R. STRAUSS Vier letzte Lieder Kiri Te Kanawa 4305112
Who better to grace a Gramophone Hall of Fame than Dame Kiri? Her unique appeal has always lain in the luscious, even-toned beauty of her voice, and the sheer glamour of her stage presence . . . The embodiment of the phrase "operatic royalty", Kiri could also deliver a first-rate song recital, with never an aria in sight, barring the obligatory final encore --"O mio babbino caro" . . . But as in the opera house, this wonderful Arabella and peerless Marschallin was always at her peak in Richard Strauss, whether the rapt stillness of "Morgen!", the maternal glee of "Muttertändelei" or best of all, the barnstorming "Cäcilie".