Classical The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:55:03 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Kiri Sings Opera: at the Bowl of Brooklands (1967) Kiri Sings Opera: at the Bowl of Brooklands (1967)

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1. La Bohème - Si, mi chiamano Mimi
2. La Bohème - Donde lieta usci
3. La Bohème - Quando me n'vo
4. Tosca - Vissi d'arte
5. Faust - O Dieux! que de bijoux (Jewel Song)
6. Die Fledermaus - Mein Herr Marquis
7. Turandot - Signore, Ascolta!
8. Turandot - Tu che di gel sei cinta
9. Madama Butterfly - Un bel di vedremo
10. Il barbiere di Siviglia - Una voce poco fa

Kiri Te Kanawa - soprano 
NZBC Little Symphony Orchestra 
Juan Matteucci, Stanford Robinson – conductors

Recorded February 11, 1967 during a performance at the Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, N.Z.


Despite over a year away from New Zealand, public interest in, and affection for, the young Maori soprano Kiri Te Kanawa seems as great as ever. Kiri fans will be sure to welcome this latest record from Kiwi of a festival concert at the Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth on 11 February 1967. The quality of the recording is excellent and Kiri's singing has that freshness and charm which has already endeared her to many. Some of her recent records, mainly of lightweight stuff, have tended to give an impression of deadness. This record, in stereo, of an outdoor performance in a favourable acoustical setting, and backed by the NZBC Little Symphony Orchestra under Juan Matteucci and Stanford Robinson, does Kiri more justice.

The items are well known—from such well loved operas as La Boheme, Tosca, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Turandot (not so well known), Madam Butterfly and Barber of Seville. Kiri was, rightly I think, taken to task by critics some months ago when she appeared in Wellington because of the over-ambitious nature of some of the material she presented. The items on this record are for the most part well within the capabilities of a voice which is still developing and which still has to reach the full height of its powers. She sings effortlessly and often poignantly, notably in Mimi's farewell from Puccini's La Boheme. This is the best Kiri record yet. ---

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:57:27 +0000
Kiri Te Kanawa - Songs of Inspiration (1989) Kiri Te Kanawa - Songs of Inspiration (1989)

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1- J Strauss II-Nonnenchor (from Casanova)
2- Gounod-O Divine Redeemer
3- Verdi-Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)
4- Mendelssohn-Hear My Prayer
5- Beethoven-Hallelujah
6- Bach & Gounod-Ave Maria
7- Mascagni-Regina Coeli
8- Franck-Psalm 150
9- Mendelssohn-Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
10- Robertson-Come, Come, Ye Saints
11- Rodgers-Hammerstein-You'll Never Walk Alone
12- Bishop-Home Sweet Home (sung in Maori)
13- Rodgers-Hammerstein-Climb Every Mountain

Kiri Te Kanawa – soprano
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Julius Rudel – conductor


I brought this after watching (And taping) her 1989 Mormon Tabernacle Temple concert on PBS in 1992, and I have to said, this is one of my favorite Kiri recordings ever. It's still is!

There's some great selections on there that Kiri fans will enjoy, such as the Cavalleria Easter Hymn, Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges, Home Sweet Home sung in her native Maori (Dame Kiri herself is half-Maori), as well as some that doesn't appear on PBS (Such as the rarely-heard Nuns' Chorus, the Nabucco Va Pensiero, and Hear My Prayer sung in English).

Althrough the CD is recorded live, as the booklet notes stated, portions are topped and tailed in a separated studio session, to give the CD a studio-like recording. I do enjoy it so often. Now, only if the video of that concert is released commerically, so we can pleased it a lot. --- Mike Smith,

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:55:49 +0000
Kiri Te Kanawa - The sorceress - Haendel Celebration (1994) Kiri Te Kanawa - The sorceress - Haendel Celebration (1994)

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1. Rinaldo: Overture
2. Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga
3. Alcina: Overture
4. Giulio Cesare: Tu la mia stella sei
5. Amadigi: Sinfonia
6. Giulio Cesare: Sinfonia - V'adoro, pupille
7. Ariodante: Ballo - Musette
8. Agrippina: Bel piacere
9. Admeto: Sinfonia
10. Amadigi: Mi deride l'amante - Destero dall'empia Dite
11. Alcina: Ah! Ruggiero crudel - Ombre pallide
12. Giustino: Adagio
13. Giulio Cesare: Non disperar
14. Giulio Cesare: Piangero la sorte mia
15. Alcina: Menuet

