The Best of Kiri Te Kanawa (The Millennium Collection)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Kiri Te Kanawa entry in Universal Music's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series of discount-priced best-ofs is a modest, risk-averse effort that includes both well-known opera arias performed by the New Zealand diva from the works of Mozart, Johann Strauss II, and Verdi, some art and sacred songs (notably both the Bach and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria"), and a few tracks that might be recognizable to an audience beyond opera lovers, such as Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone"; "O, Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, heard on the soundtrack of A Room with a View; and "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Handel's Samson,...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Kiri Te Kanawa entry in Universal Music's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series of discount-priced best-ofs is a modest, risk-averse effort that includes both well-known opera arias performed by the New Zealand diva from the works of Mozart, Johann Strauss II, and Verdi, some art and sacred songs (notably both the Bach and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria"), and a few tracks that might be recognizable to an audience beyond opera lovers, such as Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone"; "O, Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, heard on the soundtrack of A Room with a View; and "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Handel's Samson, which Te Kanawa sang at the 1981 wedding of British Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Samplers like this seem a little silly when applied to classical artists, whom most aficionados prefer to hear at length, but this is a reasonable collection of Te Kanawa's career highlights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947672944
  • Catalog Number: 000415402

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiri Te Kanawa Primary Artist, Soprano (Vocal)
Colin Davis Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
André Previn Conductor
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
English Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Edita Gruberová Soprano (Vocal)
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Barry Rose Conductor
Utah Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Zubin Mehta Conductor
Georg Solti Conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Alfredo Kraus Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent Organ
Julius Rudel Conductor
Lynn Harrell Cello
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Olga Hegedus Cello
Thelma Owen Harp
Vienna State Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Orchestra Stabile del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Performing Ensemble
Crispian Steele-Perkins Trumpet
St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London Choir, Chorus
Stephen Barlow Conductor
Jeffrey Tate Conductor
Technical Credits
Joseph Canteloube Composer
Charles Gounod Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Johann Strauss II Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
Heitor Villa-Lobos Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Joseph Szurly Liner Notes
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