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Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Mozart (3CD)

While Kiri Te Kanawa was still preparing for that career-defining debut as the Countess, she made a 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 Zauberflote in 1977 followed by her leap into superstardom, when she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in July 1981. The previous month she had committed her Countess to disc in a classic recording for Decca under Georg Solti.

    This collection brings together for the first time on disc, Dame Kiri's complete Mozart recital discs for Decca (with Gyorgy Fischer) and Philips (with Sir Colin Davis and Jeffrey Tate). 

    CD 1

    1. Zaide, KV 344: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben
    2. La finta giardiniera, KV 196: Crudeli fermante … Ah dal pianto
    3. La clemenza di Tito, KV 621: S’altro che lagrime
    4. Così fan tutte, KV 588: Ei parte … Senti … Per pietà, ben mio, perdonna
    5. Il re pastore, KV 208: L’amerò, sarò costante
    6. Lucio Silla, KV 135: Pupille amate
    7. Idomeneo, KV 366: Se il padre perdei
    8. Die Zauberflöte, KV 620: Ach, ich fühl’s
    9. London Symphony Orchestra
    10. Sir Colin Davis
    11. Mass in C minor, KV 427 ‘Great’: Et incarnatus est
      Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
      Sir Neville Marriner
    12. Vesperae solennes de confessore, KV 339: Laudate Dominum
      John Constable, organ
      London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
      Sir Colin Davis
    13. Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165
      John Constable, organ
      London Symphony Orchestra
      Sir Colin Davis

    CD 2
    Le Nozze di Figaro, KV 492

    1. 1 Porgi amor
    2. 2 E Susanna non vien … Dove sono
      London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Sir Georg Solti
    3. Der Schauspieldirektor, KV 486: Bester Jüngling
      Wiener Philharmoniker
      Sir John Pritchard
    4. Così fan tutte, KV 588: Come scoglio
      Wiener Philharmoniker
      James Levine
    5. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, KV 384: Welcher Wechsel herrscht in meiner Seele …Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose
    6. Mitridate, re di Ponto, KV 87: Lungi da te, mio bene
      Frank Lloyd, horn
      Don Giovanni, KV 527
    7. Don Ottavio, son morta …Or sai chi l’onore (with Peter Bronder, tenor)
    8. Calmatevi, idol mio …Non mi dir
    9. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, KV 384: Martern aller Arten
      English Chamber Orchestra
      Jeffrey Tate

    CD 3

    1. 1 Misera! dove son … Ah! non son’io che parlo, KV 369
    2. 2 Ch’io mi scordi di te … Non temer, amato bene, KV 505
      Mitsuko Uchida, piano
      English Chamber Orchestra
      Jeffrey Tate
    3. Ah, lo prevedi … Ah, t’invola agl’occhi miei, KV 272
    4. Vado, ma dove? Oh Dei!, KV 583
    5. Oh, temerario Arbace! … Per quel Paterno amplesso, KV 79 (KV 73d)
    6. Chi sa, chi sa, qual sia, KV 582
    7. Non più. Tutto ascoltai … Non temer, amato bene, KV 490 (with Rainer Küchl,violin)
    8. Bella mia fiamma, addio! … Resta, oh cara, KV 528
    9. Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner!, KV 383
      Wiener Kammerorchester
      György Fischer
      Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano