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Kiri Te Kanawa - Greatest Hits - Arias And Popular Songs


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56722   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGustave CharpentierThomas MooreFrancesco Cilèa,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Conductor:  Myung-Whun ChungJeffrey TateDouglas GamleyJonathan Tunick,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraNational Philharmonic Orchestra London members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the time of her sensational Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974, Kiri Te Kanawa has been renowned for a striking stage presence and an even more remarkable voice, really two voices in one: a powerful soprano big enough for Strauss and Verdi, and a radiant lyrical element that has made her one of the most sought-after Mozart singers of her generation.
Taste in repertoire selection has always been one of Te Kanawa's strong suits, and it is amazing how well this collection of arias and popular ballads hangs together, more like a concept album than a greatest hits disc. That concept would seem to be unalloyed romantic ecstasy, expressed in the most opulent and sensuous ways, whether it be by Puccini, Korngold, or Jerome Kern. And lest that
Read more last name be cause for concern, let it be said that Dame Kiri's version of "All the Things You Are" shows her to be a great Tin Pan Alley stylist, miles beyond most of her classical colleagues. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Tis the last rose of summer by Thomas Moore
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Douglas Gamley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London members
Period: Romantic 
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ecco, respiro appena..." 
5.
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Douglas Gamley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London members
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Annie Laurie by Lady John Douglas Scott
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Douglas Gamley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London members
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Ma voilà seule dans la nuit by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Always by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Roberta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, O bimbo
Louise: Depuis le jour (Act 3)
The Last Rose of Summer
Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco: respiro appena ... Io son l'umile ancella (Act 1)
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare (Act 3)
Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are
Les Pecheurs de Perles, ACT 2 - Les ruines de temple indien: Récit et cavatine: Me voila seule dans la nuit ... Comme autrefois (Leïla)
Always
Roberta: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Turandot: Signore, ascolta (Act I)
Greensleeves (arr. Gamley)
Andrea Chenier: La mamma morta (Act III)
Die tote Stadt: Mariettas Lied: Glück, das mir verblieb
Annie Laurie (arr. Gamley)

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