Dame Kiri and Friends: The Gala Concert

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
With her beautiful lyric soprano voice and a glamorous stage presence to match, Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the key singers of her generation. She also practically put New Zealand on the operatic map, so it's only fitting that she's created a foundation to support young artists from her native land. This festive concert represented the project's launch, and -- just a week shy of Te Kanawa's 60th birthday -- revealed a voice still in command of the warm and lustrous quality that made it famous. Te Kanawa revisits signature roles, such as the Countess from The Marriage of Figaro, and luxuriates in soaring arias like "Depuis le jour" from Charpentier's Louise; other career ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
With her beautiful lyric soprano voice and a glamorous stage presence to match, Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the key singers of her generation. She also practically put New Zealand on the operatic map, so it's only fitting that she's created a foundation to support young artists from her native land. This festive concert represented the project's launch, and -- just a week shy of Te Kanawa's 60th birthday -- revealed a voice still in command of the warm and lustrous quality that made it famous. Te Kanawa revisits signature roles, such as the Countess from The Marriage of Figaro, and luxuriates in soaring arias like "Depuis le jour" from Charpentier's Louise; other career touchstones, from Richard Strauss (the sumptuous "Morgen") to a traditional Maori song ("Hine e Hine"), are represented as well. The gala evening enlisted other New Zealand singers in supporting roles, joining Te Kanawa in popular ensembles including the "Flower Duet" from Delibes's Lakmé and a love duet from Puccini's La Bohème. Veteran Kiwi soprano Malvina Major is nearly an equal partner here, taking some of the more dramatic soprano repertoire (including arias from Tosca and Madama Butterfly) on her own. In fact, this is practically a one-disc "Opera's Greatest Hits" compilation -- and yes, there is a tenor on hand for "Nessun Dorma." The Enya song performed in homage to the New Zealand-filmed Lord of the Rings may seem a bit artistically dubious, but ultimately it's a treat to hear Te Kanawa sing just about anything. If the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation accomplishes half as much on behalf of music as the soprano herself has done, it will be a praiseworthy effort indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355797629
  • Catalog Number: 57976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tarakihi - Maori Traditional & Julian Reynolds (1:54)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi Amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:11)
  3. 3 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:47)
  4. 4 Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4) - Richard Strauss & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:33)
  5. 5 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera - Georges Bizet & Julian Reynolds (4:30)
  6. 6 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song - Georges Bizet & Julian Reynolds (4:36)
  7. 7 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Mercè diletti amiche - Giuseppe Verdi & Malvina Major (3:30)
  8. 8 Louise, opera: Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:52)
  9. 9 Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais, le jasmin - Léo Delibes & Kiri Te Kanawa (6:11)
  10. 10 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'Arte - Giacomo Puccini & Malvina Major (3:51)
  11. 11 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Julian Reynolds (3:26)
  12. 12 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Malvina Major (5:15)
  13. 13 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:41)
  14. 14 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Che soave zefiretto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:32)
  15. 15 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Io son l'umile ancella - Francesco Cilèa & Kiri Te Kanawa (3:10)
  16. 16 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:11)
  17. 17 Candide, operetta in 2 acts (original version, withdrawn): Make Your Garden Grow - Leonard Bernstein & Julian Reynolds (4:19)
  18. 18 Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503): Champagne Chorus - Johann Strauss II & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:28)
  19. 19 May It Be (for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring) - Enya & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:52)
  20. 20 Hine e Hine (Maori Lullaby) - Princess Te Rangi Pai (Fanny Rose Howie) & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiri Te Kanawa Primary Artist
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