Kiri Te Kanawa – soprano
The Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood – conductor

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:17:15 +0000
Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Verdi & Puccini Arias (2005) Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Verdi & Puccini Arias (2005)

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01. Tu Che Le Vanita Conoscesti From Don Carlo
02. Timor Di Me - D'amor Sull'ali Rosee From Il Trovatore	play
03. E Strano - Ah, Fors' E Lui From La Traviata
04. Se Come Voi Piccina Io Fossi From Le Villi			play
05. Vissi D'arte From Tosca
06. Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta From La Rondine
07. Quando Me'n Vo' Soletta Per La Via From Act I of La Boheme
08. In Quelle Trine Morbide From Manon Lescaut
09. O Mio Babbino Caro From Gianni Schicchi
10. Un Bel Di Vedremo From Madama Butterfly

Kiri Te Kanawa - soprano, 
Laurence Dale – tenor,
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
John Pritchard – conductor

Bonus Tracks
11. G. Puccini: La Rondine (The Swallow) (Ore dolci e divine) 6:04
Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Gillian Knight (Soprano),
Lillian Watson (Soprano),
Linda Finnie (Mezzo-Soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Lorin Maazel
12. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni (Ah! Fuggi il traditor) 1:08
Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Orchestra of the Théâtre National de L'opéra
Lorin Maazel
13. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni (In quali eccessi ... Mi tradí quell' alma ingrata) 6:48
Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Orchestra of the Théâtre National de L'opéra
Lorin Maazel
14. E. Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (Der kleine Sandmann bin ich) 3:00
Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano),
Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo-Soprano)
Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne
15. M. Duruflé: Requiem (Pie Jesu) 3:29
Siegmund Nimsgern (Baritone),
Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Andrew Davis


Kiri Te Kanawa gained legendary status almost overnight after her sensational debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971. From then, she moved rapidly into the front rank of international opera, and has become one of the most famous sopranos in the world.

At the time of her operatic debut she was already an experienced concert and recording artist, and equally at home in front of the cameras as on stage. Continuing to develop as a recitalist, she is now a much sought-after singer in a wide variety of musical contexts.

In the genre of opera, Kiri Te Kanawa is a familiar figure in the leading opera houses of the world: Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, the Vienna State, La Scala, San Francisco, Munich and Cologne. Her lyric soprano heroines include the three major leading roles by Richard Strauss (Arabella, The Marschallin, and the Countess in Capriccio); Mozart’s Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Pamina and, of course, the Countess Almaviva; Verdi’s Violetta, Amelia Boccanegra, Desdemona; Puccini’s Tosca, Mimi and Manon Lescaut; Johann Strauss’s Rosalinde, and Tchaikovsky’s Tatiana, also Bizet’s Micaela (or Carmen) and Gounod’s Marguerite.

On the concert stage, her natural serenity and vocal beauty have joined with the world’s major orchestral ensembles – the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Boston Symphony under the baton of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti. She has appeared at venues both vast and specialised including Glyndebourne, Tanglewood, Ravinia, the arena at Verona, the Hollywood Bowl, the festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg, and the desert outback of Australia.

Kiri has released a number of distinguished recordings including the complete Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte and Tosca, La Rondine and Manon Lescaut, plus Simon Boccanegra, Arabella, Otello, La Traviata, Der Rosenkavalier, Faust, Eugène Onegin, Carmen, Capriccio and La Bohème, along with selections of arias from French, Italian and German operas. Outside the operatic field, her recordings are equally extensive and include: Mozart concert arias; the Strauss Four Last Songs; and the notably successful Songs of the Auvergne (top of the best-seller charts in Britain); Berlioz’s Nuits d’été; Brahms’s German Requiem; Handel’s Messiah, and the Beethoven 9th and Mahler 4th Symphonies.

