Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7; La Mort de Cléopâtre (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 594-2 | Time: 00:52:19

Kiri Te Kanawa does well by these songs, avoiding the billowing excesses of sentiment that in other hands (or vocal chords) can make them sound much too soggy. Although Berlioz gathered them all together under the present title, all of the songs were composed at different times for different singers, so they aren't really a cycle at all. I seldom listen to all of them at once, and you should feel free to take them in any order that suits you. "The Death of Cleopatra" is an early cantata that perfectly suits Jessye Norman's stately delivery. She's always at her best playing royalty, and if they're dying in mortal agony, so much the better.

Kiri Te Kanawa - Mozart- Sacred Music [1990]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 26, 2017
Kiri Te Kanawa - Mozart- Sacred Music [1990]

Kiri Te Kanawa - Mozart- Sacred Music (Colin Davis) [1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 341 MB
Classical | Label: Elite Classics | Catalog Number: AS-164-A | TT: 01'16'’40

While Kiri Te Kanawa was still preparing for that career-defining debut as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, she made her first Mozart disc under Colin Davis: a collection of sacred music, including the Solemn Vespers, KV 339, with its serene setting of ‘Laudate Dominum’, and Exsultate, jubilate. The Countess became the singer’s calling-card, and she repeated the role immediately in San Francisco and at Glyndebourne. The thwarted Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni followed, again under Davis at Covent Garden, before Kiri took her Countess to the Met in New York in February 1976, and sang her first Fiordiligi in Paris, in a production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The Paris Opera was also the location of Kiri’s debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in 1977. Her leap into superstardom came when she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in July 1981…
Kiri Sings Gershwin (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, New Princess Theater Orchestra, John McGlinn)

Kiri Sings Gershwin (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, New Princess Theater Orchestra, John McGlinn) [1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 317 MB
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | Catalog Number: D 170258 | TT: 46’05

Original arrangements of Gershwin tunes are rare these days, but that's what you'll hear in this album by Kiri Te Kanawa. Granted, the arrangements sound somewhat dated according to 21st century tastes, but that's what makes them fascinating. These were like nothing anyone else was writing when the George and Ira first brought them to life. Kiri uses a different, somewhat breathier voice than you might be used to on her classical albums, probably not the type of voice Gershwin had in mind, but I think it generally works pretty well.
By Dennis Brightwell

Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration [1994]  Music

Posted by Aregak at Feb. 24, 2017
Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration [1994]

Kiri Te Kanawa: Sorceress - A Handel Celebration (Christopher Hogwood; The Academy of Ancient Music) [1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 298 MB
Classical | Label: Philips; Polygram Records | Catalog Number: 434 992-2 | TT: 77:55

Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa ONZ DBE AC (born 6 March 1944) is a New Zealand/Māori soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Acclaimed as one of the most beloved sopranos in both the United States and Britain she possesses a warm full lyric soprano voice, singing a wide array of works in multiple languages from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini…
Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)

Kiri Te Kanawa - Best Of Kiri Te Kanawa: Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Schumann, Legrand (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 67 Mb
Genre: Classical, Vocal, Opera | Label: Erato | # 3484-26539-2 | Time: 00:56:31

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's magnificent soprano breathes a fresh spirit into operatic favorites by Mozart, Puccini and Wagner in this collection of arias and other songs. Per Piate, Ben Mio, O Mio Bambino Caro and Vissi D'Arte are joined by Gustav Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter and the pop classic "The Windmills of Your Mind," among others. A diverse and exciting collection from one of the finest voices of our age.
Strauss, Johann - Die Fledermaus (Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey) (2003/1984)

Strauss, Johann - Die Fledermaus (Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey) (2003/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 176 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

