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Blue Skies: Kiri Te Kanawa Nelson Riddle and His Orcherstra, soprano

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listen  1. Berlin: Blue Skies 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Weill: Speak Low 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It Might As Well Be Spring 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Here's That Rainy Day 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Kern: Yesterdays 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. So In Love [Kiss Me Kate] 6:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. How High The Moon 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Porter: True love 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Gone With The Wind 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (From ''The Night Is Young'') 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Kern: The Folks Who Live On The Hill 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B0000041QX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
No listener to this CD will be disappointed. Te Kanawa's velvety, rich voice takes on a whole new sound when singing Gershwin....her transition from opera to broadway is incredible, and her clear diction, the way she lets her emotion come through her voice as well as her amazing tone...makes her quite unlike any other opera (aka broadway) singer of her time. While her operatic recordings are absolutley brilliant, this incredible artist's broadway recordings are all spot on as well. A definite 5 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on September 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was the last project that Nelson Riddle was able to complete in 1985 with New Zealand opera star Kiri Te Kanawa before his death. Provided you like Kiri's voice, I think she does a good job singing popular ballads and Nelson's arrangements are as inventive as ever. He continues in somewhat the same vein as the arrangements he did for the trio of LPs that he made with pop singer Linda Ronstadt.

Here Kiri sings 12 songs by some of the greatest of American popular composers and lyricists of the 20th century. The title track is from Irving Berlin, and on other tracks we have Kurt Weill (`Speak low'), Rodgers and Hart (`I didn't know what time it was'), Rodgers and Hammerstein (`it might as well be string'), Cole Porter (`True love') and others of equal greatness. This is an album I treasured on LP and now I play it just as much on CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pedan on October 19, 2012
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This is the kind of album you can play as tasteful accompaniment for a gathering, or can give full attention to for a true listening experience. I am not a Nelson Riddle can do-no-wronger. I find his legendary arrangements to really only be as great as the singer they are done for. But this is one of the times when it is sublime because the singer is simply divine. Kiri Te Kanawa is the greatest classical star of her generation, and on this particular outing into the popular realms, which she has spent quite a lot of time in, the result is gorgeous, evocative, and nuanced. She uses the rich lower register of her glorious soprano to interpret the songs, each with her unmatched and ever-present gift of always giving life but never imposing her own ambitions upon the material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Goldberg on August 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
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.
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