With versatility and poise, she joined Nelson Riddle for Blue Skies, an album of American popular songs; followed by albums of Gershwin, Porter and Kern songs and three classics of the light music stage: My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and Bernstein’s only recording of West Side Story. As well as being heard, she can also be seen on videos of Don Giovanni (dir. Joseph Losey), Le Nozze di Figaro (dir. Ponelle), Tosca (Paris Opera), Der Rosenkavalier, Die Fledermaus and Manon Lescaut (from Covent Garden), and Otello (from Covent Garden, and live from Verona), Capriccio (from San Francisco Opera) and a concert performance of My Fair Lady from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Kiri Te Kanawa was born in New Zealand, and carries the exotic blood of native Maori aristocracy. By the time she was twenty she had won the major vocal prizes available in the South Pacific, and had also started her recording career - unusual for a prima donna in any era. After moving to London and studying at the London Opera Centre, she was engaged to sing a Flower Maiden at Covent Garden. Sir Colin Davis’s attention was caught, and the young Kiri Te Kanawa was marked for Mozart’s Countess, after first appearing as Carmen in Britain and New Zealand. Since that memorable Figaro, she has mastered a large repertoire from the classics of opera to the art songs of French, German and British composers, and a great treasury of contemporary popular music.

Created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982, Kiri Te Kanawa has been conferred with honorary degrees from the Universities in Cambridge, Oxford, Dundee, Durham, Nottingham, Sunderland, Warwick, Auckland, Waikato and Chicago. She is also an honorary fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, and Wolfson College, Cambridge, and was invested with the Order of Australia in 1990. In the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, she was awarded the prestigious Order of New Zealand. Kiri is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. As a soloist at the wedding of HRH Prince Charles in St Paul’s Cathedral, she faced one of the largest direct telecast audiences of any singer in history (estimated to be over 600 million people). 1990 saw another record when, during a tour of Australia and New Zealand, her outdoor concert in the city of Auckland attracted a crowd of 140,000. After twenty five years at the forefront of musical life, in 1994 Kiri celebrated her 50th birthday, culminating in a spectacular Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Dame Kiri released a new album “Maori Songs” (EMI Label), a tribute to her background and homeland, and also performed in Gisborne, New Zealand, to welcome the first dawn of the new Millennium. Dame Kiri was the single most featured artist throughout the 2000 TODAY live global telecast – the longest ever continuous, live programme, broadcast to over eighty countries and an estimated audience of over one billion people. Dame Kiri continues to perform in concert halls and arenas throughout the world. 2002 saw her performing at the Gala concert on 1st June, at Buckingham Palace, in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee, and playing the title role in Vanessa at The Washington Opera (a role she will be repeating in Los Angeles at the end of this year). Recent highlights include the Gala Concert on 28th February 2004 in Auckland, to launch The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, a charity which aims to give support and financial aid to dedicated New Zealand singers and musicians.

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Mon, 30 May 2011 15:03:01 +0000
Kiri Te Kanawa – A Portrait (2004) Kiri Te Kanawa – A Portrait (2004)

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CD 1
1. O mio babbino caro (Puccini)	2:31
2. Baďlčro (Canteloube)	6:44
3. Malurous qu'o uno Fenno (Canteloube)	1:35
4. Porgi amor (Mozart)	4:33
5. Ch'io mi scordi di te? (Mozart)	9:52
6. Nemht meinen Dank (Mozart)	3:39
7. Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Mozart)	6:40
8. Beim Schlafengehen (R. Strauss)	4:54
9. Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)	2:49
10. Pie Jesu (Fauré)	3:47
11. Panis Angelicus (Franck)	3:41
12. Mariettas Lied (Korngold)	5:14
13. Nuns' Chorus (J. Strauss, Jr)	3:36
14. Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Rodgers)	3:15
15. With One Look (Lloyd-Webber)	3:34
16. The Most Wonderful Birthday Of All (Davis)	4:45
17. Hine e hine (Princess Te Rangi Pai)	1:44

