerome : Long ago
>Kern, Jerome : A Fine Romance, song (from the film "Swing Time")
>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
>Berlin, Irving : Follow the Fleet
>Berlin, Irving : Music Box Revue
>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
>Porter, Cole : Ridin' high, song (from "Red, Hot and Blue")
>Porter, Cole : I've got you under my skin, song (from the film "Born to Dance")
>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
>Porter, Cole : True love, song (from "High Society")
>Kent, Walter : I'll Be Home for Christmas
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Martin, Easthope (Frederick John) : Come to the Fair
>Traditional, Irish : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : The Keel Row
>Traditional, Scottish : Comin' Thro' the Rye
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Traditional : Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai, Maori song
>Traditional : Po Ata Rau (Now is the Hour), Maori song

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Duparc, Henri : Le manoir de Rosemonde
>Gershwin, George : George White's Scandals of 1924
>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Kern, Jerome : Long ago
>Kern, Jerome : A Fine Romance, song (from the film "Swing Time")
>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
>Berlin, Irving : Follow the Fleet
>Berlin, Irving : Music Box Revue
>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
>Porter, Cole : Ridin' high, song (from "Red, Hot and Blue")
>Porter, Cole : I've got you under my skin, song (from the film "Born to Dance")
>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
>Porter, Cole : True love, song (from "High Society")
>Kent, Walter : I'll Be Home for Christmas
>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
>Martin, Easthope (Frederick John) : Come to the Fair
>Traditional, Irish : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song
>Traditional, Scottish : The Keel Row
>Traditional, Scottish : Comin' Thro' the Rye
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
>Traditional : Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai, Maori song
>Traditional : Po Ata Rau (Now is the Hour), Maori song
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After the Covent Garden Nozze di Figaro, an international career was assured. With a carefully chosen repertoire that included the principal soprano roles of Mozart, as well as a number of Verdi, Puccini and Richard Strauss heroines, Kiri went on to triumph in the major opera houses of the world. She first appeared at the Salzburg Festival in 1979 and became a regular and much-loved performer at Glyndebourne, a venue for which she has a particularly strong affection, and in 1981 Kiri was chosen to sing at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul's Cathedral, an event seen by a world-wide television audience estimated at more than 600 million people. Not surprisingly, her vibrant but creamy voice, together with her attractive stage presence, made her an ideal interpreter of the main Richard Strauss roles, and it was not long before she was singing the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, a part with which she scored a particular success. After a number of popular Italian and French arias, Kiriis heard in this programme in the Marschallin's Act I monologue, 'Da geht er hin', as well as in arias from several other German operas, including Wagner's Tannhäuser, Der Freischutz by Weber and Korngold's unjustly neglected romantic masterpiece Die tote Stadt. As a brief reminder of Kiri's achievements on the concert stage, the first CD closes with three orchestral songs by the French composers Ravel and Duparc, all of which show off the lustrous beauty of her voice to full advantage. In addition to opera and so-called serious music however, Kiri is also a great enthusiast for the lighter repertoire, including folk music and the songs of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. When performing this material, she uses the warm, lower part of her rich voice to give idiomatic performances of songs by some of America's greatest composers of popular music, such as George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Also heard here are Franz Gruber's familiar Christmas carol 'Silent Night' and a number of traditional British folk songs. These are followed by two Maori songs, in which Kiri is joined by a group of Maori singers and a number of specialist musicians who together capture the authentic style of these fascinating pieces.



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Signore, ascolta!
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Ecco
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: La mamma morta
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Attendo, attendo... Addio, del passato
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Je marche sur tous les chemins... Obéissons quand leur voix appelle
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Depuis le jour
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Elle a fui, la tourterelle!
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Me voilà seule... Comme autrefois
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Ach, ich fühl's
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Dich, teure Halle
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz :: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer... Leise, leise, fromme Weise
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Da geht er hin, der aufgeblas'ne schlechte Kerl
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: Glück, das mir verblieb
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Notes: Composition written: 1920.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920

>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano) :: 2. La Flûte enchantée
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Notes: Composition written: 1903.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Duparc, Henri : Le manoir de Rosemonde
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Gershwin, George : George White's Scandals of 1924
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Kern, Jerome : Long ago
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : A Fine Romance, song (from the film "Swing Time")
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Kern, Jerome : Music in the Air
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berlin, Irving : Follow the Fleet
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Berlin, Irving : Music Box Revue
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Porter, Cole : Ridin' high, song (from "Red, Hot and Blue")
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Peter Matz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : I've got you under my skin, song (from the film "Born to Dance")
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Peter Matz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Every time we say goodbye, song (from "Seven Lively Arts")
  • Performers: Don Lusher (Trombone); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Peter Matz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : True love, song (from "High Society")
  • Performers: Jim Hughes (Harmonica); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Peter Matz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kent, Walter : I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Performers: Laurie Holloway (Piano); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1953

>Gruber, Franz : Silent Night
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1818

>Martin, Easthope (Frederick John) : Come to the Fair
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Irish : The Last Rose of Summer, folk song
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Scottish : The Keel Row
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.

>Traditional, Scottish : Comin' Thro' the Rye
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Traditional, Irish : Londonderry Air (Danny Boy), folk song
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Douglas Gamley
  • Ensemble: Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Lon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: by 1855

>Traditional : Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai, Maori song
  • Performers: Graeme Myhre (Programming); Doug Jane (Programming); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Doy
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.

>Traditional : Po Ata Rau (Now is the Hour), Maori song
  • Performers: Graeme Myhre (Programming); Doug Jane (Programming); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Carl Doy
  • Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.