Kiri Te Kanawa is no stranger to the repertoire of popular song, having notably recorded the works of composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, among others. And while many operatic performers tend to overwhelm when they venture into the world of pop music, Te Kanawa brings acute artistic sensitivity and musical intelligence to bear on her interpretations. On KIRI SINGS KERN, she lends her beautiful voice and refined artistic temperament to the songs of Jerome Kern, the legendary composer of the landmark musical 'Show Boat.'
Kern represents the bridge between European operetta and American musical comedy and his was perhaps the greatest influence on the development of what would become the Broadway musical. He was above all a brilliant melodist, and Te Kanawa immerses herself completely in the sophistication of his music, offering elegant, graceful accounts of masterpieces such as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Smoke Get In Your Eyes," "All The Things You Are," and "Long Ago and Far Away." Her reading of "A Fine Romance" is bright and breezy and she gives a charming, engaging performance of "Bill." Jonathan Tunick surrounds Te Kanawa's voice with lush arrangements that capture the essence of the music and sensitively support Dame Kiri's brilliant artistry.