CD 2
1. Schnelle Füße, rascher Mut (Mozart)	4:58
2. Virgins Are Like The Fair Flow'r (Gay)	2:39
3. Cease Your Funning (Gay)	1:32
4. Rejoice Greatly (Händel)	4:25
5. Blute nur (J. S. Bach)	4:41
6. Bist du bei mir BWV508 (J. S. Bach [attrib. Stölzel])	2:52
7. Aria (Bachianas brasileiras No. 5) (Villa-Lobos)	6:44
8. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Brahms)	8:24
9. Vissi d'arte (Puccini)	3:22
10. Oh, sarň la piů bella! ... Tu, tu, amore? (Puccini)	8:37
11. Je dis que rien (Bizet)	5:48
12. Labiamo ne'lieti calici (Verdi)	3:08
13. Follie! ... Sempre libera (Verdi)	4:42
14. Wouldn't It Be Loverly? (Loewe)	4:50
15. The Folks Who Live On The Hill (Kern)	4:41
16. Art Is Calling For Me (Herber)	3:56

Kiri Te Kanawa – soprano
Jose Carreras – tenor
Chris Bowers Broadbent – organ
Mitsuko Uchida - piano

Sir Colin Davis (cd1: 7)
Sir Georg Solti (cd1: 4;8;cd2:4;5;8;9;11)
Jeffrey Tate (cd1: 2;3;5; cd2: 7)
Stephen Barlow (cd1: 1;12;15;cd2: 16)
György Fisher (cd1: 6)
Julius Rudel (cd1: 9;13;14)
Charles Dutoit (cd1: 10)
Barry Rose (cd1: 11)
Waihirere Maori Group (cd1:17)	
Neville Marriner (cd2: 1)
Richard Bonynge (cd2: 2;3)
Riccardo Chailly (cd2:10)
Zubin Mehta (cd2: 12;13)
John Mauceri (cd2: 14)
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (cd2: 15)
Carl Davis (cd1: 16)


Kiri Te Kanawa has to be reckoned with as one of the major singers of art music. Over the years, Decca has kept sort of a low profile in assembling greatest-hits type packages for Te Kanawa, preferring instead to keep as many of her full-price offerings in the active catalog as possible. With Kiri Te Kanawa: A Portrait, Decca has decided to take a new approach, and the consumer comes out the winner.

Decca has dusted off a long-deleted, single-disc collection, Kiri: A Portrait, issued in 1987 as Decca/London 417645, and has generously filled it out to a two-disc set. The liner notes were written by the co-producer of this collection, Cyrus Meher-Homji (marketing and repertoire manager for Universal's classical and jazz division in Australia), and are a bit exorbitant in their unrestrained praise for Te Kanawa, but the music isn't hype, as Te Kanawa's best work was done for Decca. This disc covers Te Kanawa's take on works ranging from arias from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera to a native Maori song she has known since her childhood in New Zealand. The selection is varied and well-chosen, but for the listener, what is sung becomes a second consideration to how well Te Kanawa sings it, and hers is a silvery, beautiful voice that is heard here to its best advantage. If you are not familiar with Kiri Te Kanawa and want to know more of her work, this is likely your best option as a place to start. Established fans of Te Kanawa, however, may still want Kiri Te Kanawa: A Portrait for its convenience, good sound, and reasonable asking price. --- Uncle Dave Lewis, Rovi

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:04:36 +0000
Kiri Te Kanawa – Blue Skies (1985) Kiri Te Kanawa – Blue Skies (1985)

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1. Blue Skies
2. Speak Low
3. It Might As Well Be Spring
4. Here's That Rainy Day
5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
6. Yesterdays
7. So In Love
8. How High The Moon
9. True Love
10. Gone With The Wind
11. When I Grow To Old To Dream
12. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

Kiri Te Kanawa – soprano
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra


If Kiri Te Kanawa sang popular songs under a pseudonym, she would be recognized as one of the greatest pop singers of all time. But because we know that she is an opera star, and that therefore when she sings these songs she is doing "cross-over," she's just a curiosity in this context. Well, I know that she is an opera star, I even know something about her growing-up as my wife was U.S. Consul General in Auckland where Kiri sang in night clubs and people still speak of her as the local, home-town girl, and I still think that she is one of the greatest pop singers of all time. I also think that Nelson Riddle was among the very best arrangers of such music. Put the two of them together, and you have a winner. This is a winner. ---George Goldberg,

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]]> (bluesever) Kiri Te Kanawa Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:54:24 +0000