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Kiri Sings Berlin / Te Kanawa, Tunick, Abbey Road Ensemble


Release Date: 01/20/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56415   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Liner Notes

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kiri Te Kanawa's recording of Irving Berlin songs, KIRI SINGS BERLIN, is much in the same vein as Sylvia McNair's recordings of Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen songs: carefully chosen keys and close microphones allow the singer to do things which would never carry in a live performance, but with beautiful results.
The program, assembled in collaboration with arranger and conductor Jonathan Tunick, includes fifteen Berlin songs from the romance of "What'll I Do?" to the dancing charm of "Cheek to Cheek." Although Berlin may be known today for the songs featured in the films 'White Christmas' (1954) and 'Holiday Inn' (1942) which appear on television every December, all but four of the songs predate both movies. Tunick's orchestrations use
Read more varied ensembles, from a lush complement of strings for a Nelson Riddle-type sound in the ballads to a dance orchestra for the up-tempo numbers.
"Crossover" albums of this type may not be to everyone's taste, but Te Kanawa's singing and Tunick's able accompaniments make this disc an elegant and lovely addition to the catalog. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Always by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
2.
Easter Parade: It Only Happens When I Dance with You by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
3.
As Thousands Cheer: Easter Parade by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
4.
Top Hat: Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
5.
Top Hat: Isn't This a Lovely Day by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
6.
How Deep is the Ocean? by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
7.
On The Avenue: I've got my love to keep me warm by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
8.
Call Me Madam: It's a lovely day today by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
9.
Follow the Fleet: Let's face the music and dance by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
10.
Say It Isn't So by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
11.
The song is ended by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
12.
Annie Get Your Gun: They say it's wonderful by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
13.
Annie Get Your Gun: I got the sun in the morning by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
14.
What'll I Do? by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 
15.
Betsy: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Jonathan Tunick 

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