The operetta Die Fledermaus is Johann Strauss' most brilliant and best-known stage work. It's a glittering comedy packed with Viennese music that has become a firm favourite in opera houses all over the world. A top international cast really have a ball in this highly-acclaimed 1984 New Year's Eve performance from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in which Placido Domingo makes a very stylish British conducting debut. Kiri Te Kanawa stars with her celebrated performance as Rosalinde, and the charismatic Austrian baritone Hermann Prey is Eisenstein, one of his trademark roles. The cast also includes Benjamin Luxon as Dr Falke and Hildegarde Heichele as Adele. The magnificent stage designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman recreate all the style and opulence of Viennese society in its golden period before the First World War. This production also features some very surprising celebrity guests at Prince Orlofsky's special gala performance party including comedians Hinge and Bracket, French singer Charles Aznavour and Merle Park and Wayne Eagling in Sir Frederick Ashton's specially choreographed pas de deux.
Richard Strauss - Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009 [Kiri Te Kanawa, Hagegard, Bar, Heilmann, Ulf Schirmer]

Richard Strauss - Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Håkan Hagegård, baritone; Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Ulf Schirmer

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 621 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 344 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: DECCA | # 478 0333 | Time: 02:19:18

The discography of Strauss’s last opera is not exactly crowded, but the two existing accounts provide formidable competition for any newcomer. First there was Sawallisch, conducting the Philharmonia for EMI in 1957 (unfortunately in mono) and a cast led by Schwarzkopf, Ludwig and Fischer-Dieskau. Then, in 1971, came that other supreme Straussian, Karl Böhm, with Janowitz, Troyanos and (again) Fischer-Dieskau, recorded in Munich for DG. The new Decca set brings together many of today’s leading exponents of Strauss’s roles, dominated, for me, by the unsurpassed Clairon of Brigitte Fassbaender, now alas, never to be heard on stage again following her retirement. Heilmann and Bär make an ardent pair of rival suitors, Hagegård an admirable Count and Halem a sonorous, characterful La Roche. (There is a delightful link with the past history of the opera in the person of Hans Hotter: he sang Olivier in the 1942 premiere, La Roche in the 1957 Sawallisch set, and here, at 84 when recorded in December 1993, a one-line cameo as a servant.) For many, though, the set’s desirability will rest on Te Kanawa’s Countess.
Puccini - Manon Lescaut (Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo) (2003/1983)

Puccini - Manon Lescaut (Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo) (2003/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | NVS ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Japanese

This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera, recorded in 1983, features two of the biggest stars in opera, Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa, in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo’s performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Guiseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production. Puccini’s first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark sensuality and also a youthful freshness, its untamed outpouring of melody just as passionate as his more famous operas, La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. The role of Des Grieux is one of the most taxing in the tenor repertoire and Domingo’s passionate portrayal is one of his greatest achievements.
Mozart - Don Giovanni (Joseph Losey, Lorin Maazel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ruggero Raimondi) [2008/1978]

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Joseph Losey, Lorin Maazel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ruggero Raimondi) [2008/1978]
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR Auto Pan&Scan | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch); (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.08Gb+ 5.65 Gb+3,94Gb (2*DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: Second Sight / Gaumont | Sub: English | 169 min | +3% Recovery

Infamous womanizer Don Giovanni makes conquest after conquest, leaving seduced and abandoned women in his wake. When the ghost of a Commendatore he has killed appears, Giovanni is given a final chance to change his philandering ways or face the terrors of hell. Joseph Losey's hugely successful adaptation of Mozarts greatest opera features wonderful performances from an excellent cast and stunning cinematography.

Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Michel Legrand (1992)  

Posted by Speedyclick at Dec. 26, 2010
Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Michel Legrand (1992)

Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Michel Legrand (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image & cue & log) | tracks: 18 | ~ 299 Mb | 1:03:05 | Scans
Label: TELDEC | Genre: Jazz, classic, vocal

A beautifull collection of Michel Legrand's all-time classics, sung by the wonderfull velvet voice of Kiri Te Kanawa, the worldwide famous soprano from New Zealand and the Maori country. Te Kanawa's voice has a vibrant but mellow quality that is ample in size without being overly heavy or forced. Music critics have consistently praised the freshness and warmth of her voice.